Maruti Suzuki is set to launch the Carry based Y9T pick up truck next year. For the first time ever, the Tata Ace-Mahindra Maxximo rival has been spotted doing the testing rounds without any camouflage. The Y9T pick up truck will feature the first twin cylinder turbo diesel engine that Maruti Suzuki has developed in association with Suzuki of Japan. Petrol and CNG versions of the Y9T pick up truck will also be sold in India. The interesting aspect of the 792 cc turbo diesel engine is that it could also be used on Maruti Suzuki small cars such as the Celerio and the WagonR.
In fact, Maruti Suzuki has already begun testing a Celerio with the said turbo diesel engine. However, the spy video clearly indicates that there remains to be a lot of work pending on the Celerio Diesel, especially in terms of getting the noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) figures to levels acceptable to a passenger car buyer. Coming back to the Y9T, the pick up truck will mark Maruti Suzuki’s entry into the India’s ultra competitive commercial vehicle (CV) segment, which is currently led by Tata Motors.
As of now, it remains unclear as to whether Maruti Suzuki will sell the Y9T through its car dealerships, or whether it would take an approach similar to Ashok Leyland, and establish independent dealerships for its small commercial vehicle range. The mini pick up truck segment has witnessing steady growth over the past few years, and with the Y9T pick up truck, Maruti Suzuki plans to capitalize on this factor. Mini pick up trucks, owing to their compact dimensions and sub-1 ton payload capacities, are vital cogs in India’s last mile transport.
With the country industrializing rapidly, the demand for mini pick up trucks is only set to grow further. Other new competitors in this space could include Daimler, led by BharatBenz in India, and Indian CV Maker Eicher, in collaboration with Swedish CV giant Volvo.
Spyshots courtesy GaadiWaadi