If launched in India, Maruti Vitara will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Kia Seltos and MG Hector.
At the moment, Maruti Brezza is dominating the sub-four-meter SUV segment. But in the mid-size SUV space, it is the Hyundai Creta that sits on the throne. Maruti, as the largest manufacturer who snatches the first place of every segment it enters, is eyeing to overthrow the segment-leading Hyundai Creta. In all likelihood, Maruti will field the mid-size Vitara to compete in this space. Maruti is not the only one who has the intention of penetrating the mid-size SUV segment. Earlier this year, we greeted two models, Tata Harrier and Nissan Kicks. Moreover, both MG Motor and Kia, two new manufacturers in India, also share the same vision. While MG recently launched the Hector, the Kia will soon introduce the Seltos.
Maruti Vitara is seen again while doing test in India
In March, images of the Vitara on its test in India were surfacing online, which started the rumour about the launch of this mid-size SUV. Recently, Maruti Vitara was spied again, reviving the speculation about the launch of the Vitara in India market.
On the latest spy images, the Vitara is seen undisguised. It bears no badge throughout the bodywork. On the fascia, the grille is left empty. The model spied in India gets the same U-shaped LED DRLs, round foglight and 17-inch alloy wheel as the international Vitara. The interior looks quite sketchy but it is evident that the Vitara will get the all-black interior scheme along with a larger touchscreen display than the current version sold overseas.
Maruti Vitara will rival against the Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, MG Hector and Kia Seltos
On the feature front, we could expect the Vitara to feature 4.2-inch MID, automatic AC, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Dual sensor brake and push start stop button along with a sunroof.
In the global market, the Maruti Vitara is available with a wide range of powertrain options, including a 1.0-litre turbo BoosterJet, 1.4 Boosterjet SZ5 ALLGRIP, 1.6-litre VVT petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. Information about the potential powertrain options for the India-spec version is scarce at the moment. It is expected that the Vitara will receive the 1.4-litre BoosterJet petrol engine. The 1.5-litre SHVS petrol unit is also a good guess. The launch of the Maruti Vitara is undoubtedly intimidating for all the mid-size SUVs including the segment-leading Hyundai Creta.
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