Maruti Suzuki Invicto MPV to make debut in India on this date
Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that its upcoming premium seven-seater MPV based on Toyota Innova will break cover on July 5. India's largest carmaker has teased an image of the multi-purpose vehicle which will be called Invicto. Maruti will drive in the petrol and hybrid version of the Invicto MPV as it plans to bet big on utility vehicles to add winds to its tails. Maruti Suzuki is already on the offensive in the SUV segment with as many as four launches in the past 12 months.
In April this year, Maruti Suzuki had has confirmed the Invicto three-row premium MPV as its next launch after the Fronx and Jimny SUVs hit the roads. The carmaker had also hinted that Invicto, which will be based on Toyota Motor's popular Innova, is not aimed to drive volumes as other Maruti cars. RC Bhargava, Chairman at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said the Invicto MPV will be a path-breaking vehicle with strong hybrid technology. “The numbers (sales figures) will eventually depend on the situation once the car enters the market. The Toyota vehicle at present has a wait period for 12 months," he said.
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have an agreement and have several models in common, the most-recent being the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder. Both of these mid-size SUVs are being manufactured at the Toyota plant in Bidadi. Previously, models like Baleno and Glanza, and Brezza and Urban Cruiser were essentially re-badged versions of each other.
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Maruti Suzuki already offers two three-row models like Ertiga and XL6. Both of the MPVs are faring strong on sales charts. However, the upcoming Invicto three-row MPV could help the company to potentially storm an entirely new segment. This is especially significant because the company sees demand for its smaller vehicles to remain rather flat all of 2023-24.