Maruti Suzuki India Limited has announced that they will be hiking their prices once again for all their vehicles. The new prices would come into effect from April 2021. The reasoning that the largest manufacturer has provided is the high input costs that are incurred for manufacturing the vehicles. The new prices are expected to be announced by Maruti Suzuki by the end of this month.
Before this, the prices were hiked at the starting of the year. The prices were increased by up to Rs. 34,000 depending on the vehicle and variant you opt for. However, Maruti Suzuki was not alone to increase the prices, almost all the automobile manufacturers increase their prices. This was done because of the higher input costs of production and for recovery because 2020 was not great for the automobile industry.
More recently, Maruti Suzuki launched the facelift version of the Swift. The changes are cosmetic as well as mechanical. It now comes with a new front bumper with a horizontal slat between the front grille which is also new and more aggressive. There are also some new features that have been added to the 2021 Swift. It now comes with cruise control which will aid the driver while driving on highways. It also gets auto-folding outside rearview mirrors as the mirrors themselves are now synced with the key fob. There is also a new multi-coloured multi-information display that replaced the old monochrome one. The new one shows more information to the driver and is also more visible. If you opt for the AMT gearbox variants then you will also get the Electronic Stability Program and Hill Hold Assist as standard.
Then there is the highlight of the update. The 2021 Swift now comes with a DualJet VVT petrol engine. It is still 1.2-litres but is more powerful and more efficient than the previous 1.2-litre unit. The new engine puts out 90 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 113 Nm. Whereas, the previous one offered 83 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. That is an increase of 7 PS over the previous one. The new engine is also offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The Swift starts from Rs. 5.73 lakhs ex-showroom.
Maruti Suzuki is currently working on 7 new models for the Indian market. The manufacturer is working on reintroducing the 1.5-litre diesel engine that was discontinued last year because of the BS6 emission norms. Maruti Suzuki is working on the engine to make it a BS6 complaint. The engine will be available with the Ertiga, XL6, Ciaz and the Vitara Brezza. It used to produce 93 bhp of max power and 225 Nm of peak torque. It was only offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine is expected to return by the end of 2021.
They are also working on a new generation of the Celerio. The new hatchback should get launched by the mid of May this year. You can read more about it by clicking here. They are also working on an all-new generation of Vitara Brezza which has been codenamed YXA. Then there will be the S-Cross replacement, which is currently being developed with Toyota. It has been codenamed YFG and is expected to get launched sometime by 2023. Toyota will also be using the rebadged version of the new vehicle. The last vehicle will be the XL5 that will be a more premium version of the WagonR and will be sold through the Nexa dealerships. The vehicles have already been spied on Indian roads.