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Top 5 upcoming MPVs in India: From Innova Hycross to Hyundai Stargazer


The SUV and MPV segments have become quite popular in the Indian market. Automakers are seeing exponential sales growth in this segment and new cars are being developed and introduced to the Indian market.
The wide range of MPVs on the market can often confuse potential buyers. So why not check out the upcoming MPVs in India that will hit the market by the end of 2023?
1. Toyota Innova Hycross
TKM recently released an official statement that it has temporarily stopped taking orders for the diesel variant of its best-selling model. Innova Crysta due to high demand. There are also some rumors that Toyota will discontinue production of the diesel Innova Crysta permanently due to emissions issues. But at the same time, Toyota India is also getting ready to launch New Innova Hyryder coming to the Indian market soon.

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The new Toyota Innova will have the ‘Hycross’ suffix while removing the Crysta suffix. The new Innova is expected to be offered only with the 2.0-litre NA petrol engine with hybrid technology.
In terms of dimensions, we predict the new Toyota Innova Hycross will have a length of 4.7 meters and a wheelbase of 2,850 mm. Like the current generation Innova, it will have a multi-seat layout as well as a spacious cabin, some of the key features of an MPV.
Toyota Innova Hycross will be based on TNGA-C monolithic architecture. It is expected to be lighter than the Innova Crysta and will come in an FWD configuration.
In terms of features, Toyota Innova Hycross is expected to come with an 8-inch infotainment system, 360 camera, semi-digital instrument cluster and electric sunroof.
2. Hyundai Stargazer
Hyundai recently revealed its new car Stargazer MPV in the Indonesian market. Stargazer will be produced domestically in Indonesia and will compete with Suzuki Ertiga & XL7, Kia Carens, Toyota Avanza & Veloz, Mitsubishi Xpander and Daihatsu Xenia in the Indonesian market.

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The price of the MPV starts from IDR 243,300,000 (about Rs 12.97) to IDR 307,100,000 (about Rs 16.37 at current exchange rates).
Talking about the design of the MPV, the overall look of the car is very different from a typical Hyundai. It has clean flows with a curved design. The curved design makes the MPV look taller and wider. It comes with a new parametric grille flanked by a split headlight setup. It is also equipped with slender horizontal LED DRLs placed at the top and the main LED headlights located on the lower bumper.
The MPV is equipped with 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear, it has new ‘H’ shaped LED taillights running across the rear doors. The overall design looks fresh, unique and different from other Hyundai models.
In terms of dimensions, the 3-row MPV Stargazer has a length of 4,460mm, a width of 1,780mm and a height of 1,695mm, with a wheelbase of 2,780mm.
As for the interior, the stargazer will be offered in both 6-seater and 7-seater configurations. The cabin of the MPV looks like a typical Hyundai. It has a standalone 8-inch display with rotary and tactile buttons. Below are the central AC vents and the HVAC control.
Stargazer is equipped with Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car technology that allows users to know the vehicle’s current condition, turn on/off the engine, adjust the cabin temperature, lock/unlock the doors, honk the horn, turn on/off the lights and find Find out the location of the parked vehicle via mobile phone.
Other safety features include stolen vehicle notification, vehicle tracking, engine immobilization, Automatic Collision Notification, SOS/Emergency Assist, Roadside Assist, etc. Hyundai also offers several ADAS function.
Hyundai Stargazer MPV will be equipped with a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 115 horsepower and maximum torque of 144 Nm.
Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual transmission and an IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission). The MPV has a 40-liter fuel tank.
As mentioned earlier, Stargazer is expected to be launched in India. India’s spec-bound is expected to feature the same engine options as the Kia Carens, 115hp 1.5L VTVT NA petrol, 115hp CRDi, 1.5L diesel and petrol boost pressure GDi 140 hp, 1.4L.
Hyundai is offering the Stargazer in 12 versions with both a 6-seat option with the captain’s seat and a 7-seat option with a bench seat in the middle row. Starting with basic active trim, followed by Trends, Styles, and finally top Prime trim with single-tone and dual-tone options.
3. Kia Carnival facelift
The upgraded Kia Carnival has been announced globally for 2021. While the launch date in India has yet to be revealed by the automaker, it is expected to arrive sometime next year.
Speaking of dimensions, the new Carnival has a length of 5155mm, a width of 1995mm and a height of 1775mm.

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Globally, Carnival is being offered with the new 3.5L V6 MPi, 2.2L Smartstream and 3.5L GDi V6 Smartstrem petrol engine options. In India, the 2023 Kia Carnival will likely be offered with a 2.2L diesel engine making 200hp and 440Nm. Transmission duties will be performed by an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Some of the features will include blind spot assist, lane keep assist, surround view monitor, forward collision avoidance assist and high beam assist.
4. MPV based on Citroen C3
Citroen launched the C3 compact hatchback in the Indian market in July this year as the second product for the country. It looks like the French-based automaker is ready for India another car based on the C3. For the first time, test mules that appear to be a seven-seat version of the C3 have been discovered.

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Pictures of Citroen C4 MPV for reference

The prototypes are fully camouflaged, but the front and rear design is expected to be more or less similar to the C3. However, the MPV appeared much longer than the compact hatchback. It could even have a slightly larger wheelbase to accommodate an extra row of seats.
Style wise, Citroen could give the C3 a 7 seater with a few exterior updates, to make it stand out. Sitting above the C3 in the company’s portfolio, the three-row car will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, while also facing competition from the Renault Triber. We expect the Citroen MPV to be more affordable than the Ertiga.
It remains unclear whether the C3-based MPV will use the same powertrain as the car it will be based on. That said, Citroen offers the C3 with a 1.2-litre NA petrol engine for 82bhp and 115Nm of peak torque, as well as a turbocharged petrol version of the same engine that makes 82bhp and 115Nm of torque. capacity of 109 hp and 190 Nm. torque. The former comes standard with a 5-speed MT, while the second is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

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