Ready Reckoner: Upcoming launches from Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki, India’s No.1 car company has three new launches lined up in the next 12 months. This includes the second generation Swift small car in India, followed by the Maruti RIII MPV later this year and the Swift Dzire compact Sedan by 2012.

Here’s ready reckoner for what each of these vehicles will offer when they are launched.

Maruti Suzuki Swift

The new Swift is the most anticipated launch from Maruti Suzuki’s stable as the current Swift is a pioneer in the premium hatchback market despite many new models that have been launched.

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Photo: This is the new 2011 Swift Small car

The second-generation Swift, to be launched in a few months (the August launch is probably postponed due to the strike at the Maruti plant earlier this month), will be a cosmetic makeover and will sport bigger, upswept headlamps, a sporty front grill, a redesigned tail-lamp cluster, improved leg room etc. On the interior, expect the new Swift to be loaded with electrically adjustable side view mirrors, a redesigned central console and up-market plastics and upholstery.

Engine

Under the hood, the new Swift will have a re-engineered petrol motor that will produce around 90 bhp of maximum power, making it 5 bhp more powerful than the current model’s 1.2 litre K-series engine. The diesel version is expected to come with the same 1.3 litre DDiS engine that powers the current Swift diesel. This engine makes 75 bhp of max power.

Price and competition

The new Swift will be priced 5-7% (Rs. 26,000 approx) higher than the current models’ range that starts from Rs. 4.09 lakh and goes up to Rs. 5.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new Swift will compete with cars like the Ford Figo, Hyundai i20, Hyundai i10, Toyota Etios Liva, upcoming Honda Brio, Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and Tata Indica Vista.

To know more about the new Maruti Suzuki Swift, read: New Suzuki Swift launch in August 2011

Maruti Suzuki RIII MPV

Maruti Suzuki is developing an MPV based on the RIII concept that the company had showcased at the 2010 Delhi Auto Expo. Targeted to compete against the Toyota Innova and the Mahindra Xylo, the styling of the new MPV resembles the Maruti Ritz, especially at the front. The rear of the vehicle however sports a fresh design.

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Photo: This is the R III concept, the production version wil take cues from this model

The spy shots of the RIII MPV’s test mule suggest that the car will have three rows and will likely seat people in the 2 + 2 + 2 seating arrangement in the top-end ZDI variant. The middle row in lower variants such as the LDI and VDI will likely accommodate three people.

The top end variant of the RIII MPV might get steering mounted audio/phone control buttons and third row AC vents as well. The MPV will also have a luggage space bigger or similar to what the competition (Toyota Innova) offers.

Engine

The upcoming Maruti MPV will likely be powered by a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel motor that powers the SX4 diesel, producing 90 bhp of max power. When compared with rivals, the Mahindra Xylo, that has a 2.5 litre common-rail diesel engine that makes 112 bhp of max power and the Toyota Innova’s 2.5 litre diesel motor that produces 102 bhp of max power, the RIII MPV’s engine is likely to have an edge over the competition in providing better mileage.

Price and Competition

The new MPV from Maruti will likely be priced in the Rs. 7–11 lakh price range and will take on Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Tata Sumo Grande and Chevrolet Tavera in the MPV segment. Expect Maruti to launch the new MPV by December 2011 or it could also be unveiled at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.

To know more about the new Maruti Suzuki Swift read:Maruti Suzuki MPV spied

Maruti Swift Dzire Compact

The entry-level small sedans less than 4 meters in length is currently ruled only be one model, the Tata Indigo eCS. However, it will be soon joined by Maruti’s upcoming Swift Dzire compact sedan in late 2011 or early 2012.

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Photo: Maruti Suzuki Swfit Dzire Sedan

Maruti Suzuki is developing a compact version of the popular Swift Dzire sedan. The length of the compact version will be less than 4 meters, making it eligible for a lower excise duty of 10% excise duty (just like small cars.) However, the USP of the Swift Dzire compact will be the additional boot space which will attract buyers, especially those who frequently embark on long out-station drives.

Engine

The Dzire compact petrol will be powered by a 1.2 litre petrol motor that makes 84 bhp while the diesel version will be powered by a 1.3 litre DDiS motor that makes 75 bhp of max power.

Price and Competition

The Swift Dzire is likely to be priced Rs. 30,000– Rs 40,000 lower than the current Swift Dzire which starts from Rs. 4.94 lakh and goes up to 7.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The upcoming Swift Dzire compact will lock horns with the Tata Indigo eCS and the upcoming Mahindra Verito compact sedan. To read more, click here.