List of MUVs available in India
India has always been one country, where all the aspects and facts related to unity get affirmed with facts. Be it its cultural and linguistic diversities or the bonds between different generations, everyone has been coexisting with dignified unities. And when it comes to families, the Indians have always shown a warm bonding between all the members, speaking in particular.
Speaking of the automobile industry, given the varying needs of different members of families, the need of a single vehicle complying to all of these needs in a single package has risen in recent times. This is why the segment of multi utility vehicles (MUVs) has seen a positive growth in recent times. This upward growth of MUVs is the reason why all the manufacturers are trying to have a piece of profit in this category, and are not shying off by experimenting too. In the last two years, we have seen everything starting off from a sub four meter compact family wagon to a full fledged luxury seven seater.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all the seven seater MUVs which are existing in the Indian market, catering to varying needs of different people, or to be specific, families. Here is a complete list of all the MUVs available in India:-
2016 Toyota Innova Crysta
The Toyota Innova surely set a new standard in the MPV market of India, this vehicle also replaced the Toyota Qualis which itself was also a very successful product from the Japanese automaker and known for its capability of transporting large family from one place to another comfortably. The Toyota Innova replaced the Toyota Qualis and instantly became a hit and popular for its spacious and quality interior.
Things were going well for this people mover until recently the MPV market took a whole new turn after Maruti Suzuki entered the market with their new offering called Ertiga in 2012, while Honda later introduced the Mobilio. Although there are few other offerings from Chevrolet and Nissan but honestly they are not as popular compared to the above mentioned names. The best things about the new generation MUV’s are that they are the cheaper alternative to the ageing and comparatively expensive Innova which existed in the market for a long time.
Now that its backdated styling has taken its toll in its sales figures Toyota decided that this was the best time to introduce the next generation people mover to the scene.
The new generation Innova’s images and details surfaced online recently when Toyota unveiled the car in Indonesia and later launched it there. Now that almost all the information and details are available we have decided to give you the first impression of this people mover.
To begin with let us first inform you that the new generation Innova has been built on a completely new ladder frame platform which also supports the new generation Fortuner and Hilux Revo. As far its drivetrains are concerned the new Innova ditches its KD engines and has gone for downsized GD engines which are actually more powerful as well as fuel efficient at the same time.
At the recently concluded Auto Expo 2016, Toyota showcased the new Innova christened as Innova Crysta. The car looked identical to the one we have seen in the Indonesian website. The Crysta badging is probably an effort to give the new Innova a more distinguished identity. The new generation Innova looks sharp and upmarket, way more stylish than the previous model and it gets plenty of new updates as well
Update 08.08.2016:- Toyota introduced the Petrol variant of the Innova Crysta in India. The Innova Crysta petrol is available with three trims including the GX, VX and the top end Z trim. The top end Z trim is available only with automatic transmission.
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Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol Launching Next Week
There is no doubt in the fact that the Innova MPV has always been one important product for Toyota in India. The previous generation people mover was a hit amongst the people and so is the new generation which was first showcased infront of the Indian public at the 2016 Auto expo. Quite honestly the Innova is the only car after Fortuner which has helped Toyota to cement its place in the Indian market.
The new generation Innova which was launched in the Indian market dubbed as the Innova Crysta was launched with two diesel engine options only but now after few months of its launch Toyota has decided to introduce the petrol variant as well. The petrol variant of the MPV was recently spotted courtesy Gaadiwaadi. The new Innova Crysta petrol will be powered by 2.7 Litre, four cylinder dual VVT-i motor which will develop around 166 ps of peak power and 245 nm of torque. This new engine will be offered with both six speed manual as well as an automatic transmission at the same time.
The petrol equipped variants will help Toyota to sell the new generation Innova in markets like Delhi and NCR regions where there is a ban on diesel motor above 2.0 Liter. The introduction of petrol engine will help boost the sales of the new Innova even more and that is the reason why Toyota has introduced the new petrol motor sooner than expected.
Expect the manual transmission to be available with GX and VX grades while the automatic petrol variant will be available with top end variants like GX and ZX grades.
2017 Mahindra MPV
We were actually quite surprised when we saw the first spyshots of the upcoming Mahindra MPV on the internet courtesy Motor Vikatan. This will be the new MPV which will take on the likes of the Innova Crysta and the Maruti Ertiga. The report also states that this is the first passenger vehicle which actually came out of Mahindra’s North American Technical Centre (MNATC) located in Troy, Michigan. The technical centre was established almost two years ago and will develop Mahindra’s vehicles which will be launched both in the national and International markets as well.
Although not much details are available at this moment about this upcoming vehicle but it will be Mahindra’s big step outside the Sports utility vehicle segment. The MPV will most probably be offered with either a 7 or 8 passenger seating configuration. This could even attract the customers of the commercial taxi segment as well.
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2016 Renault Lodgy World Edition’
Renault India launched a special edition Lodgy in the Indian market dubbed as Lodgy ‘World Edition’. This car was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo already. The lodgy is actually based on the Renault Lodgy Stepway variant and gets some interesting new features both inside as well as exterior apart from that rugged styling which is a part of the Stepway variant.
Although there are plenty of interesting features available along with some noticeable cosmetic updates but there are no mechanical changes under the hood whatsoever. This special edition Lodgy is still powered by Renault’s K9K diesel unit which is available in two states of tune. Keeping in mind the fading MPV market the new changes to the Lodgy ‘World Edition’ surely adds some new and interesting changes this big MPV which was launched couple of years ago in the Indian market.
Click past jump to find out the changes that you will notice in the 2016 Renault Lodgy ‘World Edition’.
Vin Diesel Gets A Customised Van For His Birthday: Video
Hollywood Actor Vin Diesel who actually has played some of the most interesting character on screen which includes Xander Cage in the Movie XXX or the character Dominique in the Fast and Furious where we have seen him driving some of the customized rides is actually a huge car fan in real life too. Apart from his love for cars he is strictly a family man also who loves to drive his kids around.
In this video you can watch his fast and Furious Co-star Tyresse Gibson actually gifts a customized sprinter van to his colleague Vin Diesel on his birthday. Now this is actually quite a surprise for the big man as this customized van was actually being delivered to him on his doorstep. What is even more surprising was also the fact that this car was actually designed by Tyresse himself. He explains that he actually designed the first van and every inch and every details of it was actually done by the actor. He collaborated with the Vanmasters to actually redesign and customize the entire Van.
The van which was gifted to Vin diesel was actually customized and had luxurious interiors. Watch the reaction on Vin Diesel’s face when he saw the Van at his doorstep.
Top 5 Hybrid Cars Available in India
The world automotive market is becoming more and more open towards the hybrid and electric cars. But India customers still are not so much open about the hybrid cars or electric ones. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels over environment friendly electric or hybrid powertrains. Though in recent past we have seen the Indian customers are gradually opening up towards new ideas. More and more customers are now a days opting to buy the hybrid cars.
Indian government is also encouraging the customers to buy hybrid cars for better environment in future. The hybrid cars come with a specially discounted price, which is offered by the Indian government. Here we made a list of the top 5 hybrid cars available in Indian market. Interestingly, in this list you will find supercars to small hatchbacks as well as executive sedans also.
Toyota finds ‘Diesel ban’ solution with petrol Innova Crysta
Toyota launched the new Innova Crysta few months back. The Innova Crysta has been the biggest launch of the year till date. The car first made its appearance at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year in February. Later in May, Toyota Kirloskar Motors launched the second generation Innova dubbed as Innova Crysta in Indian market. Within very short time after launch the car pulled plenty of customer bookings.
The car was launched with two diesel engine options, with one being 2.4 litre unit and another is an even larger 2.8 litre diesel engine. Meanwhile the Delhi government’s ban on 2000 cc and above diesel engines created trouble for the huge automaker. In Delhi and NCR the car couldn’t sell. Later in Kerala also due to the ban on 2000 cc and above diesel engines by NGT Toyota had to stop selling the Innova Crysta. No wonder, which impacted hard on the Japanese automaker’s sales figure in Indian market.
But now the automaker is all set to introduce a petrol version of the Innova Crysta, which will significantly help the Toyota in regions like Delhi, NCR and Kerala, where the diesel ban is in effect. Here, we will take a look at the facts and details about the Innova Crysta Petrol.
Hatchback to SUV: Top 5 Hot Selling Cars in India
As the demand for new cars in India are constantly rising, the auto manufacturers present in the country are on a spree to deliver new models and facelifts to the customers. In recent times we have seen quite a few new models introduced in the country. Not only that, it is also expected that the Indian market is about to experience the entry of several new models in the country in few years.
Meanwhile, we take a look at the cars which has become the hottest selling models recently in the country in very short span of time. No wonder, among the top five list Maruti-Suzuki has a strong presence, while the other automakers like Toyota and Tata Motors are also fighting to get a spot in the list. Here, let’s take a look at the top five hot selling cars of the country at present.
Toyota Innova or Mahindra Scorpio: Who is the capable off roader?
Both the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Scorpio are very popular cars in Indian market. The Toyota Innova has been the best selling model in the MPV segment for a decade, while the Mahindra Scorpio also has been selling in the Indian market for quite long time. Although structurally the Mahindra Scorpio is built for off roading jobs, but the Toyota Innova is most favourite for the people movers like fleet operators.
Here is a video shot in the way from Leh to Pangong, which show a Toyota Innova struggling to overcome the challenge of rocky, bumpy road. The large car somehow managed to cross the spot but with lot of effort, while the Mahindra Scorpio crosses the spot without much effort. Although the next generation Innova Crysta is more than just a people mover, but the old model was not built to take on the rough roads. Take a look at the video here.
2017 Toyota Calya
Toyota is the largest automaker in the Asian market with plenty of models in its stable. The Japanese automaker has been developing new designs for quite some time. In emerging markets like India and the South East Asian countries the demand for the new designs, new concepts, muscular looking large cars are growing. The MPVs have been proven as the popular people movers in recent times. In India too, the popularity of the Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga, and Honda Mobilio shows the trend.
With the launch of the new generation Toyota Innova dubbed as the Innova Crysta in Indian market Toyota Kirloskar Motors has seen a huge success. It clearly depicts how the demands for the people movers have been rising in the country. Now inspired by the success of the Toyota Innova and lately the Innova Crysta, the Japanese automaker is now developing a mini MPV which can afford 7 occupants inside the cabin, and act as a stylish muscular family vehicle. Both the Toyota and the Daihatsu has their own design elements designing this car.
The Toyota Calya would initially launch in the Indonesian market in the Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) segment. In Indonesia the car will be dubbed as Calya Agya. Later on, the Japanese automaker in expected to launch the car in India as well. In India Toyota has a large customer base in the Delhi and NCR, which now comes with the ban on the 2000 cc and larger diesel engines. The Toyota Calya can act as the perfect solution for that as well, as it would sport a 1.5 litre engine.
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Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz and Ertiga Score 4 Star Safety Rating in ASEAN NCAP Crash Test
Maruti-Suzuki is the most popular and best selling automotive brand in Indian market. The Ertiga from the Indo Japanese automotive brand is a very popular MPV in Indian market. In the sedan segment the Maruti-Suzuki introduced Ciaz, which was the company’s first take in the luxury segment. Now both the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga MPV and the Ciaz sedan has scored 4 star safety rating out of 5 in the ASEAN NCAP crash test, which marks these vehicles pretty safe ones.
Recently several Indian cars have been tested in the Global NCAP crash test, and very unfortunately all the cars have failed to get even one star rating. In wake of that event the four star rating of Ertiga and Ciaz is surely good news. Few days ago the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross also scored pretty well in the crash test. Therefore it is very much heartwarming that India’s largest automobile brand is taking the passenger safety issue pretty seriously.
Interestingly, compared to the Ciaz sedan the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga has scored less point in the Adult Occupant Protection segment. The Ertiga is a family oriented vehicle although rather than the Ciaz sedan. A notable point here is that the tested Ertiga and the Ciaz was manufactured outside of India. The Ertiga came from a plant in Indonesia and the Ciaz came from Thailand. Here, let’s take a close look at the individual crash test results of the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga and Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz.
Renault Lodgy driven Delhi to Mumbai in just 33 litres of fuel
Renault launched its MPV Lodgy with lot of expectation in the country where people mover vehicles are seen in a special note. The Renault Lodgy is the prime rival against the Toyota Innova Crysta. The car is a muscular looking and spacious upmarket car from the French automaker.
Recently the Renault India took a challenge dubbed as ‘Mileage Challenge’ in which a Lodgy was driven to Mumbai from Delhi without a full tank. The large vehicle took only 33 litres of fuel to cross the 1388 kilometers of roads to Mumbai from Delhi, which marked the fuel economy at 42 kmpl. Launched in 2015 Lodgy marked Renault’s entry into the very popular MPV segment in Indian automobile market. The car has won 8 awards since then.
The Renault Lodgy measures 4498 mm in length, 1751 mm in width and 1697 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2810 mm. The car is powered by a 1.5 litre (1461 cc) four cylinder SOHC turbo VGT engine which churns out 110 PS of peak power at 4000 rpm and 245 Nm of peak torque 1750 rpm. The car comes with a fuel tank capacity of 50 litres.
India bound Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga launched in Philippines
Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga is a pretty popular model in India. The MPV is a stylish and upmarket people mover in the country, which has many takers. The Indo Japanese automaker is planning to introduce a facelift edition of the car in the country. The model has been spotted several times testing on roads. Now the Suzuki has launched the car in Philippines. In Philippines the Ertiga facelift is priced at PHP 6.65 lakh which is equivalent to INR. 9.6 lakh. The car is available in four different variants, which are GA, GL, GL AT and GLX AT.
The new models receive a revised front fascia, which comes with a redesigned front grille with chrome garnished slats, silver accented fog lamps, body coloured wing mirrors with integrated turning indicators. The side profile receives 15 inch alloy wheels. The interior comes with several updated features as well, which can be seen in form of an all new touchscreen infotainment system with Android platform. The infotainment system comes with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Power source for the car is a 1.4 litre four cylinder petrol engine under the hood, which comes with VVT and churns out 92 PS of peak power and 130 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duty is done by a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 4 speed automatic transmission as option.
Maruti-Suzuki Slashed Price of Ciaz SHVS and Ertiga SHVS
Maruti-Suzuki has slashed the price of its Ciaz SHVS sedan by INR. 69000 (ex showroom, Delhi) as a result of the reduced excise duty by nearly 50%. Under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz SHVS diesel’s excise duty has been reduced to 12.5% from 24%. Alongside the Ciaz SHVS, the Indo Japanese automaker has reduced the price of the Ertiga SHVS MPV also. The Ertiga price has been reduced by INR. 51000 to INR. 62000.
The Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz SHVS comes with a micro hybrid powertrain which comprises a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine which is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox and churns out around 90 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The internal combustion engine is combined with an integrated starter generator. The micro hybrid powertrain also comes with brake energy recuperation, auto start and stop system and increased fuel economy. The fuel economy for the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz SHVS stands at 28.09 kmpl.
Depending on different variants, the Ciaz SHVS has received a price slash ranging between INR. 55000 to INR. 69000. The base variant VDi was earlier priced at INR. 8.23 lakh, and now it is priced at 7.68 lakh. Although the Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz SHVS diesel price have been reduced, but the petrol variant price remains unchanged. On the other hand the Maruti-Suzuki Ertiga SHVS variant is priced between INR. 7.08 lakh to INR. 8.66 lakh.
Toyota To Launch Petrol Variant Of The Innova Crysta In October
Toyota recently launched the Innova Crysta in the Indian market with two diesel engine options under its hood. Unfortunately the ban on diesel engine above 2000 cc in NCR regions has created a big problem not only for Toyota but for many other auto makers too. While other auto makers have decided to reduce the cubic capacity of their diesel engines to exempt themselves from the ban Toyota has decided to go for petrol engines instead.
Now that Toyota wants to regain their lost position in the MPV market of India with their newly launched second generation Innova Crysta they are developing a completely new and powerful 2.7 Litre petrol engine which will power the Indian spec Innova Crysta. The petrol variant will launch not only will help them to start selling their newest premium MPV in Delhi but will also help them to get a firm hold of this segment.
N Raja, director and senior vice president (sales & marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, that they have actually fast track the process of the development of the 2.7 Litre petrol engine in Japan and he also added that they are planning to launch the petrol variant of the Innova Crysta during Diwali this year.
The Innova is already sold in the markets of Thailand and Indonesia with the 2.0 Litre petrol engine but Toyota decided to develop an all new and powerful petrol engine which will be launched first in Indian market.
Toyota Innova Crysta fetched 15000+ bookings within 10 days of launch
Japanese automaker Toyota has launched their next generation Innova christened as Innova Crysta in India earlier this month. The all new Innova Crysta looks muscular, freshly design and aggressive compare to the previous model. Since the car was showcased in India earlier this year in February at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, there was immense interest regarding the large people mover. Now the reports say the car has fetched more than 15000 bookings within 10 days of launch. Interestingly the top end 2.8 litre variant of the model has fetched more than 60% of the total bookings.
Toyota Innova Crysta sports a completely new front fascia, which gets a large front grille with chrome garnished horizontal slats at the upper part. The sharp wrap around headlamps sport automatic projector units with LED daytime running lights integrated to them. The side profile and the rear also received design changes. The rear profile gets boomerang like new set of taillights and integrated roof spoiler with high mounted stop lights. Dimensionally the new Innova comes with 150 mm of extra length, 70 mm of extra width and 35 mm of extra height, while the wheelbase remains same.
The interior of the car has been redesigned to make the cabin more comfortable and premium. Up front the cabin the dashboard looks sleek with wooden trim, new dual pod instrument cluster which also boasts a TFT display. The centre console has been redesigned and except being flanked by buttons the touchscreen infotainment system now comes with an all digital appearance. The middle row gets captain seats with separate bottle holders and foldable tables. The cabin comes with LED ambient lighting as well.
On the powertrain front the car features two different GD engines; one is a 2.4 litre unit, while the other one is a 2.8 litre larger engine which produces power for the top end variant. The car comes in both manual and automatic transmission options. The 2.8 litre automatic variant has fetched a major share of the bookings. The customers have to wait for two months presently to get their Innova Crysta delivered. While with the growing demand the production will also increase and therefore the waiting period will be minimized.
Important cars launched and launching this May, 2016
Indian automotive market has started the year in a good note. In last four months several cars have been launched in the Indian market, which include models like Maruti-Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, the most anticipated first compact SUV from the Indo Japanese automaker. Tata Motors launched their latest compact hatchback Tata Tiago. Datsun also unveiled their latest offering Redi Go compact hatchback last month. So far, several automakers have introduced their new exciting models in the Indian automotive scenario.
In The month of May, we have seen some spectacular car launches. In a few days a few more will be launched, that too in May, 2016 only. Let’s take a quick look which cars have already launched and which are about to launch in May 2016.