Maruti Suzuki India has introduced the teaser images of the SUV concept in the automobile section of their website. From what we see, the compact SUV concept seems to be more or less similar to the highly successful Suzuki Jimny SUV available in the global markets. The unique looking grille in the Maruti Concept SUV especially looks like it has been taken right from the Suzuki Jimny. Now our fellow bloggers as come up with the rendering, The Suzuki Compact SUV render takes cues from the Jimny which has been showcased earlier.
Moreover, the Indian consumers could use a diesel engine for an SUV and this is exactly what Maruti India might come up with in the new concept. Of late, the consumers demand in the country is more inclined towards a compact car with good fuel efficiency which can be easily bargained with a diesel engine under the hood. So, a compact SUV just fills the bill but the tragedy here is, except for the Premier Rio in the country, we have absolutely no other compact SUV in the segment, which again is the only product that has the potential to beat the dominance of the hatchbacks in India.
Ford India will now take the lead with the Ford EcoSport compact SUV soon to be followed by Renault Duster sometime in the mid-2012. The Korean car manufacturer is also set to test the waters in the compact SUV segment that already has a concept ready for a display at the 2012 Auto Expo. Now, these compact SUVs are something we are going to see right in 2012, but we cannot say the same about the Maruti’s SUV concept. Who knows, it might as well take another two years to go into production just as we have seen with the Maruti Ertiga MPV in the making.
See teaser pictures of Maruti Suzuki Jimny/Gypsy Compact SUV -