Maruti Suzuki is the largest car-maker in India with close to 50 percent market share. As per data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures, out of 100 passengers cars sold in India, nearly 60 units are from Maruti Suzuki. Many models of the Indo-Japanese car-maker are the top sellers in their respective segment. Its latest launches — the Vitara Brezza and the Baleno — are recording average monthly sales of over 9,000 units. To be on top of the game, Maruti Suzuki will launch some new models in the coming months. Here is a list of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki cars:
Maruti Suzuki showcased the Baleno RS as a concept at the Auto Expo 2016. The hot hatch will be the first car in India to be powered by the Boosterjet turbo-petrol engine of Suzuki. The 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine would churn out close to 110bhp of power and 170Nm of peak torque. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The jazzed-up version of the Baleno will come with additional features like side skirts, new diamond cut alloy wheels, reverse camera, automatic climate control and 7-inch touchscreen SmartPlay entertainment system with Apple CarPlay. It will take on the likes of Fiat Abarth Punto, Ford Figo 1.5-litre petrol and Volkswagen Polo GT TSI.
Unveiled at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show last year, the Ignis made its India debut at the Auto Expo 2016. The first compact crossover of Maruti Suzuki will be advertised as urban crossover and will be pitted against Mahindra KUV100. The Ignis will be powered by a 1.2-litre VTVT petrol engine and a 1.3-litre MultiJet diesel engine. Transmission options will include five-speed manual gearbox and a CVT unit. Rumours have also said that the Ignis could get an all-wheel drive option. The Ignis measures 3,700mm in length, 1,660mm in width, and 1,595mm in height. The vehicle comes with a wheelbase of 2,435mm and has a ground clearance of 180mm.
Vitara Brezza Petrol
The petrol iteration of the Vitara Brezza compact SUV is expected in early 2017. Though there is no concrete information on the engine, industry reports indicate two possible engines — a 1.0-litre Boosterjet and 1.2-litre K series. The 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine is a turbo-powered unit that is expected to develop close to 111bhp and 170Nm of peak torque. The 1.2-litre K series is the tried-and-tested unit of Maruti Suzuki, which is expected to develop 83bhp and 115Nm of torque. The design, features and variant offering will be identical to the diesel version, which is on sale in the country.
The next generation of the Swift will be one of the key products of Suzuki's upcoming plant in Gujarat. The next generation of the small car is expected make its debut in early 2017. The new Swift is expected to have a more stylish appearance than the current model. It is expected to get a floating roof design, similar to the Vitara Brezza. The face will get a large hexagonal grille and air intakes. The headlamps will be inspired from the Baleno hatchback, with dedicated projector lamps and daytime running lights. The interior of the car is expected to get a new dashboard and flat-bottomed steering wheel. In India, Maruti Suzuki is likely to continue with the familiar 1.2-litre K-series engine and the 1.3-litre diesel engine. It may enter Indian market in mid-2017.
In its first outing with Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki failed to make an impact in the segment. The sales of the SUV were much lower as compared to the other popular models of the company. With growing demand for premium SUVs, the re-launch of the Vitara in its new avatar is expected in 2017. The new Vitara will be powered by a 1.6-litre DDiS diesel engine that develops 118bhp and 320Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission. Suzuki's AllGrip AWD system will be on offer in the vehicle.
The Jimny is the younger sibling of the Gypsy SUV. It is currently in its third generation, which was unveiled in 1998. The new generation of the Jimny is expected to make a debut by the end of 2017, and rumours are rife that it will be sold and manufactured in India. The next generation of the Jimny will based on the platform that also underpins the Baleno and the soon-to-be launched Ignis compact SUV. It is expected to come with the four-wheel drive system and will be powered by a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine. Maruti Suzuki will either sell the compact SUV with the Jimny nameplate or it will be positioned as the successor of Gypsy to capitalise on the latter's demand in the country.
After tasting success with the Celerio diesel, Maruti Suzuki is reportedly planning to add diesel option to the WagonR hatchback. The diesel engine in question will be the same one that works in the Celerio diesel. The E08A 793cc, 2-cylinder diesel unit develops 47bhp and 125Nm of peak torque in the Celerio and the figures are expected to be identical in the WagonR. The Wagon R diesel is expected to be priced from Rs. 4.2 lakh upwards and at that price point it will be one of the cheapest diesel cars to be sold in India.