Remember the Maruti Suzuki RIII MPV Concept from the Delhi show earlier this year? Reports are out to say that the production version of that concept will be launched as early as Q1 2011 as India’s market leader has already sent out quotation requests to vendors for components to be used in the manufacturing of the MPV.
The RIII, which sits on the SX4/Swift platform but with an extended wheelbase, is likely to be made at Maruti’s Gurgaon plant before production moves to an expanded Manesar plant. As the main production hub, India could export CBU units or knocked down kits to other markets, with Latin America and Eastern Europe being the possibilities. This smells a lot like an MPV for developing markets that could possibly make its way here.
The reports add that Suzuki wants to bring the RIII to Brazil, where big shareholder Volkswagen has a big presence and production capacity.
The RIII, which will be a seven seater (concept had 2-2-2 seating), is also rumoured to carry diesel engines from VW. Since Suzuki has access to only the Fiat Multijet diesel engine from its lone plant in India (already running at full capacity), it makes sense for Suzuki source TDI units from VW. Indian media speculates that this could be the 105 bhp 1.6-litre common rail diesel from the upcoming Vento (Polo sedan). On the petrol front, Suzuki’s 1.6-litre engine from the SX4 is a possible candidate.
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