On July 5, 2023, Maruti Suzuki will add a new hybrid MPV to its growing model line-up in India. Called the Engage, the upcoming car is based around the Toyota Innova Hycross. The premium offering is a product of the collaboration (in 2017) between Maruti Suzuki and Toyota, and owing to its premium stature, the Engage MPV will be the most expensive and largest car in Maruti Suzuki's model range. We expect the MPV to be priced somewhere between Rs 25.20 lakh and Rs 30.20 lakh (ex-showroom), slightly higher than the Innova Hycross. The Maruti Suzuki Engage, which is a rebadged version of the popular Innova Hycross, will go on sale via Maruti Suzuki's Nexa chain of dealerships.
The Engage will be Maruti Suzuki's answer to the likes of the Kia Carens, the MG Hector Plus, the Tata Safari, etc. It shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Innova Hycross. This means that it is based on the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA).
Maruti Suzuki Engage: Exterior, Interior
While the exterior and interior details of the Engage are yet to unfold, a teaser image does give us a glimpse at a silhouette of the upcoming MPV. There is no official communication from the company, but we expect the Engage model to receive some styling changes. Speculations are rife that the new model will get newly designed bumpers, minor tweaks to a taillight design, and a new grille flanked by revised headlights
On the inside, the Engage MPV is anticipated to be offered in seven and eight-seater configurations. Aside from this, it could sport a different interior colour scheme. However, the MPV will likely feature the same infotainment screen and instrument cluster as the Innova Hycross, besides a 360-degree camera and a head-up display.
Maruti Suzuki Engage: Drivetrain
Mechanically, the Engage MPV will receive the same strong-hybrid powertrain as the Innova Hycross. Upon launch, the 2.0-litre strong-hybrid unit will deliver around 183bhp and 188Nm of torque. However, there are no official details on whether the MPV would come with the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder TNGA petrol engine that is available with the Innova Hycross. When running on the 2.0-litre petrol unit, power and torque figures stand at 173bhp and 209Nm.
It is believed that the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Engage will mark a significant expansion of Maruti Suzuki's Nexa range. The Engage will be manufactured at Toyota's facility in Bidadi, Karnataka.