Mike Stevens | Jan 6, 2010

THE ONSLAUGHT OF small car concepts continues at this year's Delhi Auto Expo with the unveiling of Suzuki's R3 MPV concept today.

Developed specifically for the sub-continent by Indian powerhouse Maruti Suzuki, the compact R3 MPV seats six people across three rows.

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Suzuki has yet to reveal any technical details for the R3, or even whether it intends to offer a production version.

The compact MPV is believed to be built on a stretched version of the platform underpinning the Suzuki SX4.

Power is expected to come from a range of 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrol engines driving the R3's front wheels.

A fiat-sourced 1.3 litre diesel is rumoured to be among the MPV's engine options, although it's unclear how Volkswagen's new stake in Suzuki will affect such a deal.

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A production version is reportedly due for a market launch late next year and, while no official word has been given, a new model would likely help Maruti Suzuki ward off efforts by Toyota, Nissan and Honda to enter the Indian market.

The first carmaker to sell more than a million cars in India, Maruti Suzuki offers versions of the SX4, Swift, and the Indian-market Splash among its models.

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