Maruti will showcase the Future S micro SUV concept at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo. Later in 2018, or in early 2019, a production version of the Future S will be launched in India. CarToq’s rendering artist has put up a few renders that show what the new micro SUV could look like.
The Future S will be the first ‘micro SUV’ from Maruti Suzuki, and will be based on the lightweight HEARTECT platform that other Marutis such as the new Dzire and Baleno already use. The Future S micro SUV concept is also expected to get a new name when it goes into production. For now though, we do know for a fact that it’ll sit under the Vitara Brezza in terms of price and positioning.
How low Maruti would go in terms of price and positioning of the new micro SUV is something that’s unknown for now. While some media outlets that it’ll be slightly pricier than the Kwid, slotting into WagonR territory, others speculate that it’ll be as pricey as the recently introduced Ignis hatchback. Other key bits of the micro SUV is butch yet funky styling bits, and the possibility of both petrol and turbo diesel engines. The HEARTECT platform supports both engines.
Maruti Suzuki classifies the Future-S as a design study and will share more details of this concept closer to the Auto Expo reveal. The Vitara Brezza was an outcome of a design study called the XA Alpha concept as well. This concept made its debut nearly six years ago at the 2012 Auto Expo. Hence, there is a possibility that the production-spec Future-S could see the light of day in the near future as well. When launched, it could sit alongside the Ignis and the upcoming Swift in Maruti’s lineup. The automaker is well known for offering customers multiple options, particularly in entry-level segments.
Since Toyota and Suzuki have already joined hands to introduce EVs in the Indian market, we cannot rule out the possibility of the Future-S concept being built to support electrification as well.
A lot of new details about this brand new vehicle from Maruti is expected to be revealed at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, when the movers and shakers from Maruti Suzuki address the media. Keep an eye on this space.