After much anticipation, Maruti Suzuki has kickstarted the 2020 Auto Expo by unveiling the all-new Futuro-e Concept – a design study of the homegrown carmaker's first-ever Coupe-SUV. The Concept represents the future of Maruti Suzuki’s mid-size SUV segment to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The key design highlight of the Futuro-e concept is its sloping coupe-like roofline – a design trait that was found only in the upmarket luxury segment up until now. Apart from that, the concept retains the typical traits of a high-riding SUV, with an upright stance, bold front-end, and a high bonnet.
Under the hood, the production-spec model based on the Futuro-e Concept is expected to feature Maruti Suzuki's 1.5-litre K15B petrol motor and, in the future, could also mark the revival of the brand's diesel powertrains in their BS-VI versions. Unsurprisingly, the Futuro-e concept is also designed to accommodate an electric powertrain.
The Futuro-e Concept has been revealed under the rubric of Maruti Suzuki's 'Mission Green Million', an initiative that aims to sell one million green vehicles in the coming few years. Launching the initiative, Mr Kenichi Ayukawa, (MD & CEO - Maruti Suzuki India Limited) said, 'Mission Green Million is our commitment to bring advanced powertrain technologies for the Indian customers. In this mission, "Make in India" will be our core philosophy. S-CNG and Smart Hybrid technologies on Maruti Suzuki cars have seen huge acceptance by customers. We have complete faith in the future of the Indian automotive market and will accelerate our efforts for electrification of powertrains, with a technology-agnostic approach. Our endeavour will be to offer realistic solutions for mass acceptance by customers.'