Snapshot – Maruti Suzuki has lined up 9 new and refreshed vehicles for the Indian market this year. Of these, one vehicle launch will involve the automaker’s entry into a brand new vertical, commercial vehicles in this case. The other 8 vehicles will include all-new cars, an SUV and many refreshed models from the automaker’s current crop of offerings. CarToq will quickly take you through the 8 new vehicles from Maruti Suzuki, along with their launch timeframes.
Dzire Facelift – February
Uncamouflaged images of the facelifted Dzire sedan have already been leaked and it is only a matter of time before the car makes its debut in India. The compact sedan will gain minor cosmetic revisions and additional features. Most of the new features were first introduced in the facelifted Swift hatchback, which was launched a few months ago. The Dzire with the makeover will see a minor price increase. The facelift comes at a time when the competition in the compact sedan category is at an all time high.
Celerio Diesel – April
The diesel powered Celerio promises to be India’s most fuel efficient car with a 30 Kmpl mileage rating. The car will also feature India’s smallest diesel motor. From the looks of it, the Celerio iteration running on the sticky stuff could also be the least priced diesel car in the country. Well, that’s plenty of street cred for a car that will use a twin pot turbo diesel motor that is actually borrowed from the Y9T pick up truck. The car will use a 5 speed manual gearbox and here are a few additional details.
S-Cross Crossover – May
After the demise of the Grand Vitara, Maruti Suzuki finds itself with no real SUV offering to speak of in India, with the Gypsy mainly deployed to cater to paramilitary forces. The S-Cross will be the automaker’s new entry into the premium crossover segment. Likely to be pegged at prices that rival the top-end variants of the Renault Duster and the entry level Mahindra XUV500, the S-Cross is expected to pack 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines. While front wheel drive is standard, an all wheel drive system could also be offered.
Ertiga Facelift – June
Like the Dzire, the Ertiga will also receive a mild facelift by the middle of this year. The front end will see bumper and grille revisions while the rear is also expected to see a bumper tweak.The Engines and transmissions of the MPV will be unchanged while an AMT option could be offered in the times to come. The Ertiga is a top-selling vehicle in its category, which is about to see the entry of the Renault Lodgy. The facelift comes nearly three years after Maruti Suzuki launched the Ertiga here.
Eeco Facelift – September
The Eeco is turning out to be the mainstay of the cab segment in India. Since only a small proportion of family car buyers do opt for this passenger van, the facelift is expected to largely consist of functional changes that will focus on implementing customer feedback. The Eeco is available with petrol, LPG and CNG fuel options powering its mid-mounted 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol motor that drives the van’s rear wheels. Expect minor cosmetic changes to go with the facelift.
Swift AMT – October
The Swift is expected to be one of the two AMT equipped diesel hatchbacks that will make their debut in India this year, the other being the Tata Bolt. A 5 speed AMT option for one of the best selling Maruti Suzuki is expected to open up a new segment of buyers for the car. Only the VDi trim of the hatchback is likely to get the AMT option, considering the extra cost such a feature brings to the table. The car’s 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel motor will not get any power and torque changes.
YRA Premium Hatchback – November
The YRA premium B+ segment hatchback will be Maruti Suzuki’s first entry to this promising segment, in which the Hyundai i20 Elite is going great guns. The YRA code-named car will square off against the Hyundai and the upcoming Honda Jazz. The Maruti Suzuki hatchback will use petrol and diesel engines. Premium fit and finish levels, and generous equipment will be offered. Expect prices to start from near the 5 lakh rupee mark for the petrol variant and about 6 lakh rupees for the diesel powered model.
Ritz Facelift – December
The Ritz’s last facelift came in 2012, and the time is now right for Maruti to give the tall-boy B segmenter a decent end-of-life-cycle makeover. Extensive changes may not be on the cards considering the diminishing returns that the car is bound to deliver as it goes into the sunset. A facelift in the mould of that of the Dzire and Ertiga is likely. Other details about this car remain unknown for now. Though not big seller, the Ritz does have its advantages that suit the elderly and infirm, and this is reason enough for Maruti Suzuki to continue selling this car in India.