Maruti Future S micro SUV to take on Mahindra KUV100; Production version rendered

Maruti Suzuki will launch a micro SUV based on the Future S concept. The concept was revealed at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo but the production version is expected to be a lot different. The production version will have smaller wheels, less futuristic interiors and of course much more restrained styling.

This is exactly what the render indicates. As the production version will be a budget car, expect it to share a lot of components with other Maruti cars like the Swift and Dzire. In fact, the platform will be shared. The Future S will be based on the HEARTECT platform.

This not only means that the car will be quite light due to the use of lightweight, high tensile steel, but it’ll also be strong enough to meet tighter safety norms that will soon be enforced in India. ABS and twin airbags are likely to be offered as standard on the production version.

The same could be the case with reverse parking sensors and a seat-belt warning light. Use of the same platform that the 2018 Swift is based on will give the Future S access to 1.2 liter petrol and 1.3 liter diesel engines. Both 5 speed manual and AMT options could be offered on the Maruti micro SUV. It will compete with the Mahindra KUV100.

Maruti is expected to make the Future S future-ready, which means it’ll be able to support both hybrid and electric variants if and when required. This is something that almost every next-generation Maruti car will be ready for, as revealed by the company’s CEO.

Apart from these details, there’s no exact mention anywhere as to when the Future S will hit Indian roads. A 2019 or 2020 launch timeline cannot be ruled out as Maruti is known to bring its concepts from the Auto Expo into production in a couple of years.

Render Source: IAB

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