Apart from the launch of the all-new second-generation Celerio, Maruti Suzuki had a tough 2021. The carmaker witnessed its market share falling to 44.7 percent due to production constraints because of a shortage of semiconductor chips and growing competition in the premium compact segments.
However, Maruti Suzuki is all set to make its presence in the premium compact segments by launching not one, not two, but three all-new SUVs, which will help it to regain its lost ground. Here are the details of all the three new SUVs from Maruti Suzuki slated to launch in 2022:
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Maruti Suzuki Brezza
The first all-new SUV to arrive in India from Maruti Suzuki is the all-new Brezza. And yes, we have deliberately missed writing the “Vitara” prefix, as the second generation version of the SUV will only be called “Brezza”.
The first set of spy pictures is already floating in the web world, which indicates that the new Maruti Suzuki Brezza is a radical departure over the current-gen Vitara Brezza in terms of looks. While the design is much sharper, it continues to retain an upright stance. It will also be equipped with new-gen features like a sunroof, wireless charger, and built-in telematics system.
While the new Maruti Suzuki Brezza will have a refreshing visual appeal in and out, it is going to be the same car under the skin. The new Brezza will retain its Global C platform and the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated petrol engine. Like now, the engine will be offered with both manual and automatic gearbox options and will feature Maruti Suzuki’s “Smart Hybrid” system.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
The S-Cross hasn’t been that great volume seller as the carmaker had expected in the very first place. While the midlife facelift did add in some numbers, those were not enough to dethrone the Hyundai Creta from its number-one position.
However, the global markets have already got an all-new generation model of the S-Cross, which is likely to arrive in India in the second half of 2022. The all-new exterior design certainly makes it look more butch and aggressive, even though it still retains the dimensions and crossover-ish stance. On the inside too, the cabin has been completely revamped with new features, including a bigger touchscreen infotainment system and dual-zone automatic climate control.
For the Indian car market, Maruti Suzuki is expected to stick to the refined and economic 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine of the current-gen model. As in the Brezza, the engine will continue featuring a “Smart Hybrid” system and will be available with both manual and torque converter options.
Maruti Suzuki Jimny
The most anticipated compact SUVs in recent times, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will finally arrive sometime in 2022. In a dealer conference in 2021 end organized by Maruti Suzuki, the carmaker itself confirmed that it is bringing a lifestyle off-roader in the compact SUV space to rival the Mahindra Thar. In all likelihood, this SUV is going to be Jimny, however, it is not clear that it will arrive in a three-door or five-door version.
The Jimny has made a huge fan base for itself, by being a hugely capable compact off-roader. While the equipment levels will cover only the essentials like projector headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system, and push-button start, the star highlight of the package is going to be its capable four-wheel-drive system.
Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Jimny will get the same 1.5-liter petrol engine with both the options of manual and automatic gearbox and “Smart Hybrid” system, like in the Brezza and S-Cross. In all likelihood, it is expected to go on sale through NEXA outlets.
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