Maruti Suzuki had a quiet year in 2021, which has resulted in a gradual drop in its market share. However, come 2022, and the number one carmaker will come with all the guns ablaze with a slew of new-generation SUVs, the lack of which has cost the company its presence in the premium end of the mass market. In a recent private dealer conference, Maruti Suzuki gave a glimpse of its road map for the next three years, in which it will launch five all-new SUVs to take on the new range of SUVs from rival carmakers. Following are those five SUVs you should check out:
Second generation Vitara Brezza
The new second-generation Vitara Brezza will be the first of the entirely new SUV lineup from Maruti Suzuki. The sub-compact SUV’s latest avatar has already been spied, and it looks completely different from the current iteration, with the same boxy stance having a new design language. The spy pictures show that the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will get a sleeker front fascia with revised LED headlamps, sleeker and longer LED tail lamps, a free-standing new-generation touchscreen infotainment system, TFT MID in analogue instrument console and a single-pane sunroof. Under the skin, it is expected to retain the current 1.5-litre petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology.
All-new Maruti Suzuki Jimny
This piece of news is going to bring a smile to lots of faces, as the Jimny has finally been confirmed by Maruti Suzuki. The Jimny will be an offering in the sub-compact lifestyle SUV segment to compete with the Mahindra Thar. While the company hasn’t shared any details or even the name, it is going to be the Jimny in all likelihood. For India, Maruti Suzuki will bring a five-door version of the Jimny with a stretched wheelbase, while keeping the original front and rear profiles intact, including the boot-mounted spare wheel. The Maruti Suzuki Jimny will be sharing its powertrain options with the Vitara Brezza and will come with a four-wheel-drive system as standard.
New sub-compact crossover (Premium sub-4m SUV)
The new Vitara Brezza is not the only sub-four metre SUV offered by Maruti Suzuki in the years to come. There is another new SUV in the works, that will be positioned above the Vitara Brezza and sold through NEXA showrooms. The said SUV might be based on the Futuro-e concept, which was showcased by Maruti Suzuki at the Auto Expo 2020 and will sit on the same Heartect platform on which the Baleno is based. Compared to the upright stance of Vitara Brezza, the new SUV will have a more rounded look but rugged bits like body cladding and skid plates, which will give it a crossover-ish appeal. The engine is expected to be the same 1.5-litre petrol-powered mill from the Vitara Brezza.
New midsize SUV (Creta-rival)
Maruti Suzuki seriously needs a proper midsize SUV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, as the current-gen S-Cross hasn’t been able to make a significant mark. While the European markets have got the second generation S-Cross, Maruti Suzuki might skip it and replace it with a similarly longer but slightly bigger midsize SUV. This new SUV will be jointly developed with Toyota and will be based on Toyota’s global DNGA modular platform. Currently, there are no other details available for this model.
New three-row midsize SUV (Alcazar-rival)
In a surprising move, Maruti Suzuki has also confirmed a three-row SUV to compete with other SUVs like Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, Hyundai Alcazar and the upcoming Kia Carens. In all likelihood, this is going to be Maruti Suzuki’s flagship offering in the Indian car market and might be based on Ertiga’s platform, but with a bigger engine under its hood. Whether it will replace the XL6 or not is still a question that will be answered at the time of its arrival.