Snapshot: This is part II of the interesting custom cars that Maruti Suzuki – India’s largest car maker – showcased at the recently concluded 2014 Auto Expo. From a jazzed up Swift to a butch Gypsy off roader, Maruti Suzuki had all bases covered. Here’s an overview of the seven other custom cars on display at the Maruti Suzuki pavilion in hall number 7.
The WagonR StingRay hatchback looks like a custom car even in stock guise, what with projector headlamps and a garish front grille. To customize this hatchback, Maruti Suzuki has added a sunroof, revised alloy wheels and a Heads Up Display based navigation system. The engine and transmission remain unchanged with the 1 liter K-Series petrol motor (67 Bhp-90 Nm) and a 5 speed manual gearbox being retained.
The utilitarian Eeco passenger and cargo van isn’t something that can be called aspirational. Even so, Maruti Suzuki has put in some effort to make the mundane, well more interesting. The van gets a revised front end, replete with a re-profiled bumper, and bumper and grille inserts. The other changes on the Eeco include blacked out wing mirrors and door handles, and alloy wheels. The Eeco is available in petrol, LPG and CNG guises, with a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine that outputs 73 Bhp-101 Nm. The rear wheel driven van gets a 5 speed manual gearbox.
The Gypsy is a made-to-order offroader that is highly acclaimed for its tough, off road appeal. Used mainly by the country’s military and law enforcement agencies, the Gypsy is not aimed at the passenger car segment. However, many heavily modified Gypsys continue to do rounds of Indian roads, either as city slickers or as genuine off roaders. One such concept was showcased at the Auto Expo, in the form of the Gypsy Escapade custom SUV, which featured taller tyres and butch body bits.
The Ritz, a tall boy hatchback in Maruti Suzuki’s line up, gets a swanky paint job that mixes white with blue. The car gets a new body kit with skirting all around. The headlamps now enclose projectors while the fog lamps inserts are new items. New alloy wheels and Blue ambient lighting on the interiors round off the changes on the Ritz Mobilo. The car is sold with 1.2 liter K-Series petrol and 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbo diesel engines.
India’s most popular B+ segment hatchback gets another makeover in the form of the Swift Volt. Showcased at the Auto Expo, the Swift Volt isn’t an electric or a hybrid car, but a modified version of the 1.2 liter K-Series petrol engined Swift hatchback. The car gets a contrast red roof, a zany paint job, racing seats, revised body work, new alloy wheels, re-imagined wing mirror, twin exhaust tips and projector headlamps with a smoked finish.
A popular MPV in India, the Ertiga took the Altair form at the Auto Expo. Armed with a body kit and new alloy wheels, the front of the Ertiga showed the most noticeable changes with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on the bumper. The MPV also featured chrome strips on its flanks while the rear saw the addition of reflectors, a-la-Honda Mobilio. Clearly, Maruti Suzuki is readying itself up for the challenge to be posed by the Honda MPV.
Although in line to be replaced by the YL1 sedan, the Maruti Suzuki SX4 hit the sport mode at the Auto Expo. In Sport trim, the SX4 looked rally ready with an attractive blue paint job and a yellow stripes to add some more character to the paint job. Yellow paint jobs for the disc brakes and a carbon fiber finish for the wing mirrors and door panels add to the racing theme. If Maruti Suzuki begins selling the SX4 with the body kit of the Sport edition, sales of the C-Segment sedan are bound to go up. On the inside, the car gets racing seats and harnesses.