Maruti Suzuki is gearing up to make waves in the premium MPV segment, with the unveiling of its Invicto Alpha Plus MPV slated for July 5th, 2023. The forthcoming model will be a single variant offering, packing a host of features and a petrol-hybrid powertrain. It is also expected to be the first vehicle from the automaker to be exclusively available in an automatic transmission.
The Invicto Alpha Plus will borrow much of its design aesthetics from its Toyota cousin, the Innova Hycross. The exterior design is expected to feature an upright front bumper, squared-off wheel arches with chunky side cladding, rear LED taillamps, and a roof-mounted extended spoiler. However, the Invicto will differentiate itself with a redesigned grille, tweaked LED headlamps, revised taillight clusters, and a fresh set of alloy wheels.
The interior of the Alpha Plus variant promises a premium finish throughout. Prospective owners can expect a soft-touch dual-tone dashboard, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a JBL-sourced music system. Other luxurious features will include a digital instrument cluster, multi-zone climate control, a wireless charger, powered driver seat with memory function, and ventilated front seats. Furthermore, Maruti Suzuki is upping the ante with ottoman rear seats with a recline function, ambient lighting, a powered tailgate, and a panoramic sunroof.
When it comes to safety, Maruti Suzuki is not cutting corners with the Invicto Alpha Plus. The model is expected to come equipped with six airbags, a 360-degree camera, ESP, hill hold/descent control, blind spot monitoring, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, three-point seat belts for all passengers, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Under the hood, the Invicto Alpha Plus will be powered by a petrol-hybrid engine derived from its Toyota counterpart. This 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled with an e-CVT unit will output a total of 184bhp and 188Nm of peak torque. The engine will also offer four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Power, and EV.
While the Maruti Suzuki Invicto’s price remains unannounced, estimates put the tag north of Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom). This is in line with the pricing of other hybrid vehicles in Maruti Suzuki’s lineup, such as the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and the Grand Vitara.
Upon launch, the Invicto MPV will square off against formidable competitors in the Indian market, including the Toyota Innova Hycross, Kia Carens, Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus, and the Toyota Innova Crysta. Regardless, Maruti Suzuki seems less focused on the numbers and more on establishing a robust brand presence in the premium MPV segment, as stated by Shashank Srivastava, Senior Executive Officer, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India.
The Invicto Alpha Plus, to be manufactured in Toyota’s plant in Bidadi, will add another feather to Maruti Suzuki’s cap, marking the eighth product from Nexa and reinforcing the brand’s premium image.