Maruti had a mega 2022 in terms of new car launches. It also launched several new SUVs like the updated Brezza and the Grand Vitara. But still, Maruti lacks a proper competitor to the likes of Hyundai Alcazar and Tata Safari. To counter this, Maruti is working on a new car that will be essentially a 7-seater version of the Grand Vitara. In today’s article, let’s talk about this Rs 20 lakh 7-seater.

Maruti’s plan

20 lakh 7-seater

As stated above, Maruti lacks a 7-seater SUV option in its lineup. So Maruti is working on a 7-seater version of the Grand Vitara codenamed Y17. This 7-seater Grand Vitara will add another option to Maruti’s ever-increasing SUV portfolio. It will also help Maruti take on the Hyundai Alcazar and to some extent the Mahindra XUV700 and Tata Safari. 


20 lakh 7-seater

The Y17 will be based on the same Global C platform as the Grand Vitara but is expected to get a longer wheelbase to accommodate the extra row. Could we see any design changes? Maruti could give it a slightly different styling to differentiate the two cars similar to what Hyundai does with the Creta and Alcazar. Engine specifications are also expected to remain the same on the 7-seater version. Maruti will have to tweak the hybrid setups to accommodate the third row. Feature-wise, we can expect it to be feature loaded with some additions like ADAS expected. 

Rs 20 lakh 7-seater – Launch timeline

20 lakh 7-seater

So when is this Maruti 7-seater coming? For now, the car is still in its early stages of development. Before this 7-seater, Maruti plans to launch the badge-engineered Innova Hycross and also the production version of eVX. Tentatively, Maruti plans to launch this 7-seater Grand Vitara by 2025 manufacturing at its new under-construction facility in Kharkhoda, Haryana. Pricing-wise, it could be around Rs 2 lakh more expensive than the 5-seater model. 

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