Maruti Suzuki is working on a slew of new launches for the Indian market. One such vehicle that the manufacturer is working on is the new generation of Vitara. Recently, the 4th generation of Vitara was spotted on a flatbed truck near the Maruti Suzuki factory located in Gurugram. The SUV could have been brought to India for doing component testing for the upcoming 5th generation Vitara which is currently under development.
The fourth-generation Vitara measures 4,175 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and has a height of 1,610 mm. The new generation is expected to grow in dimensions. It is expected to be 4,200 mm in length, 1,780 mm in width and 1,620 in height. The wheelbase is expected to stay the same at 2,500 mm. Suzuki will work on improving the platform.
The Vitara is sold with a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that Suzuki calls BoosterJet. The engine produces 129 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 235 Nm. This is the same engine that is doing duty on the Swift Sport which is sold in the international markets and the upcoming 5-door Jimny is also expected to use the same engine.
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The engine comes with mild-hybrid technology to boost fuel economy and save some fuel. Suzuki offers the Vitara with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The new SUV that is currently in development will be competing against other mid-size SUVs such as Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Skoda Kushaq and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun.
Maruti Suzuki working on new models
India’s biggest automobile manufacturer is gearing up for new launches. They will first launch the new generation of Celerio. It is expected to get unveiled during the festive season. It will be replacing the current Celerio which has now started to show its age when compared to the competitors.
The new generation of Celerio will have an all-new design that will look much more modern than the current Celerio which still uses a tall boy design. It will have a sleeker and curvy design. Some of the design elements will resemble the Swift and the current generation of Baleno.
Speaking of Baleno, Maruti Suzuki is working on a new generation of the Baleno too. It was spotted recently parked alongside the current Baleno. The vehicle was wearing heavy camouflage so the details are limited. We do know that it will get a sleeker set of headlamps and tail lamps. Both of them will be LED units and the interior is expected to have a digital instrument cluster and floating touchscreen infotainment system. There will also be a new grille that looked similar to the one found on the new-gen Celerio. Mechanically, it will stay the same.
Other vehicles, that the manufacturer is working on is an all-new Vitara Brezza, a 5-door version of the Jimny, a Baleno based compact SUV and an S-Cross replacement. Maruti Suzuki is also working on bringing back the 1.5-litre diesel engine which got discontinued because of the BS6 emission norms. Also, they will soon be launching the factory-fitted CNG versions of the Vitara Brezza, Dzire and Swift.
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