The Maruti Suzuki R3 MPV has been spied without camouflage. The company plans to launch the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) by the end of this year to take on the Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo. Here are preview photos of the brand new R3.
The R3 concept MPV was first showcased at the 2010 Delhi Auto Expo. The images below, courtesy Auto Bild, suggest that the MPV will be spacious and will likely come in 6-seater and 7-seater options with a 2 +2 +2 and a 2+3+2 seating arrangement.
The low trim LDI and VDI variants will likely come with a seating capacity of seven with a flatbed middle row while the top trim variants will likely feature individual middle row seating.
From the front the R3 MPV has a striking resemblance to its smaller sibling the Ritz small car and has a wide front which lends it a dominating stance. The car is attractive in appearance and the vehicle has an almost SUV like look. The RIII will come in both petrol and diesel options.
CarToq had earlier published spy shots of the R3 MPV which had a ‘ZDI’ badge on the MPV’s rear shows that the MPV will definitely have a diesel version. There is a probability that Maruti Suzuki may use the same 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine that powers the diesel versions of the Swift, Ritz and SX4 cars in the upcoming SUV.
However the R3’s key competition; the Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo both have more powerful diesel engines. The Innova is powered by a 2.5 litre diesel motor that produces 102 bhp and 200 Nm of torque while the Xylo is powered by a 2.5 litre common-rail diesel engine that produces 112 bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque.
The rear of the MPV looks sleek and has managed to escape the usual van like appearance MPV’s are usually related with. The tail lamps look similar to those found on the Sx4 small car sold in international markets.
We had earlier reported that the MPV will have beige interiors like its key competitors. The R3 however has an edge over both the Innova and Xylo thanks to Maruti Suzuki’s wide service network and the trust that customers generally show to the brand.
If Maruti Suzuki maintains set standards in terms of plastic and build quality, the R3 MPV will likely make its space in the Indian MPV segment.
(Photo courtesy: Auto Bild)