Maruti Suzuki has officially announced that the new Invicto MPV will be launched in the Indian car market on July 5th. Bookings for the vehicle have already begun with an initial deposit of Rs 25,000. A recent development has revealed that the Maruti Suzuki Invicto will only be available in the strong hybrid version.
The Invicto is believed to be a badge-engineered version of the Toyota Innova Hycross, featuring the same exterior and interior design with minor tweaks to the front profile, including a distinct grille. However, unlike the Innova Hycross, which offers two powertrain options—a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated 172 bhp petrol engine and a 2.0-liter strong hybrid powertrain—the Invicto will solely come with the strong hybrid engine option. It was hinted by RC Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India during the last earning call.
Only hybrid engine option
The 2.0-liter strong hybrid powertrain, comprising a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine and an e-CVT gearbox, delivers a maximum power output of 184 bhp. It will be the exclusive powertrain option available in the Maruti Suzuki Invicto, making it the first Maruti Suzuki vehicle to come solely with an automatic transmission.
The new Invicto will be positioned as Maruti Suzuki’s most premium offering within its current lineup and will be sold through the NEXA chain of outlets. Positioned above the Grand Vitara, the Invicto will continue the strong hybrid revolution initiated by the former for Maruti Suzuki. While the specific variant lineup for the Invicto is not yet available, it is expected to be offered solely in the Alpha Plus variant, which will share equipment levels with the ZX(O) variant of the Innova Hycross.
Furthermore, the Invicto will be the first Maruti Suzuki product derived from a Toyota vehicle. Previously, only Toyota had introduced products based on Maruti Suzuki offerings, such as the Glanza (based on the Baleno), Urban Cruiser (based on the Vitara Brezza), and Urban Cruiser Hyryder (based on the Grand Vitara). As the Invicto is based on a Toyota product, it is expected to carry a premium price compared to the Innova Hycross. The top-spec Alpha Plus variant is anticipated to be priced between Rs 30.5-31.5 lakh. For reference, the current price of the Innova Hycross ZX(O) is Rs 29.99 lakh.
With this pricing, the Maruti Suzuki Invicto will compete against the Toyota Innova Hycross as well as other seven-seater SUVs and MPVs such as the Hyundai Alcazar, Mahindra XUV700, and MG Hector Plus.