Maruti Suzuki has just put out a teaser of the Future S concept SUV. It will be officially revealed at the 2018 Indian Auto Expo, which is scheduled for the first week of February at Greater Noida.

The Future S will be a micro SUV, to be positioned below the Vitara Brezza sub-4 meter compact SUV. In fact, the concept is said to measure over 200 mm shorter than the 4 meter long Vitara Brezza. This makes it a proper micro SUV in terms of size.

The teaser sketches clearly reveal that the Future S, with its distinctive two-box silhouette, upright proportions and muscular haunches, is a compact SUV. More importantly, the Future S marks a breakaway from the conventional and ordinary shapes of Maruti’s bread-and-butter hatchbacks and is a pointed move by India’s largest carmaker into the lower end of the SUV segment. The increasing preference for SUVs as a body style across the spectrum of the market is driving this new design direction.

Maruti-Future-S-Micro-SUV-ConceptCV Raman, senior executive director (engineering) at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “The increasing preference for UVs and their bold architecture inspired our design team to study a new character for compact cars. Concept Futures could mark a distinctive shift in how compact cars are shaped and designed in India in the future.”

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The production version of the Future S will be built on Suzuki’s lightweight ‘Heartect’ platform, while engine options are likely to include the K-series 1.2-litre petrol, alongside some form of electric technology powertrain as well, and a future 1.5-litre diesel developed in-house.

The compact SUV segment below the Vitara Brezza is relatively untapped with very little competition at the moment. The Mahindra KUV100 NXT, with its oddball crossover looks hasn’t gone down too well or Mauti’s very own Ignis, a quasi crossover, is a little too quirky for the most.

The reason here is that crossovers do not have the same feel as a proper blue-blooded SUV. An example would be the Maruti S-Cross and the Renault Captur, Cross Polo, Etios Cross etc.

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