Maruti Suzuki has already launched the all-new 2018 Swift in India, which has become a huge hit in the market. India’s largest automaker will launch three more cars by the end of this year. Of these, two cars will be all-new models while one will be a mid-life facelift. Here are the details.
The facelifted Ciaz is around the corner, with a launch slated for August 2018. The car will get revised styling at the front and rear, but changes will not be very pronounced given the fact that it’s a mid-life makeover we’re talking about. The Ciaz will get fresher interiors as well, with additional features.
The more significant changes will be on the mechanical front. The sedan will get more powerful, with a 1.5-litre K- Series petrol engine with 106 PS and 138 Nm replacing the 1.4-litre K-Series unit. 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered with the petrol engine.
The diesel engine of the facelifted Ciaz will also be an all-new item, in this case a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit developed in-house by Suzuki. The new diesel motor will replace the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet engine, and is likely to be offered only with a manual gearbox for now. The facelifted Ciaz is likely to continue being sold at similar prices as the current model.
Maruti Suzuki is also lining up the all-new Ertiga MPV for the Indian market. The new Ertiga will use the HEARTECT platform and gets a brand new design that makes it look premium, and more mature, if you will. The MPV also gets larger dimensions, both on the outside and inside.
The interiors get a fresh, new look, which is par for the course considering that the new Ertiga is a second generation model. ABS and twin airbags will be standard, and so will reverse parking sensors. The new MPV will also get a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine borrowed from the Ciaz Facelift.
Details of the diesel engine on the new Ertiga are not known for now. It’s speculated that the facelifted Ciaz’s new diesel engine would be used by the all-new MPV as well. For now, we do know that the Ertiga will be launched in India during the festive season, which means it’s less than a few months away.
By the end of this year, Maruti will replace the WagonR tall-boy hatchback with an all-new model. The new WagonR is likely to have the same design of the JDM-spec model but could use the same mechanicals as the current model. This means that the 1-litre K-Series engine will be retained as is, with 67 Bhp-90 Nm outputs.
This engine is expected to be offered in petrol, petrol-CNG and petrol-LPG fuel options, making the WagonR a very versatile car. The new WagonR will get safer, with twin airbags and ABS as standard across the model line-up. Other changes include new interiors, features and a more advanced infotainment system.
As for pricing, the WagonR will continue to start from a little over Rs. 4 lakhs, making it an entry-level hatchback for those seeking reliability and practicality. The new car is expected to be more spacious than the outgoing model, with better pick-up and fuel efficiency thanks to a reduced kerb weight.