The automotive industry in India is swamped with a variety of cars belonging to various segments. What’s more interesting is that the industry is not rigid in labeling its products. With a customer base that’s not seen anywhere in the world, and the increasing disposable income in the hands of the burgeoning upper-middle class, automobile manufacturers are trying to tap into every possible section of car buyers in the country. We have the true-blue SUVs that were followed by the hatchback crossovers, and now compact cars like the Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki Vitara that are being dubbed as SUY hybrids. Somewhere in between are the seven seater MUVs that are targeted more at the budget-conscious customer. For all those who want to accommodate their entire family for that weekend trip to the sea, 7 seater MPVs are the obvious choice. They don’t come with the huge price tag that a SUV commands, but the same time, provide mobility for seven passengers.
Seven seater MUV/MPVs are in huge demand in the domestic market largely because of their capacious seating arrangements, driving comfort on long routes and a generous boot for storing luggage. There are a number of 7 seater cars in India manufactured by both domestic and global auto giants. Used for both passenger and commercial purposes, many of these vehicles come with off-road capabilities that allow the cars to move effortlessly manoeuvre all types of terrain.
If you are one of those hunting for one such car, here are some of the Upcoming 7 seater MUV/MPVs expected to hit the market in the next few months.
Upcoming 7 Seater MUV/MPV Cars in India
1. Maruti Suzuki WagonR 7-seater MPV
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This has been in the pipeline for long and is among the most awaited seven seater MUVs. The WagonR MPV was first showcased as a concept car at the Indonesia International Motor Show back in 2013. If industry sources are to be believed, the production version of the car has taken cues from the concept car. The standard five seater WagonR, based on the tallboy design, has been one of the most successful cars in the Indian market. The concept version of the car unveiled at Jakarta had considerable glass between the C and D pillars. It proves that the length of the car has been increased to accommodate a third row of seats. But still, the 7-seater WagonR will be less than four metres in length to tap the tax benefit. The design will be carried over from the existing hatch. The boot space is likely to be limited because of the shorter length and at the expense of the third row of seats. But even then there will be more than reasonable luggage space.
The features of the upcoming WagonR seven seater MUVs will be quite similar to its smaller cousin. The interior space for the first couple of rows will be identical to the 5-seater version. The dashboard, too, is likely to be retained. The music system will be obviously upgraded. The high-end trims may have a GPS navigation system.
The upcoming WagonR 7 seater petrol car in India will be powered by the all-aluminium K10B 1-litre engine which outputs 68PS peak power at 6200rpm and 90Nm peak torque at 3500rpm. Maruti is likely to introduce a higher capacity diesel and petrol motor from the Swift which will produce more power. The engine tuning is unlikely to change. The 1.2 litre petrol engine is expected to output 84PS power at 6000rpm and 115Nm peak torque at 4000rpm. The 1.3 litre diesel engine will output 75PS power at 4000rpm and 190Nm peak torque at 2000rpm. The same front wheel five-speed manual gearbox that drives the present WagonR will be fitted to the 7-seater version.
Expected price — ₹5-6 lakhs
Expected launch date — Early 2017
2. Datsun GO Cross
Nissan’s cousin has its eyes firmly set on the seven seater MUVs segment in India. After the highly affordable Datsun GO, RediGO and the sub-compact MPV G0+, the Japanese carmaker is all set to introduce the GO Cross in India. The vehicle has already generated a fair amount of buzz among all the 7 seater MPVs to emerge in the Indian market in the coming days.
The Datsun Go Cross is one of the most eagerly awaited upcoming 7 seater cars in India. It’s based on the GO+ MPV model and has almost identical proportions. What’s new is the contrasting body colour kit. The concept version of GO Cross doing the rounds of global car shows, has grey around the sides and silver on the dummy bash plate elements.
This upcoming seven seater MPV from the younger cousin of Nissan, has projector headlamps as well as LED daytime running lights that’s likely to become standard fittings in the production version. Among the other noticeable elements in the GO Cross is the black roof tray with rails. This too will be retained in the production model. The car also as a small rear spoiler along with a pair of fancy C-shaped tail lamps that is likely to find place in the production model.
The upcoming GO Cross seven seater MUV will come with a three-cylinder 1.2 litre petrol engine as a standard offering. Industry experts predict that there’s a high chance that a diesel version will debut along with the petrol option. It’s likely to be the 1.5 litre dCi engine that powers Renault and Nissan models. The front-wheel drive car will be powered by a five-speed manual transmission gearbox across all models.
Dastsun has no yet released any pictures of the GO Cross interiors. But Going by how the company has decked up the GO and RediGO models, the GO Gross is expected to have the standard elements along with a few upgrades.
Expected price — ₹4.5-6.5lakhs
Expected launch date — Early 2017
3. Hyundai Hexa Space
Talk about seven seater MUVs or MPVs and Hyundai has plans to introduce its own. The South Korean automobile manufacturer is the second biggest player in the Indian car market and is reportedly ready with the Hexa Space. It’s codenamed IP and will be a premium car. The concept version was unveiled at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
The Hexa Space, one of the most awaited upcoming seven seater MUVs, will come in a choice of engines taken from the Verna. The 1.4 litre VTVT petrol engine can output 106bhp peak power and 135Nm torque. The other variant, the oil guzzling 1.4 litre U2 engine can produce 89bhp power and 220Nm peak torque. But the 1.6 litre diesel and petrol engines are likely to be introduced later. The transmission duties will be carried out by the 6-speed gearbox, available both in manual and automatic variants.
The upcoming Hexa Space seven seater MUV will be targeted at the more budget customers. It’s doesn’t have the looks that many other seven seater MUVs have. It shares many of its components with the Grand i10 as well as the Creta compact SUV. But the platform of this new MPV will be retained for various other Hyundai projects, like the new sub-four metre compact SUV that the company is currently working on. The design of the Hexa Space is based on the fluidic sculpture design philosophy of Hyundai. Such cars have an aggressive front grille along with swept back headlights that make the vehicle look sportier and contemporary than its peers. The Hexa Space can take seven seater MUVs to a whole new level if Hyundai can push the boundaries.
Expected price — ₹8-10 lakhs
Expected launch date — Mid 2017
4. Chevrolet Spin
The Detroit headquartered carmaker earlier tested the seven seater MUV market in India with the Chevrolet Enjoy MPV. While the car attracted some positive reviews, it didn’t really get the company’s cash registers ringing. The vehicle was discontinued in June this year.
Chevrolet is now heavily banking on Spin to cut some teeth in the MUV market. The Chevy Spin seven seater MUVs look more like an affordable family vehicle and less of a premium one. The car is likely to be introduced in the early months of 2017 and is set to be powered by a 1.2 litre VVTi four-cylinder petrol engine which outputs 85bhp power at 5600rpm and 115Nm torque at 4000rpm. The car will also be available in the 1.5 litre option which will produce 106bhp power at 6,000rpm and 148Nm torque at 3800rpm. The latter version is currently available in the Thailand market and is likely to be seen in India. A six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission gearbox will supply power to the front wheels.
There’s nothing much to speak about the Spin’s design aesthetics. It’s a flat and staid looking car. Quality of the plastics look plain and the entire interior design look dated. With changes happening in the automobile industry almost on a daily basis, Chevy really needs to pull up its socks in the face of competition from existing seven seater MUVs like Maruti Ertiga and the upcoming 7-seater WagonR, the Honda Mobilio and Renault Lodgy. The exterior design too looks plain and is nothing much to speak about. Given the market presence Maruti commands, Chevrolet may have to brace up for some tough times ahead.
Expected price — ₹7-11 lakhs
Expected launch date — Mid 2017
5. Toyota Alphard Hybrid MPV
Bookings for the new Toyota Innova Crysta seven seater MUVs have opened and the waiting period has already gone up to a few months. The Japanese carmaker has been doing well in India with the Innova brand. It now wants to target the upmarket MPV segment with the brand new Alphard hybrid car that may make its way to India. But that’s unlikely to be anytime soon and we may get to see the car not early as late next year. The Alphard hybrid MPV has debuted in a few Asian markets like Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and others.
The Toyota Alphard is one of the most futuristic looking seven seater MUVs around. It sports a bold design, with plush interiors and an efficient hybrid powertrain. With a generous width, the car has space enough to accommodate eight occupants, courtesy three spacious rows of seats.
The Toyota Alphard hybrid seven seater MUVs are packed with various luxury and convenient equipment. The leather upholstery and panoramic sunroof adds more to the luxury quotient. The exterior design of the car is aggressive and bold, particularly the front fascia. There’s an automatic sliding centre door which can be operated with a button.
The Alphard hybrid car shares its engine with the Toyota Camry hybrid. The 2.5 litre petrol hybrid is just what this car needs. On the Camry, the engine produces 157bhp power at 5700rpm and 213Nm of peak torque at 4500rpm. The power is transferred through the six-speed automatic transmission gearbox, supported by an electric four-wheel drive system.
What may not work for the car is the steep price tag, at which discerning Indian buyers will go for a genuine SUV.
Expected price — ₹50-56 lakhs
Expected launch date — Late 2017
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