Maruti Suzuki Invicto respectfully risky for Rs 30 lakh

Maruti Suzuki Invicto is the rebadged version of Toyota’s Hycross. The difference is in the variants and powertrains. Maruti Suzuki is offering Invicto, keeping high efficiency in focus. It comes with a strong hybrid petrol engine only, unlike Toyota, which offers Hycross with a standard Petrol engine. The variants are also very few and kept to high and top spec only. The price of Maruti Suzuki Invicto has been very surprising as it is very un-Maruti-like. Launched in the price bracket of Rs 24.79 lakh-28.42 lakh (ex-showroom), it is the most expensive product by Maruti Suzuki.

Maruti Suzuki Invicto Zeta Plus 7 STR – ₹24.79 Lakhs*

Maruti Suzuki Invicto Zeta Plus 8 STR – ₹24.84 Lakhs*

Maruti Suzuki Invicto Alpha Plus 7 STR – ₹28.42 Lakhs*

Maruti Suzuki Invicto – Design

Design-wise, you will notice no difference as compared to Hycross. Both look big and muscular with SUV-ish design MPV. Measuring 4,755mm in length, 1,850mm in width, and 1,795mm in height, it is a very big vehicle by Maruti Suzuki as we imagine a Maruti Suzuki’s car as a small hatchbacks or compact SUVs.

Certain elements distinguish Maruti Suzuki Invicto from its sibling, Hycross. Invicto’s front grille has a different mesh design and two large slats that divulge into the headlights. Headlights are the same on both vehicles, but Maruti Suzuki Invicto gets a 3-block LED DRL, signature lighting across all Nexa cars. On the rear, the tail light is again slightly replicates the family look.

Maruti Suzuki Invicto – Interior

Both Hycross and Invicto’s interior looks the same. Maruti has used black with champagne gold in its interiors, and Hycross has used black with brown as primary colors. Both offer premium and airy cabins where you can sit for long hours. Maruti Suzuki Invicto’s leatherette upholstery all along the dashboard gives you a rich look. However, the Hycross’ interior has few too many scratchy plastics in sight.

Overall, the dashboard is neat and user-friendly, the gear lever is nice to hold and easy to reach, and all the essential controls are easily accessible in both vehicles.

Both the MPVs have ample space inside. Maruti Suzuki Invicto is offered in 8 and 7-seat versions, the former having a bench seat in the middle and individual captain seats in the latter. Both the vehicles offer comfortable reclining backrests and adjustable armrests. Hycross’ top spec gets a powered leg rest, which is missing in Hycross. Access to the third row is convenient.

Maruti Suzuki Invicto’s middle row can slide forward, creating more space in the third row without compromising on the comfort of the middle-row passengers. In the 7-seater version, you even have the advantage of squeezing through the passage between the captain chairs, which is quite playful for the children. Tall passengers in the third row might find headroom quite limited, but for the average-sized adults, it will be comfortable.

Maruti Suzuki Invicto – Safety and features

The Maruti Suzuki Invicto is only available from Maruti in the high-spec Zeta+ and fully loaded Alpha+ trims. A number of firsts for a Maruti are included in the lengthy feature list, including a motorized driver’s seat with memory, dual-zone climate control (with a separate zone for the back of the cabin), rear window sunshades, and a powered tailboard. A 360-degree camera, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof are other standout features. Although not very high-resolution, the cameras are useful when maneuvering the Maruti Suzuki Invicto through confined spaces. 

The 10.1-inch touchscreen could be better and inferior to Suzuki’s SmartPlay Pro+ system, installed in less expensive Maruti vehicles. The screen could be more responsive, and the graphics could be better. The device does include Apple CarPlay (wireless) and Android Auto (wired), and connects with a 6-speaker audio system. A similarly priced Hycross receives a 9-speaker JBL audio setup.

Maruti Suzuki Invicto Practicality

The Maruti Suzuki Invicto offers plenty of little bays, cupholders, and bottle holders to accommodate your collection of trinkets. The luggage room is quite impressive. There is room for soft bags or cabin luggage while the last row is in position. Maruti Suzuki Invicto’s rear seats’ 50:50 split may be folded flat to increase space in cargo van levels. Large objects may be easily loaded thanks to the broad aperture, and you’ll appreciate the motorized tailboard on muddy days.

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Maruti Suzuki Invicto – Engine

The only available powertrain for the Maruti Suzuki Invicto is a powerful hybrid. The system consists of a 113 horsepower AC synchronous electric motor driven by a self-charging nickel metal hydride battery and a 152 horsepower, 1987cc, 4-cylinder petrol engine (again, the largest on a Maruti). Maximum combined output is 186 horsepower, and an e-CVT transmission transmits that power to the front wheels. 

Maruti Suzuki Invicto – Ride and handling

The Maruti Suzuki Invicto is surprisingly simple to drive for a car this size. The Invicto feels smaller than it is, thanks to the effortless steering to turn at parking speeds and the relatively tiny turning circle. Another plus is the comfort of the ride. The fact that Maruti chose 17-inch wheels over larger 18-inch ones results in a more rounded ride than a top-of-the-line Hycross can provide. There is noticeable bump absorption, and the suspension also operates quietly. However, a fair amount of traffic noise enters the cabin. 

The single-piece body, A ladder-frame model, might provide that sensation of invincibility, but the Maruti Suzuki Invicto does not. Additionally, purchasers in the hills might need to be more enthusiastic about the front-wheel-drive design. 

Verdict

The Maruti Suzuki Invicto could be better, just like the Hycross. Some plastics don’t match the price tag, and the lack of a diesel engine will discourage many purchasers from being interested. But when everything is considered, the Invicto has far more advantages than disadvantages, making it a simple recommendation. 

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