Calendar year 2023 will see a lot of notable launches in the seven-seater premium space and here we have mentioned them all.
Carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Kia, and MG Motor are gearing up to bring new three-row models to the Indian market in the 2023 calendar year, capitalizing on the growing trend. We’ll see plenty of action right from the start as the 2023 Auto Expo in January sets the tone for the rest of the year. Here are some notable seven-seater launches:
1. Toyota Innova Hicross:
The Innova Hicross debuted last month and its official pricing will be announced in January. The premium MPV can be had as a seven- or eight-seater and will likely carry a starting price tag of Rs. 22 lakh and it can go all the way to Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom). The new generation Innova gets a thoroughly redesigned exterior with muscular SUV-like styling.
The interior is more advanced than the Innova Crysta with more advanced features and technologies including dual-pane sunroof, electric tailgate, ottoman function for the middle row chairs, a large touchscreen infotainment system, ADAS technology etc. Powered by a 2.0-litre NA petrol or a powerful hybrid petrol engine and based on the modular TNGA-C platform.
2. MG Hector Plus Facelift:
In January 2023, MG Motor will introduce the updated version of the Hector midsize SUV with a redesigned front grille and an interior that will gain a larger touchscreen infotainment system with more connectivity features. We expect similar changes to be implemented on the three-row Hector Plus sooner rather than later.
3. New-gen Kia Carnival:
Kia India is expected to introduce the all-new generation of the Carnival sometime next year and its local market debut is likely to take place at the 2023 Auto Expo in Greater Noida. But it has not been officially confirmed yet. Considering the success of the existing model and the good reception for the premium MPV, we believe this will have an impact as the existing global model is more advanced inside and out.
4. Updated Toyota Innova Crysta:
The Innova Crysta will soldier on for enthusiasts and diesel seekers and it will likely return in its updated avatar in the coming months. The MPV has been on sale for over six years and for the first time, it may also get a CNG iteration.
5. Maruti Innova Derivatives:
Based on the Innova Hicross, the flagship Maruti Suzuki MPV is said to be launched in the second half of 2023, following the same route as the crossover between the Grand Vitara and the Urban Cruiser Highrider. It will sit above the XL6 and will be available exclusively at the Nexa chain of premium outlets.