While having a distinctive profile, the Maruti Engage will borrow its internals from the Toyota Innova Hicross.
Maruti is working on its new flagship which will be a rebadged version of the Innova Hicross. Although the official name has not been announced, a recent trademark registration suggests that the MPV could be launched under the name Maruti Engage. It is expected to debut in July.
Maruti Engage will face rivals like Kia Carnival. It can also compete with Mahindra XUV700, Tata Safari and MG Hector Plus. The Maruti Engage will be manufactured by Toyota and supplied to Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Engage front grill design leaked
Ahead of its debut, the front grille design of Maruti Suzuki’s Innova Hicross-based MPV has been leaked online. It seems to follow the new design language as seen in Nexa cars like Grand Vitara and Maruti Franks. The signature hexagonal chrome surrounds are proof of that.
At the top, there are two wide chrome strips with the Suzuki logo. While the upper strip is shorter, the lower strip is expected to extend up to the headlamps. The grille elements are unique, though less obvious with the low-res visuals.
The Maruti Engage gets 3-point LED DRLs, which can be seen on the Fronx and Vitara. Other features may also be based on Nexa’s new design language. In terms of road presence, expect the same level of refinement and authority as the Toyota Innova Hicross. Some other highlights of Maruti Engage include prominent bumper, projector headlamps, sculpted bonnet, squarish wheel arches, thick body cladding, blacked-out pillars, sporty alloy wheels and edge tail lamps.
Maruti Engage Performance, Features
It is not sure whether Maruti Engage will have the entire range of Innova Hicross or will focus only on the hybrid variants. The Toyota Innova Hicross non-hybrid variants are powered by a 2.0-litre petrol motor that produces 172.99 hp of maximum power and 209 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a CVT gearbox. The 2.0-litre petrol motor onboard the Innova Highcross Hybrid variants produces 183.7 hp and 188 Nm of torque. It is mated to an e-drive with sequential shift. The Innova Hicross Hybrid variants are equipped with a 168 cell Ni-MH battery.
Most of the Maruti Engage’s features will be borrowed from the Innova Hicross. Some of the key highlights inside are ventilated leather seats, powered ottoman seats with long slide, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear sunshade, 7-inch TFT instrument cluster, 360° surround view camera, electrochromic IRVM and multi-zone AC. and 8-way powered driver’s seat with memory function.
Innova Highcross offers a range of connectivity features like remote commands, find my car, remote vehicle ignition start/stop and vehicle health reports. The safety kit includes 6 SRS airbags, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, front and reverse parking sensors and a reverse parking camera. The Toyota Safety Sense system includes auto high beam, pre-collision system, blind spot monitor, lane trace assist, rear cross traffic alert and dynamic radar-based cruise control.