Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Three-Row Cars in India: Burgeoning Demand for MUVs

Three-Row Cars

The Indian automotive market is seeing several launches of MUVs from different manufacturers. That indicates a change in preferences towards three-row vehicles. In addition, there are also three-row SUVs that have entered the market recently.

In terms of utility, the MUV can serve as a people carrier, a vehicle for large families, or a commercial utility. So, if you are planning to enter the MUV segment, this article might come in handy.

The popular MUV cars in India are as follows:

1) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: 

The ongoing version of the seven-seater MUV entered the market on March 15th, 2022. It is one of the bestsellers in the country and is popular among private buyers and fleet operators. The updated version of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a tweaked interior and exterior. The Ertiga features a connected car app, roof-mounted AC vents, cruise control, auto HVAC, and auto headlights, to name a few. In addition, it gets a 7-inch Smart-Play Pro touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, paddle shifters, air-cooled can-holders, etc.

Given its shape and size, the Ertiga is one of the most fuel-efficient MUVs in India.

Under the hood, the Ertiga has a 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with mild-hybrid technology that generates 103PS and 137Nm of torque. There is a 5-speed manual as standard, with a new 6-speed torque converter transmission. It also gets a CNG kit with a decreased output of 86bhp and 121.5Nm of torque. The ARAI-claimed mileage of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ranges between 20.51kmpl and 26.11km/kg.

The petrol-spec Ertiga has four trims: LXi, VXi, ZXi, and ZXi+, while the CNG kit is exclusive to the VXi and ZXi trims.

The starting price of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is Rs 8.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

2) Toyota Innova Crysta: 

It is one of the best MUVs in India. The Toyota Innova is known for its ever-lasting engine and good resale value. The Innova is popular among private owners as well as fleet owners.

The exterior of the Innova Crysta looks premium as it boasts LED DRLs, LED headlights, chrome inserts, diamond-cut alloy wheels, etc.

On the inside, the Toyota is feature-loaded. The Innova Crysta features ambient lighting, auto HVAC, auto-headlamps, cruise control, and a cooled glove box, to name a few. For entertainment, it gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, it gets seven airbags, ABS with EBD, HSA, VSC, a speed-alert system, etc.

The engine specifications of the Toyota Innova Crysta include a 2.4-litre petrol engine and a 2.7-litre diesel engine. The former produces 148bhp and 343Nm of torque, while the latter produces 164bhp and 245Nm of torque. The Innova Crysta gets a standard five-speed manual transmission and an optional six-speed automatic. Depending on the engine and transmission, the ARAI-claimed mileage of the Innova Crysta ranges between 10.75kmpl and 15.1kmpl.

The price of the Innova Crysta starts at Rs 17.86 lakh for the base model, GX2.7 7-STR, and goes up to Rs 25.86 lakh for the top model, ZX 2.4 AT 7-STR (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

3) Kia Carens: 

The Kia Carens is such a MUV that it holds a long list of features considering its price. The interior of the Kia Carens gets a dual-tone dashboard, door pads, and upholstery. In terms of features, it gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit and a digital instrument cluster. Additionally, the Carens feature 64-colour ambient lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, a single-pane sunroof, and an air-purifier, to name a few. It also gets front ventilated seats and an electric one-touch tumble-down function on second-row seats. From a safety aspect, the Kia Carens is equipped with disc brakes on all four corners, a reversing parking camera with sensors, six airbags, etc. It is available in six- and seven-seater configurations.

The Kia Carens gets 1.5-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre petrol produces 113bhp and 144Nm of torque, with a six-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the turbo-petrol unit generates 138bhp and 242Nm, paired with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel unit produces 113bhp and 250Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

The ARAI-claimed mileage of the Kia Carens ranges between 15.7kmpl and 21.3kmpl.

The starting price of the Carens is Rs 9.6 lakh for the base model, Premium 1.5 Petrol 7-STR, and goes up to Rs 17.7 lakh for the top model, Luxury Plus 1.5 Diesel AT 7-STR (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

4) Maruti Suzuki XL6:

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is a segment above the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. In addition, it’s one of the best MUVs in India. The XL6 is also pretty well equipped, as it features 2nd row ventilated seats, a seven-inch Smart-Play Pro touchscreen infotainment system, power sockets in each row, and more. The MUV also boasts connected car technology, roof-mounted AC vents, air-cooled can holders, and second-row captain seats, to name a few.

As for the powertrain, the XL6 gets a K-series 1.5-litre Dual-Jet petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. The gasoline unit generates 102bhp at 6,000rpm and 137Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 gets a five-speed manual and a new six-speed automatic transmission option with paddle shifters. The manual transmission returns a mileage of 20.97kmpl, while the automatic transmission delivers 20.27kmpl (all figures ARAI-claimed).

The Maruti XL6 has three variants – Zeta, Alpha, and Alpha+. The starting price of the XL6 is Rs 11.29 lakh for the base model, Zeta MT Petrol, and goes up to Rs 14.55 lakh for the top model, Alpha Plus AT Petrol DT (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

In terms of rivals, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 rivals the Mahindra Marazzo, Kia Carens, and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

So, above were a few popular MUVs in India. A curated list of MUVs is available in the “Cars Finder” under the “Cars” section on autoX. In addition, you can check out new cars in India for the latest MUVs. Stay tuned for further updates.


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