Maruti Suzuki SX4 diesel, which was launched in February this year, has already received an overwhelming 5,000 bookings – 3,000 more than what the company was expecting. Shashank Srivastava, chief general manager, marketing, Maruti Suzuki India, is reported to have said, “We have received an overwhelming response for the SX4 diesel. Our target was 2,000 units per month but with this kind of response, we will have to work harder to cater to the demand.”
Maruti Suzuki is likely to increase production of its cars by opening a new plant which is simply an extension of its existing Manesar plant. The ‘new’ plant will have a production capacity of 2.5 lakh units per year. Currently, the company’s plants in Gurgaon and Manesar (two plants), dish out 12 lakh cars per annum. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Kizashi bookings surpass expectations
Currently, Maruti Suzuki’s hottest selling models such as the Maruti Swift and the Swift Dzire (especially the diesel) variants demand a waiting period of more than a month. Last year, Maruti announced that it will set up stock yards across the country that will act as storage banks containing 15 – 20 days worth car stocks and reduce the delivery period of its cars in neighboring localities. One such stock yard is being built near Bangalore and there are plans to build more such units in other parts of the country. Hoeverm there is further update available on the progress of the Bangalore stock yard.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 diesel – price and engine specs
Maruti Suzuki had launched the SX4 diesel on February 22, 2011. Available in two variants, the SX4 VDi is priced at Rs. 7.74 lakh and the top-end SX4 ZDi is priced at Rs. 8.62 lakh. The prices are introductory (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car looks identical to the SX4 petrol variant except for the DDiS and VDi, ZDi badges.
The SX4 diesel is powered by a 1.3-litre, 16 V, DOHC, DDiS engine dubbed as the ‘Super Turbo engine” with VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) technology that produces 90 PS of maximum power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of maximum torque at 1,750 rpm. Also read: Maruti Suzuki SX4 diesel road test