Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker, is getting ready to unveil a dizzying array of new products and new variants of its existing models in India. The company, which enjoyed healthy sales in 2014, plans to launch around nine models in 2015 as it looks forward to tap new volumes in fresh segments.
The year will begin with the company's much awaited Swift Dzire facelift in February and will be followed up with the diesel model of Maruti's radical offering in the country Celerio, reported Business Standard.
Also on the card is Maruti's new crossover SX4 S-Cross and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Super Carry, which are slated for May debut. This year, Maruti has two premium hatchbacks namely YRA and Swift AMT diesel on the launch pad, but the auto-lovers will have to wait for the festive season for the arrival of these two models. Going by the report, the AMT model of Swift hatchback and YRA are expected in October and November respectively.
Besides this, Maruti Ritz, a product in the B-Segment, is also getting ready to receive a makeover in the form of facelift. The Ritz facelift is likely to end the innings.
Swift Dzire facelift
Maruti Dzire facelift, a rival to Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest in India is likely to carry over the same engine-line up of the existing model 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre multijet diesel mills.
The changes expected include redesigned headlamps, single chrome slat on the grille, chrome fog lamp inserts and new alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the model is expected to get a makeover and the feature list is likely to include electrically adjustable wing mirrors, new upholstery, push start/stop button and six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and iPod compatibility music system.
Maruti Celerio has been a runaway success in the domestic market and now the model is set to get a diesel version in the country. Under the hood, the diesel model of Maruti's first AMT offering Celerio is likely to get the company's indigenously developed 2 pot 800cc diesel motor, which can churn out a power of 45-50bhp and peak toque of 120-130Nm with a fuel efficiency of 30kmpl. As for the design and features, Celerio diesel will be just the same as the current model and is likely to be priced around ₹4.7 lakh. When launched, the car will rival Chevrolet Beat and the Ford Figo in India.
SX S-Cross, a model based on Suzuki SX4 platform, is likely to bear the the same style and design of its European counterpart, except minor modifications like chrome trimming. As for the engine, the Indian-bound version of the car is likely to be powered by 1.6-litre diesel engine, which can churn out a power of 118bhp with a peak torque of 32kgm and the transmission is likely to come from a six-speed manual gearbox. There have also been rumours that 1.4-litre K-Series petrol engine is also likely to be featured in the India-bound version.
Super Carry, Maruti's first LCV designed to rival Tata Ace and Mahindra Maxximo LCV, is likely to include company's self developed 800cc, two-cylinder diesel engine, which will also power the company's upcoming Celerio diesel. We also hear that the company will be introducing a CNG version of the same model later in the year.
The modifications expected include new front bumper with re-worked headlights and chrome touch. At the back, the Ertiga facelift is likely to get minimal changes.
Under the hood, Ertiga facelift is likely to carry over from the current model-1.4-litre four-cylinder K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre, four-cylinder, Multijet, turbo-charged diesel engines, may be with a minor tweak in the engine to deliver better performance. The current versions of Ertiga offer a fuel efficiency of 16.02 kmpl (petrol) and 20.77 kmpl (diesel).
Maruti YRA, a car set to sit above the company's popular Swift hatchback, is likely to get power from 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines. In Europe, the car is likely to get 1.4 litre petrol motor. It is expected to pack features like chrome door handles, five-spoke alloy wheels, rear wiper and de-fogger. Other features include steering mounted controls, new music system with touchscreen, engine start stop button, electrically adjustable OVRMs and reverse parking sensors.
|Swift Dzire facelift||February|
|Swift AMT Diesel||November|