The Suzuki Solio is currently on sale in Japan. It is a 7-seater MPV and uses the same underpinnings as the Maruti Wagon R. Is this the hatchback’s 7-Seater version everyone is talking about?
Is the Suzuki Solio the 7-seater version of the Maruti Wagon R which is speculated to launch in India soon? Since January 2018, a number of sightings of the Suzuki Solio have been reported in India. The vehicle seen in these images is in a completely undisguised avatar. This means that this particular vehicle is has come to India for homologation purposes. And is not the actual product which will go on sale.
According to recent media reports, it is likely that Maruti is going to introduce a 7-seater version of the Wagon R in India soon. It could be that this particular vehicle is going to be the Suzuki Solio. That said, the 7-seater MPV that Maruti will launch will be in the entry-level segment. While the version of the Solio which is on sale in Japan and the one seen in the spy images is a premium vehicle.
In the international spec version, the Suzuki Solio comes with a hybrid petrol engine. At the same time, it comes with features like a touchscreen infotainment system and automatic climate control. These couple of things, make the Solio quite irrelevant for the budget MPV segment in India. If Maruti decides to launch the Solio in India, it will, in its current specifications, will take up its place just were the Maruti Ertiga is. Mind you, Maruti already has the next-generation version of the Ertiga in the pipeline. We expect the 2018 Ertiga to launch in India sometime during the month of August this year.
However, the automaker may decide to launch a considerably downsized version of the Solio in India. In order to make it the right product for budget MPV segment in India.
In the Japanese market, the Suzuki Solio comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This is the same unit which does its duty on the Indian spec 2018 Maruti Swift. However, the Solio gets a hybrid powertrain, unlike the Indian Swift. This engine produces 91 BHP of power along with 118 Nm of peak torque. It comes with a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
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