Snapshot – 2014 was a tough year for the Indian car industry as a whole, with sales failing to show a decent spurt. Not so for Maruti Suzuki, which continued to register good sales all through the year, going on to boost its market share to more than 40 %. India’s largest car maker is not done yet. 2015 will see Maruti Suzuki unleash another launch blitz with 7 new offerings in the passenger car segment. From new variants to all-new cars, Maruti Suzuki will have 2015 covered. CarToq gives you a brief of what’s coming.
The S-Cross crossover will be Maruti Suzuki’s maiden foray into India’s fast growing compact SUV segment. The S-Cross measures over 4 meters in length, and hence will fall out of the sub-4 meter excise cut bracket. With that, Maruti Suzuki is expected to go all out with the S-Cross, gunning for the likes of the Renault Duster and probably even the lower variants of the Mahindra XUV500. The S-Cross is expected to be sold with 1.6 liter naturally aspirated petrol and turbo diesel engines. Six speed manual gearboxes will be standard while a CVT automatic could be a part of the equation for the petrol engined model. Expect prices to start at around the 8 lakh rupee mark.
Dzire Compact Sedan Facelift
Launched in 2012, new competition in the compact sedan space has done little to halt the Dzire’s sales juggernaut. 2015 will see another rash of compact sedans making an entry into India and Maruti Suzuki will slip in a refresh to ensure that the Dzire holds its ground. The mildly facelifted Dzire is expected to be launched in the early part of the year, with engines and transmissions unchanged. The facelift will be a mild one, like the one that the Swift hatchback recently received. Additional features will make the Dzire a more formidable car in its segment. Prices are likely to go up by 10-20 thousand rupees.
WagonR StingRay AMT Hatchback
The WagonR tall-boy hatchback is a massive hit as far as Maruti Suzuki is concerned. However, the sharper StingRay variant of the hatchback is a sales dud and Maruti Suzuki plans to revive the car with the automated manual transmission. The AMT equipped StingRay hatchback will be launched next year. The AMT equipped car is expected to cost about 40,000 rupees higher than the manual geared variant. The 1 liter-3 cylinder K-Series petrol engine will remain untouched. The StingRay AMT will be the third AMT equipped car from Maruti Suzuki for the Indian car market.
Ertiga MPV Facelift
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will receive a minor makeover next year. Launched in 2012, the Ertiga has been one of the best sellers in India’s MPV segment. The facelifted model will feature minor changes at the front and the rear. The interiors could gain a feature or two. While the 1.4 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Multijet turbo diesel engines will continue to power the MPV, Maruti Suzuki could introduce a 4 speed automatic gearbox on the petrol powered model as the major mechanical change in the facelifted model. Prices are likely to be unchanged.
Ciaz Sport Sedan
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sedan has done well in the first two months of its launch in India. Representative of Maruti Suzuki’s premium push, the car will get a sportier variant next year in the form of the Sport body kit equipped version. The Sport body kit is expected to transform the Ciaz’s looks and infuse a sense of sportiness into the car. Engines and transmissions wise, the Ciaz Sport will remain bog similar to the car that is on sale currently. The Ciaz Sport will be aimed at the top-end variants of the Honda City and the upcoming Hyundai Verna Facelift. The car could command a slight premium over the top-end variants.
Celerio Diesel Hatchback
The Celerio will go diesel next year, becoming the country’s first twin cylinder turbo diesel car. The diesel powered Celerio is a bold experiment of sorts. The car is meant to guage whether small capacity turbo diesel engined hatchbacks find enough takers in a fuel efficiency crazy country. If the Celerio Diesel proves to be a hit, a deluge of budget hatchbacks from Maruti Suzuki could jump to diesel power. The Celerio Diesel will use a 792cc, twin cylinder turbo diesel engine with about 40 Bhp of peak power and 120 Nm of peak torque. Expect a starting price close to the 4.5 lakh rupee mark.
YRA B+ Hatchback
Hyundai’s mammoth success with the i20 Elite premium hatchback has proven to automakers that there indeed exists a large market for premium hatchbacks in India. Maruti Suzuki will seek to capitalize on this potential by the end of next year, when it launches the YRA B+ segment hatchback. The YRA will sit above the Swift in terms of price and positioning. The car will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel power. One of the most spacious hatchbacks that Maruti Suzuki has ever sold in India, everything about the YRA will play the premium tune. A price tag less than 5 lakh rupees is where the YRA is likely to start from.