Two upcoming Maruti 7-seater cars to watch for.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) currently features only two genuine 7-seater cars in its lineup, namely the Ertiga and Invicto, with the XL6 being a six-seater MPV. In a bid to enhance its range of 7-seater vehicles in the Indian market, the company is actively developing two new models slated for introduction in the coming years.

Let's delve into the details of the two upcoming Maruti Suzuki 7-seater cars in India:

1. Maruti Suzuki YDB Compact MPV:

Expected to make its debut in the Indian market by 2026, the upcoming compact MPV from Maruti Suzuki, codenamed YDB, is positioned beneath the Ertiga. This strategic placement aims to provide a competitive and affordable pricing structure. Based on the international Suzuki Spacia, the Indian variant is anticipated to measure just under 4 meters in length, featuring a distinct design while retaining the boxy silhouette characteristic of the Japan-spec Spacia.

The YDB compact MPV is poised to compete with models like the Renault Triber in the domestic market and is likely to be available through Maruti Suzuki's Nexa dealership chain. Powering this MPV, enthusiasts can anticipate the utilization of the 1.2-liter Z series petrol engine, making its debut in the upcoming new-gen Swift.

2. Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Based 7-Seater SUV:

Bearing the codename Y17, Maruti Suzuki is actively working on a new 7-seater SUV expected to debut in 2025. This SUV will be based on Suzuki's Global C platform, which is also the foundation for the Grand Vitara. Despite maintaining a consistent wheelbase of 2,600 mm courtesy of shared underpinnings, the length will be extended to accommodate the third-row seats and ensure a substantial boot space, resulting in a longer rear overhang.

The new 7-seater SUV may introduce a more robust powertrain, possibly sourced from the brand's global lineup. However, there is a likelihood that Maruti Suzuki will continue with the existing 1.5-liter K15C mild-hybrid petrol and the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder strong hybrid engines for this upcoming model.

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