Maruti Suzuki is planning a Hyundai Creta rival for the Indian car market. The automaker is busy testing the Suzuki Vitara compact SUV that will eventually be launched here as a Creta challenger. The Vitara has been caught testing on Indian roads yet again. The SUV measures longer than the Vitara Brezza and offers much more space and performance. The test mule spotted was a diesel engine version.
The Vitara sold in Europe gets a 1.6 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine – the same unit that was used on the S-Cross 1.6. This engine is known for its tremendous torque – 320 Nm of it. Peak power is rated at 118 Bhp. These outputs will make it the torque king in its segment, where the Creta currently rules with 265 Nm of peak torque available on its 1.6 diesel variants. The Vitara’s 1.6 diesel motor will come paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox.
The SUV is also available with multiple petrol engines in the European market. There’s the entry level 1.6 liter naturally aspirated unit and a more powerful 1.4 liter BoosterJet turbocharged unit. India is expected to receive the 1.4 liter BoosterJet unit with 140 Bhp of peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque. Introducing this engine on the Vitara and building it in India will also allow Maruti to launch this engine in the Swift Sport due to volumes of scale.
While Maruti remains tightlipped about the launch timeline for the Vitara, we expect it to be launched here in 2019. The automaker is clearly moving upmarket with the NEXA chain of premium dealerships, and the Vitara is likely to be Maruti’s flagship SUV sold through the NEXA chain. As for pricing, expect prices to start from about Rs. 9-10 lakhs for the base-petrol variants. This will put the Vitara in prime Creta territory. The Creta could have a tough fight in India.