In a recent revelation, Maruti Suzuki, the renowned automaker, is gearing up to launch a compact and budget-friendly MPV for the Indian market. The upcoming model, internally known as YTB, is set to make its debut around 2026 and is anticipated to bring a host of modifications to cater to the preferences of Indian consumers.
The foundation for this upcoming MPV is the Suzuki Spacia, an ultra-compact micro MPV already available in international markets. Despite being based on the Spacia, the India-bound MPV, codenamed YDB, will undergo significant alterations to suit the distinct tastes of the Indian audience.
Maruti Suzuki Spacia MPV Expected Design and Dimension
The Spacia, with its practical boxy design, is expected to undergo a makeover for the Indian market. Recognizing the preference for more stylish designs in India, the MPV will feature an altered exterior. Additionally, to enhance occupant space, the India-spec version will be elongated while still maintaining a sub-4-meter length.
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The Japanese Spacia, measuring 3,395mm, falls under the ‘Kei’ car category. However, the India-bound MPV will surpass this length, ensuring it remains within the sub-4-meter category. This extension will allow for an additional third-row of seating, differentiating it from the two-row layout of the Spacia.
Powertrain and Transmission
Unlike its Japanese counterpart powered by a compact 660cc engine, the YTB MPV is expected to boast a robust 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Z-series engine. This engine, borrowed from the upcoming new-gen Swift, offers 82 bhp of maximum power and 108 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options will include a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission.
Positioned strategically in Maruti’s portfolio, the YTB MPV will be slotted below the Ertiga and XL6 models. Upon its launch, it will directly compete with the Renault Triber, the sole three-row sub-4-meter MPV in India presently.
One distinctive feature of the Spacia – sliding doors for rear passengers – is expected to be replaced with conventional doors in the Indian version. The overall boxy design of the MPV will be retained, albeit with tweaks to make it more appealing to Indian consumers.
The YTB MPV is set to offer a premium driving experience, distinct from the Ertiga, and will be exclusively available through Nexa dealerships. Maruti Suzuki, known for the success of the Ertiga and XL6 models, aims to introduce a product that seamlessly blends practicality with sophistication.
With plans to introduce both manual and AMT gearbox options, Maruti Suzuki might also consider launching a CNG variant of the YTB MPV, further expanding its appeal in the market.
As Maruti Suzuki continues its commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, the YTB MPV is poised to make a significant impact in the Indian automotive landscape, offering a compelling choice for consumers seeking a blend of affordability, style, and functionality.
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