Snapshot: From booking the very first slot at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo to showcasing future launches such as the Sx4 Cross and the Ciaz concept sedan, the country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki led the charge with an array of interesting custom variants of its existing range of cars. CarToq has put together a comprehensive list of interesting Maruti Suzuki custom cars showcased at the Auto Expo in two parts. Here’s Part I.
Maruti Omni Cafe
The versatile Maruti Omni passenger van can be spotted on Indian roads doing a multitude of things, from ferrying people to produce; from doubling up as a food van to a mobile stall on wheels. On a similar note, Maruti Suzuki showcased the Omni Cafe concept at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Cafe variant of the van gets a zany paint job and modified interiors. The interiors of the Omni Cafe house a multipurpose kitchen and a sliding, second row seats. The van retains its 796 cc, triple cylinder petrol engine that outputs 33 Bhp-57 Nm and a 4 speed manual gearbox that drives the Omni’s rear wheels.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 Browzer
Maruti Suzuki’s best selling car, the Alto 800 Browzer gets a funky new paint job with blue and white shades. The car also gets stickers on its flanks while the alloy wheels are new items as well. Apart from this cosmetic makeover, the Browzer edition of the Alto 800 is not too different from the stock model that’s sold in Maruti showrooms across India. The engine is a 796cc, 47 Bhp-69 Nm item that is paired with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Expect the Alto 800 Browzer edition to make it to showrooms as a special edition model given the minimal changes.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Krescendo
Time and again, Maruti Suzuki launches Music Editions of the Alto K10. The latest one in this series is the Krescendo edition of the car. Showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Krescendo edition of the Alto K10 is powered by the same 1 liter K-Series petrol engine (67 Bhp-90 Nm) that is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car comes with a big dollop of stickers and orange highlights. The Krescendo Edition also gets new bumper inserts and revised alloy wheels.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR Xrest
The Xrest edition of the Maruti WagonR gets body cladding on the flanks and a revised bumper up front. The alloy wheels see a revision while the interiors see a spruce up in the form on leather seats. The WagonR Xrest is powered by a 1 liter K-Series engine that can be specified in petrol, petrol-LPG and petrol-LPG options. The car’s tall boy design and easy ingress-egress make it favoured among the older lot.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport
The Swift Sport isn’t new. This car has been showcased at many motor shows across the world and is even on sale in many parts of the world. Although the Swift is a best seller in the B+ segment and commands a big fan following in India, Maruti Suzuki has never really gotten around to launch a sporty version of this car here. The Swift Sport features a 1.6 liter petrol engine good for 133 Bhp. The other sporty bit on the car is the sports suspension up front. A yellow paint job, projector headlamps, red stitching on the upholstery, cruise control, USB-iPod integration and Bluetooth controls on the steering wheels are the other interesting features on the Swift Sport.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Opula
India’s best selling sedan in the compact class gets a dose of opulence in the form of the Opula Edition. The new version of the Swift Dzire gets a host of changes in the form of chromed bits up front, a new grille, cladding for the wheel arches, underbody chrome skirting, chromed wing mirror housings, projector headlamps and a rear spoiler. The engine and gearboes on offer remain unchanged. 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel motors are standard. The petrol motor gets 4 speed automatic and 5 speed manual gearbox options while the diesel motor makes do with a solitary 5 speed manual.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara Luxion
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara doesn’t sell much in India and is a made-to-order model. However, this hasn’t stopped Maruti from showcasing a luxury encased version of the car in the form of the Luxion edition at the Auto Expo. The Luxion variant of the Grand Vitara SUV gets leather seats on the inside. On the outside, chromed bits are served up across the bodywork while the front grille and bumper see a redesign. The Luxion edition of the SUV also gets a rear bumper insert, new alloy wheels and day time running LEDs. The 2.4 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine with a 164 Bhp-225 Nm output is retained.
Want to see the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross Crossover and the Ciaz Sedan Concept on video? Here’s CarToq’s video coverage.