One of the Indian markets that are expanding the quickest is the multipurpose vehicle (MPV cars) sector. A total of 17,54,282 SUVs and MPVs were sold last year, accounting for 91 percent of all Utility Vehicles (UVs) sold in the nation. Automobile producers including Citroen, Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Nissan, and Kia will introduce new models in order to take advantage of the chance. Let’s quickly review the incoming new MPVs.
MPV cars in India
Toyota Innova Crysta Diesel
In the upcoming weeks, the upgraded diesel – Toyota Innova Crystal will be available for purchase. With a 2.4-L diesel engine, the MPV model range will be available in four grades: G, GX, VX, and ZX. According to reports, higher trims such as VX and ZX should arrive by around June-July.
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The new model has a slightly modified front bumper, a reworked grille, fog lights with chrome surrounds, and other external changes. The leather seats in the MPV will be available in two shades: Camel Tan and Black. It will include amenities like a rear auto AC with a digital display, a TFT MID, an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, an 8-inch Smart Playcast touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, etc.
Citroen 7 Seater MPV
A Maruti Ertiga challenger MPV being developed by Citroen is expected to debut in the second half of 2023. The car will support the CMP architecture of the Stellantis and is modeled on the C3 hatchback. The 1.2-L turbo gasoline and 1.2-L normally aspirated engines that propel the C3 hatchback are anticipated to be used in the upcoming Citroen 7-seater MPV.
The latter produces 82 PS with 115 Nm whereas, the former produces 110 PS with 190 Nm. There will be automatic and manual transmission options available. The MPV can be made available in 6- and 7-seat options. The majority of its design cues and capabilities will resemble those of the C3.
KIA Carnival KA4
At the most recent Auto Expo, the Kia KA4 – fourth-generation Carnival – made its premiere in India. The MPV is anticipated to be available for sale from 2023 – August, although the automaker hasn’t yet disclosed its launch schedule. The 2017 Kia Carnival, which is marketed as a utility vehicle, has a more angular posture and a more SUV-like appearance.
The new generation sports a bigger body and a longer wheelbase than the present one. In reality, it has also raised the overhand of its rear. A significant feature enhancement is provided by the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology. Here, the 199 bhp and 440 Nm turbocharged diesel engine for the Kia Carnival – 2023 can be considered as an option.
Maruti C MPV
The next C-segment MPV from Maruti Suzuki would be modeled on the Toyota Innova Hycross. The vehicle is anticipated to make its market debut by August, maybe around the holiday season of 2023. It would be a Nexa product, with an estimated price range of Rs 20–Rs 30 lakh. The Innova Hycross’s powertrains and platform will also be used by the next Maruti MPV.
This indicates that it will have a 186 bhp, 2.0-L strong hybrid engine and 172 bhp, 2.0-L normally aspirated gasoline choices. It is anticipated that there would be few design modifications. The Maruti MPV will include amenities including a 9-speaker JBL sound system, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable middle-row seats with ottoman function, powered driver seats with memory function, and more. These features are similar to those found in the Innova Hycross.
Nissan 7 Seater MPV
Nissan has announced a brand-new seven-seater MPV for the markets of India. The automaker has said that the Renault Triber would serve as the foundation for its upcoming three-row MPV. The vehicle is probably going to be built on the CMF-A+ platform as well as come with a 1.0-L gasoline engine with natural aspiration. The Triber is powered by the same motor.
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It produces a stated 96 Nm of torque and 71 bhp energy. It is available with an AMT or a manual gearbox. The next Nissan 7-seater MPV resembles the Magnite in both design and style. Additionally, a few of its characteristics will be taken from its SUV sub-4 meter sibling.
The Maruti Ertiga would be rebadged as the Toyota Rumion. In the South African market, the model is currently available for sale. A trademark application was filed by the Japanese carmaker for the brand “Toyota Rumion” in India. Although the exact date of its introduction is yet unknown. The Rumion MPV may be released this year if rumors are to be believed.
The next Toyota compact MPV would look and feel comparable to the Maruti Ertiga in terms of aesthetics and design. It will be distinguished from its donor Maruti by styling cues including a black interior with wood trim and a new grille with a Toyota insignia. It will use the same 1.5-L 4 cylinders naturally aspirated gasoline SHVS mild hybrid drivetrain seen in the Ertiga under the hood.