When it comes to seven-seater, three-row SUVs in the country, the list is not very long. Currently, the most popular models in this segment are the Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, and Hyundai Alcazar. Taking note of this, the country’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, and its long-term Japanese automotive giant partner, Toyota, are working on the development of two new seven-seater SUVs. Maruti will be launching the 7-seat version of its compact SUV Grand Vitara. Meanwhile, Toyota will be launching the Urban Cruiser Hyryderâs 7-seat version.
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Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara seven-seater
Just a few weeks ago, we shared a rendering of what the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara could look like. The rendering showed a completely redesigned iteration of the outgoing Grand Vitara. From this render, we can note the entire front fascia has been changed and has been made a lot more aggressive and bold. It has a honeycomb grille with a thick chrome bar and Suzuki logo in the middle. The LED headlights have also been made a lot sleeker and the LED DRLs also look a little bigger.
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The main highlight of this render is on the side profile where the extended length of it can be noted. This rendered model has been imagined with a set of massive turbine-style alloy wheels. Additionally, it can also be noted that the C-pillar has been inspired by the popular Indian SUV Mahindra Scorpio-N. Most likely, the company will not offer such a radical design change with the 7-seat version of the Grand Vitara as it will increase their development cost. However, we could receive a slightly stretched version of the outgoing Grand Vitara.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder seven-seater
In addition to the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitaraâs seven-seater rendering, we showed you a digital rendering of Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder’s 7-seat version as well. This particular rendering also features an extensively redesigned version of the outgoing model. It can be noted the front end of this rendered model has also been redesigned and a lot of things have been changed. The entire front grille has been changed and now get a new design for the LED headlights. Apart from this, the front bumper has been changed as well. On the side profile, the extended wheelbase can be noted and we can also note the addition of Toyota Fortuner Legender inspired wheels as well.
Other details about these seven-seater SUVs
Apart from the obvious extension of the wheelbase, mechanically, most likely they will retain the same engine options as their five-seater counterparts. There are two engine options currently available with the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder. The first is a strong-hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine (92 bhp-122 Nm) running on the Atkinson cycle, and an electric motor that puts out 78 Bhp-141 Nm. This powertrain is paired with an eCVT automatic gearbox, and the combined output stands at 114 Bhp.
Apart from this, the other option is a mild-hybrid powertrain. This drivetrain consists of a 1.5-liter K15C naturally aspirated petrol engine (102 Bhp-135 Nm) paired with an electric motor that offers assistance during acceleration. The K15C petrol engine is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard and offers an all-wheel-drive system.