The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara is likely to launch in India sometime around the second half of 2019. It will be priced in-between the price bracket of INR 9 lakh to 14 lakh, sitting above the Vitara Brezza in Maruti’s model line-up. Its competition will be the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Kia’a new compact SUV.
Maruti Suzuki has been quite well in the Indian market with its products being the best sellers in almost all the budget segments that currently exist in our Indian market. However, there is one segment in which Maruti is not able to make its mark yet, partially because of it sort of does not have the right product for the job. You see, the compact SUV segment is currently in huge demand in India and products like the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster are ruling it since long. Maruti tried taking a slice of the pie with the S-Cross and then the S-Cross facelift, however, it was never really able to beat its rivals curtsey its crossover look in comparison to the SUV stance which the others had. In order to curb this and make a mark in this converted segment, Maruti Suzuki is likely to introduce the 2018 iteration of the Vitara SUV in India by the end of 2019. Read our complete report to know more about this upcoming product.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – What this SUV is?
Out in the international market, this compact SUV is running its fourth generation. Introduced in 1988, this vehicle was a compact SUV offering to seat for 5 passengers. The go anywhere capability and the added reliability quotient translated to a successful run over the years. The 2018 iteration of this vehicle takes certain design cues from the Grand Vitara. It features a revolutionary design change though. The compact-SUV now looks more like a crossover with a sloping roofline and streamlined exteriors.
By the looks of it, Maruti Suzuki has been planning to launch the 2018 Maruti Vitara in India for a while as it was spotted testing in a production-ready variant which is not even disguised. Unlike test vehicles, which sport red number plates, this vehicle surprisingly sports a general one. When checked online, this vehicle is registered with Gurugram North Authority and is active right now. The general number plate suggests that this vehicle has already enlisted with the transport authority. The new generation iteration of this compact SUV will feature a couple of similarities to the Brezza, specifically the side panels and dual-tone body colours. While the latter measures less than four-meter in length, it will host overall extended dimensions. Comparing this to the Hyundai Creta, the latter is bigger in terms of exterior dimensions.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – Launch Price
|2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara||Petrol||Diesel|
|Base Price||INR 9 lakh||INR 10 lakh|
|Top-Trim Price||INR 12 lakh||INR 14 lakh|
The upcoming 2018 Maruti Vitara was spied testing in India recently. The locally-manufactured Brezza borrows its platform from this vehicle. The engine on offer will include a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre diesel and an all-new 1.5-litre petrol. This translates to a majority of parts on the upcoming iteration of this SUV readily available for production in India. We expect this vehicle to launch in India sometime between late 2018 and early 2019. During the same time span, Hyundai is expected to launch the Creta facelift. Perhaps Maruti will simply join the hype train as the Creta is launched.
We expect the upcoming Maruti crossover to be priced competitively with the prices starting right below the Creta. On the higher side, the new iteration of this SUV might be offered with the Suzuki AllGrip four-wheel drive allowing it to compete with the Jeep Compass as well. The 2018 Maruti Vitara is expected to be priced between INR 9 lakh for the base petrol and INR 15 lakh for the top-end diesel with optional AllGrip four-wheel drive.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – Engine Specifications
|2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara||Petrol||Diesel|
|Engine||1.5L 4-cylinder||1.6L 4-cylinder|
|Power||130 bhp (Estd)||118 bhp (Estd)|
|Torque||220 NM||320 NM|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT & AT||6-speed MT & AT|
The 2018 Maruti Vitara is expected to be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine and a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre diesel engine. The petrol unit is good for 130 bhp of max power and 220 Nm of max torque. The 1.6-litre diesel unit will churn out 118 bhp and 320 Nm of torque. Both the engines will be mated to a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The new version might be offered with an optional Suzuki AllGrip all-wheel drive that would enable the user the benefit of additional on-road grip and off-road treading capability.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – Mileage
|2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara||Petrol (Average)||Diesel (Average)|
|City||15.3 kmpl||21.2 kmpl|
|Highway||19.6 kmpl||25 kmpl|
|Average||17.5 kmpl||23.8 kmpl|
The petrol motor on the upcoming 2018 Maruti Vitara is expected to deliver around 15.3 kmpl in the city and around 19.6 kmpl out on the highway. Similarly, the diesel motor is expected to deliver 21.2 kmpl in the city and around 25 kmpl out on the highway. The average fuel economy figures for both petrol and diesel are estimated at 17.5 kmpl and 23.8 kmpl respectively.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – Dimensions
|2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara||Dimensions|
|Kerb Weight||1,730kg to 1,870 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||66-litres|
|Seating Capacity||5 Occupants|
The successor of the Grand Vitara features revolutionary changes. What was once a compact-SUV, is now a crossover. If compared to its predecessor, this one loses the ‘Grand’-ness. The new version is shorter by 125mm, lower by 35mm and has a shorter wheelbase by 140mm. It spans in length, width and height of 4,175 mm, 1,775 mm and 1,610 mm respectively. The wheelbase of this vehicle is 2,500 mm.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara – Exterior And Interior
The upcoming 2018 Maruti Suzuki Vitara will carry the same boxy old-school appeal as with the Maruti Brezza. With the increase in dimensions, this bigger SUV will offer roomier interiors than the Brezza. The Brezza and Vitara will share certain parts to keep the costs in check. The infotainment system will be directly carried over from the Brezza offering a touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It will also offer additional driver assistance and safety features.
The interiors will feature boy coloured inserts in the dashboard as well as the doors. A panoramic sunroof is offered on the international model and might be carried over to the Indian version. Since the Creta lacks one, Maruti can capitalise on that. The instrument cluster offers analogue dials reading speed and RPM while in the middle is a multi-info display and offers various info, as per the user’s requirement. The boot offers a space of 375-litres and offers intelligent under-floor storage for various compact and valuable items.
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