The budget MPV segment in india is currently rulled by the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. It enjoys a clear and unchallenged dominance over this space since its inception. After the launch of the second-generation iteration, things have tiled more in the favour of this people carrier. However, the monopoly of the Ertiga is this segment might be short-lived as Hyundai might soon launch a budget seven-seater vehicle based on the same platform as the of its upcoming subcompact SUV Venue.
The Hyundai Venue will use the same platform as that of the current spec Grand i10 an Xcent. However, it will be modified in order to accommodate the extra wheelbase. A recent report published in NDTV suggests that Hyundai could launch the Venue based MPV in India as early as next year.
In addition to sharing the same platform as that of the Hyundai Venue, the new MPV from the South Korean automaker might also get the same engine specifications as the latter. For reference, the sub-compact SUV is going to launch in India with both petrol as well as diesel engine derivatives.
The petrol variants are going to come with a 1.2-litre, turbocharged engine while the diesel derivatives could get a 1.4-litre unit borrowed from the Creta. The transmission options will include a 5-speed manual gearbox. In addition to this, select variants will also get the option of a 5-speed AMT unit.
Just like the Hyundai Venue and its competition to be, the Maruti Ertiga, the new MPV from Hyundai is going to come with quite a decent equipment list. Features can include LED projector headlamps, Daytime running lights, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play among other features to name a few. Safety features will include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors along with speed alert systems would be standard fitments.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is currently priced in-between the range of INR 7.74 lakh to INR 10.90 Lakh (ex-showroom). Expect the Hyundai Venue base MPV to fall under the same price bracket in order to stay competitive.