Faced with a slowdown in sales and mounting inventory levels, Maruti Suzuki and its dealers are finally offering discounts on previously un-discounted cars – the Swift, Baleno and Dzire. All three cars continue to be best sellers, and lead their respective segments. However, the last few months have not given these cars the sales boost Maruti has expected, leading to the discounts. These discounts are expected to boost sales during the crucial festive season – a time when car sales are at the highest levels during the year.
The petrol-powered Swift is selling at a discount of Rs. 40,000, which is split into two parts – a cash discount of Rs. 20,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs. 20,000. The diesel-powered variants get a slightly lower discount of Rs. 35,000, again split into a Rs. 15,000 cash discount and a Rs. 20,000 exchange bonus.
The Swift is available with 2 engines – a 1.2 litre K-Series petrol engine with 82 Bhp-113 Nm, and a 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel with 74 Bhp-190 Nm. Both engines get 5 speed manual and AMT options. The Swift is based on the HEARTECT platform.
The Baleno – India’s best-selling premium hatchback – is now available at a discount of Rs. 22,000. This discount is common across the petrol and diesel engined variants of the car. The discount is split into a Rs. 7,000 cash discount and a Rs. 15,000 exchange bonus.
While the Baleno shares its engines with the Swift, it also gets a more powerful motor – a 1 litre-3 cylinder turbocharged unit with 101 Bhp-150 Nm. This engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox, and is sold with the RS variant of the car. The naturally aspirated 1.2 litre K-Series motor gets a CVT automatic gearbox option.
The Dzire gets discounts of Rs. 40,000 on both the petrol and diesel models but the splits are different. On the petrol, the car is available with a cash discount of Rs. 20,000 and an exchange bonus of Rs. 20,000. The diesel variants get a Rs. 10,000 cash discount and a Rs. 30,000 exchange bonus. The Dzire shares its engines and gearboxes with the Swift.