The Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment has been witnessing a steady growth of late. While Toyota leads the charge with its very successful Innova Crysta, there are at least 6 New MPVs that will be launched soon. These include some much-awaited models like the new Maruti Ertiga and the Mahindra U321 MPV. Here’s the complete list.
Toyota showcased the Alphard premium MPV at the Auto Expo 2018. The company is expected to launch this model within a year. Toyota has already proved its mettle in the MPV segment with its Innova MPV. The company will now plan to attract an even more high-class clientele with the Alphard MPV. The Alphard gets its juice from the same 2.5-litre engine that powers the Camry Hybrid. The Alphard is known to be one of the most luxurious MPVs in the world.
New Maruti Ertiga
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd will launch the new-generation Ertiga MPV in India by August this year. The new model has already been showcased in Indonesia. The new MPV is larger than the current version and offers more in terms of performance, space and features. It is based on the company’s lightweight HEARTECT platform. It also gets a new petrol engine, which replaces the current 1.4-litre K14 motor. The new engine offers more power and torque. The India-spec model is also likely to get a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. Other than this, the new Ertiga will come with additional features such as a Smartplay touchscreen infotainment unit. It will cost significantly more than the current model and will try to fill the void left by the last-gen Innova.
Maruti WagonR MPV
Maruti’s MPV onslaught won’t stop with the launch of the new Ertiga. Also coming our way within a year is the new-gen WagonR. Expected to be based on the JDM-spec Solio, the new WagonR will offer a 7-seater variant. It will also look nothing like the current model and will probably offer more features, too. It’s being said that the new-gen WagonR will be based on the lightweight HEARTECT platform. The higher number of seats should help the tallboy find more buyers. The current 1.0-litre three-pot K10 petrol engine will be retained. However, it will be updated to comply with the upcoming BS6 emission norms. AMT will be carried over, too.
Mahindra U321 MPV
The Mahindra U321 MPV will be launched during this year’s festive season. The new model will be a premium offering that will come with features like LED DRLs, projector headlamps and multi-spoke alloy wheels. The new MPV will be positioned between the Scorpio and the XUV500. It will have ABS and front airbags as standard features across all trims. Powering the Mahindra U321 will be two new-age engines. One of these will be a 1.6-litre mFalcon Diesel engine outputs 125 bhp and 305 Nm. The other will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The upcoming U321 will become the first-ever MPV to be developed by Mahindra’s North American development centre in Troy, Michigan. The U321 will be available in many markets across the globe.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus
The Mahindra TUV300 Plus is nothing but a slightly bigger version of the TUV300 compact SUV. It offers more seats. Also, it even offers a bigger engine. Powering the TUV300 Plus is the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that powers the Scorpio. The engine outputs 120 bhp and 280 Nm. It will come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The TUV300 will probably appeal to cab operators and fleet operators due to its high seating capacity.
Renault plans to come up with a Kwid-based MPV in India. It will be smaller than the Lodgy and will be tailor-made for developing markets like ours. It will be underpinned by the CMF-A platform of the Kwid but will have a longer wheelbase. In most likelihood, it will offer a seating capacity of seven adults. It will be similar to the Go+ in terms of dimensions. There is a good chance that the MPV would use the Kwid’s 1.0-litre petrol engine that outputs 67 Bhp and 91 Nm. Transmission options are likely to include a five-speed manual and AMT. Internally codenamed as RBC, the MPV will be positioned between the Kwid and the Duster. Prices are expected to start from Rs 5 lakh.