Maruti Suzuki is set to unveil the all-new Vitara in the third week of this month, set to become a truly global product
Maruti Suzuki is set to unveil its first mid-size SUV, Vitara, in the third week of July, sources have confirmed. But, the series production of the Hyundai Creta-rivalling SUV will start only in August with official launch thereafter.
Maruti Suzuki is currently focusing on the deliveries of the recently-launched Brezza which, as per official sources, has already garnered more than 45,000 bookings with 4 cars getting booked every single minute. The compact SUV now commands a 4-month waiting period.
But, unlike the Brezza, the Vitara is set to become a truly global product with exports planned for Europe as well as Africa. It will replace the current international Vitara for which a generation change as been long overdue.
Developed jointly with Toyota, the Vitara is essentially the Urban Cruiser Hyryder’s cousin sharing almost everything with it. Both the SUVs are built on Suzuki’s Global-C platform that currently underpins the Brezza, Ciaz, S-Cross, the new international S-Cross.
There will be 2 engines on offer – the 1.5-litre K15C petrol engine with mild hybrid tech and Toyota’s 1.5-litre TNGA engine featuring Toyota Hybrid System (THS) and e-drive transmission.
The TNGA engine exerts 91 HP and 122 Nm while the motor puts out 79 HP and 141 Nm. The engine and motor’s combined output is 114 HP. There’s a pure EV mode where the car can be forced to run on electric power alone.
The K series engine puts out the same 101 HP and 135 Nm as the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Brezza and comes mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed autobox. It also gets Suzuki’s all-wheel-drive system as an option