Snapshot – Maruti Suzuki is gunning 2 million vehicles in domestic sales by the year 2020. To power the aggressive sales target, India’s largest car maker will venture into commercial vehicles and even hybrid cars. Details on Maruti Suzuki’s product blitz over the next five years are becoming more apparent. CarToq brings you 12 upcoming vehicles from Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki is busy testing the S-Cross in and around the National Capital Region, ahead of the crossover’s launch early next year. Showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the S-Cross crossover will be priced under the 10 lakh rupees mark and will compete with the likes of the Renault Duster and the upcoming Hyundai iX25 SUVs. The S-Cross is a five seater and will get petrol and turbo diesel engine options. A CNG option may also be added in the times to come. We expect Maruti Suzuki to sell the S-Cross in front wheel drive guise in India, even though the crossover does get an all wheel drive option in Europe.
YRA Premium Hatchback
The Hyundai i20 Elite and the upcoming Honda Jazz are expected to get new competition next year, in the form of the Maruti Suzuki YRA premium hatchback. The YRA will be Maruti Suzuki’s most expensive hatchback sold in India and will be positioned above the Swift in terms of pricing. Expect plenty of features and creature comforts on the YRA considering the fact that the hatchback will operate in a segment where most cars are either loaded with features of loaded with performance. Suzuki’s new turbo petrol engines with direct injection could fine use in the YRA. The turbo diesel engine line up will either be picked from Fiat’s Multijet range of from Suzuki’s under-development range of small capacity diesels.
Y9T Pick Up Truck and Luggage Van
The Y9T code-named pick up truck will be Maruti Suzuki’s passport into the Indian commercial vehicle segment. The pick up truck that will be aimed squarely at market leader Tata Ace, will get CNG and Diesel engine options. Testing of the Y9T is on at full swing and a phased market launch is expected to happen next year. Maruti Suzuki will also launch a luggage van based on the Y9T’s underpinnings. The automaker will delineate its passenger and commercial vehicles by selling the Y9T pick up truck and luggage van through standalone dealerships that are independent from Maruti Suzuki car dealerships.
XA Alpha Compact SUV
The XA Alpha compact SUV, which made its debut at the 2010 Indian Auto Expo, will hit production in 2016. The XA Alpha will use Maruti Suzuki’s new 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine that is currently under development at Suzuki, Japan. The XA Alpha will be a sub-4 meter vehicle that will also double up as Maruti Suzuki’s least priced entry into the compact SUV territory in India. The XA Alpha will gun for the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra S102. Expect a sub-7 lakh rupee starting price for the XA Alpha.
Suzuki is displaying the 2015 Vitara SUV at the ongoing Paris Motor Show. This SUV will arrive in India during 2018, as a bridge model that will sit in between the S-Cross and the larger, Grand Vitara. The 5 seat Vitara has the potential to be Maruti Suzuki’s answer to the Mahindra XUV500. 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines are on offer in the 2015 Vitara. The India-spec model is likely to be the facelifted version of the SUV given the fact that the Vitara will make its Indian debut only in 2018.
Celerio Diesel Hatchback
The Celerio Diesel, which will be launched in India next year, promises to be a bold move from Maruti Suzuki. The Celerio Diesel will be the smallest diesel engined car that the country has seen, with a 792 cc turbo diesel engine that uses a twin cylinder layout. The Celerio Diesel could also be the most fuel efficient car sold in India, what with industry sources suggesting a 30 Kmpl mileage figure for the hatchback. The Celerio Diesel will be the least priced diesel car in Maruti Suzuki’s range. If the Celerio Diesel hits bulls eye, small diesels could take off in a big way in India.
WagonR Diesel Hatchback
The WagonR will also use the 792 cc turbo diesel engine that Maruti Suzuki will first deploy on the Celerio. The turbodiesel engine powered WagonR will be packaged as a blend of practicality and frugality. A 40 Bhp peak power output is likely for the small capacity, twin cylinder turbo diesel engine powering the WagonR. Like on most small capacity diesel engines, outright performance will be relegated to the background while fuel efficiency will come to the foreground. The WagonR Diesel could see a launch either next year or in early 2016.
3rd Generation Swift Hatchback
2017 is when the 2nd generation Swift hatchback would have completed about 6 years of existence. Therefore, the year 2017 is about the right time for Maruti Suzuki to slip in a Swift successor. A new platform, a new range of engines and a completely revised design are the three changes that are likely to happen to the Swift successor. An extremely successful brand for Maruti Suzuki in India, the Swift nameplate is likely to live on, in a car that is both larger and more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. Hybrid options are also likely for the 2017, 3rd generation Swift hatchback.
2nd Generation Ritz
Like the Swift, the Maruti Suzuki Ritz, also known as the Suzuki Splash, made its debut in India during 2009. The car is due for a generation change sometime next year, when it would have completed over 6 years of existence globally as international received the Splash in 2008. The Ritz is a tall-boy B+ segment hatchback and the incoming model is expected to carry on the Ritz’s traditional strengths. Like the 3rd generation Swift, the 2nd generation Ritz is expected to get a new engine line up while hybrid options are expected to be in the pipeline for the future.
3rd Generation Dzire compact sedan
The Dzire is essentially a compact sedan version of the Swift. With the Swift heading for a generational change in 2017, the Dzire is likely to follow a year later. Like the Swift, the Dzire is in its second generation currently. The 3rd generation of the Dzire is expected to gain additional features, and new turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. The car’s looks may also mimic those of the 3rd generation Swift from up front while the rear will get a new design, as is the case with the current model. A best seller for Maruti Suzuki, the Dzire is expected to get a thorough once over to help it retain its edge at the hustings.
New Entry Level Small Car
Maruti Suzuki is said to be considering a new, entry level small car on the lines of the Alto 800. While details of the new small car are proving hard to get, the move seems to be Maruti Suzuki’s answer to the new crop of budget hatchbacks that Honda, Renault and Datsun have lined up for India. Expect more details about Maruti Suzuki’s budget hatchback plans to be revealed in the times to come.
MPV sitting above the Ertiga
With the Innova getting pricier each passing year, the opportunity and space above the Ertiga for Maruti Suzuki to slip in a larger MPV is getting larger. Maruti Suzuki is said to be developing a new MPV that will sit above the Ertiga in terms of price and positioning. The new MPV is likely to be a full sized model, seating seven adults. The new crop of turbo diesel engines that Suzuki is developing for deployment in a range of cars could make it to the new MPV as well. A time line for the new Maruti Suzuki MPV’s launch remains unclear for now.