Here are the first images of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki RIII. The new MPV from Maruti will be the Indian automakers foray into the MPV segment which was until now being dominated by the Toyota Innova. Recently, Mahindra has joined the race with the Xylo which will also rival the Maruti Suzuki RIII. If speculations are to be believed, then Maruti might launch the RIII MPV by the end of 2011 or during the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
The launch of the RIII could be the second biggest launch of the year after the Maruti Swift which will roll into showrooms on August 17. As speculated earlier, the Maruti RIII might get a 1.4 litre K-Series engine capable of pumping out 87 bhp and 130 Nm of torque. Also, a diesel engine borrowed from FIAT might also be offered on the MPV in the form of the 1.3 litre Multijet Diesel.
The interior of the new Maruti Suzuki RIII MPV does resemble that of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift. The beige colour scheme does look appealing and also adds an airy feeling to the interior. Also, Maruti could also offer modern safety features including ABS and airbags on the top-of-the-line variant of the RIII. That said, the RIII could be the next big launch in the making for Maruti Suzuki after the new Swift.
The MPV segment in India where there is still room for competition. The Innova has been at the top for a long time now. The Mahindra Xylo did manage to claw back the advantage to an extent but, the new Maruti product could well storm into the lead. We know how popular the brand ‘Maruti’ which has the potential to dethrone in Innova from its top spot.