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Suzuki R3 Concept MPV Revealed in New Delhi

Suzuki's subsidiary in India has unveiled the Suzuki R3 Concept MPV at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi earlier today.  The Indian-designed vehicle with six individual seats was designed from scratch in only nine months.

Unveiled live on national television, the R3 Concept was designed to capture the attention of a growing number of consumers in that country who require vehicles for multiple purposes.  Should the vehicle make production, consumers should expect a vehicle whose seats fold away allowing for a substantial amount of cargo room.

If the subsidiary, Maruti Suzuki India, brings the car to market, rear passengers would find it much easier getting in and out of rearward opening doors versus conventional doors.  The doors also look much more stylish compared to sliding versions.  Color tones on the inside go together well, and include cream and black upholstery, glossy black inserts with chrome trim, and a mellow blue.

The exterior is given a somewhat brutish look, with a somewhat boxy shape and bulky rear.  At the front, high-intensity lighting is contrasted with, what appears to be, subtle LED accents.  LEDs can also be seen in the rear.  Dual-exhaust pipes are well incorporated behind each wheel well.

It is unclear what engine is used on the car, what fuel it uses, and the performance it delivers.  Some reports speculate the car could receive the automaker's 1.2- and 1.4-liter petrol engines, and a Fiat-built 1.3-liter diesel.  The engine appears to be mated to a five-speed manual transmission on the prototype.

Maruti Suzuki is the big dog of the Indian auto market.  The company holds nearly 50% of the market share in that country.  Unveilings today by Toyota and Honda, and increased investment by GM, will require Suzuki to continue developing vehicles specifically for the Indian market if they want to continue dominating there.

A production version of the Suzuki R3 Concept MPV could come to market inside of two years.

Special thanks to IndianAutosBlog.com for the live photos.

Source: Photos via Autocar

Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce that its Indian automobile production subsidiary, Maruti Suzuki India, will be exhibiting the following vehicles at Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi (to be held from 5 to 11 January 2010*): Concept model: R3

The Indian market is changing rapidly and consumer lifestyles evolving fast. To cater to one such market need, Maruti Suzuki has developed a concept car, R3. The Concept R3 model is a Compact Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) for such people. Designed by Maruti Suzuki India's Research and Development Department, it combines compact dimensions with a stylish profiling. The Concept compact MPV accommodates six people in three rows.

The 6-seater Concept MPV is an all-new compact vehicle completely different from any of the existing cars from the Maruti Suzuki family and hitherto unseen at any auto international show. Concept R3 has been conceptualized, designed and built from the scratch by a team of talented Indian designers in India over a short time span of nine months. It represents the next level of skill enhancement of Maruti Suzuki engineers.

Reference exhibits (eco-vehicles): SX4 Hybrid and Eeco Electric Vehicle

Maruti Suzuki India is taking part in an Indian government project that promotes hybrid and electric vehicles.
It will be exhibiting two prototype vehicles that Maruti Suzuki has developed for the project: the SX4 Hybrid and the Eeco (Every+) Electric Vehicle.

Production models and other reference exhibits

Maruti Suzuki India will be showing 16 other automobiles including ten production models (13 units in total) and two reference exhibits: the Kizashi and SX4 Hatchback (three units in total).

Maruti Suzuki pavilion will also be highlighting Suzuki's two-wheel leadership by showing nine motorcycles: the Hayabusa, Intruder, and other large models; the Thai-produced Skydrive 125 scooter; and the Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter, which was last seen at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

 

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THERENAISSANCEMAN
sorry Suzuki , no dice , the GrandVitara's conventional profile still holds up well for me
Jan 7, 2010 10:38 pm
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car-o-bar
the GM Meriva resemblance is due to the GM Suzuki alliance and same Indian design shop, DC Designs. DC Designs also designed the Chevy Beat and sister concepts and also developed the prototype for AM DB9 to their huge credit.
Jan 5, 2010 8:08 pm
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BrianWCF
8 live photos added to article courtesy of IndianAutosBlog.com
Jan 5, 2010 6:14 pm
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jasb
Anyone else see the striking resemblance between this and the new GM Meriva? Particularly in the window line and those suicide doors. And I thought VW had taken over Suzuki not GM Europe!
Jan 5, 2010 5:39 pm
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Renegade
It dose look pretty nice, but who cares, VW will just make Suzuki clones of VAG models, so we will get a polo, sized Suzuki, a Suzuki compact on the Rabbit/Golf/Leon/A3/Octavia platform, a Suzuki on the Tiguan platform and and a P-ass-at/A4 platform for the next Kizashi.
Jan 5, 2010 5:38 pm
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ivanadrive
Dear Suzuki, GM just built your concept (Opel/Vauxhall Meriva). Next.
Jan 5, 2010 5:29 pm
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