Maruti Suzuki has recently introduced an electronic stability program (ESP) as a standard safety feature across its entire range of models. The introduction of this new feature is in compliance with the BS6 stage-II real driving emission norms, effective from April 1, 2023. Maruti Suzuki models now offer enhanced traction while accelerating and braking, with the inclusion of this safety feature.
Previously, all Maruti Suzuki models had standard safety features like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors, and warning chimes for front seat belts and speed limits. However, the ESP has now been added as a standard feature to further improve safety.
The introduction of electronic stability program in Maruti Suzuki cars and UVs happened in phases, with premium offerings from both Arena and Nexa channels being equipped with the feature first. Newer offerings, such as Brezza, Grand Vitara, and the recently-launched Fronx, already have this safety feature as standard.
Apart from the ESP, Maruti Suzuki has also added an enhanced onboard diagnostics system (OBD-II) for monitoring real-time emission levels. This feature helps owners detect any possible malfunction in the powertrain of the car.
Maruti Suzuki has recently expanded its lineup of SUVs and premium offerings with the launch of the Fronx, based on the Baleno premium hatchback. The new SUV is available with both 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine options, and will compete with other similar rivals like the Tata Nexon and Renault Kiger.
Maruti Suzuki to soon launch Jimny
Maruti Suzuki is also set to launch the highly-anticipated Jimny off-roader compact SUV, which will be sold through NEXA outlets and available solely with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine and AllGrip four-wheel-drive system.
As Maruti Suzuki adds new SUVs to its lineup, it has also discontinued the popular but ageing Alto due to declining sales and the high costs involved in upgrading the old-generation 800cc three-cylinder petrol engine to meet the new emission norms. As a result, the Alto K10 is now the most affordable car from Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki recently announced the prices of its new Fronx sub-compact SUV after three months of unveiling. The starting price of the Fronx is Rs 7,46,500 lakh, while the top-spec variant is priced at Rs 13,13,500 lakh. The SUV is offered with two engine options, a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.