The year 2015 seems to be quite an important year for Maruti Suzuki. All the while, the company had been preparing itself for this great year in an attempt to expand its portfolio. And now, all that hard work has been giving fruitful results as Maruti Suzuki is all set for ten major launches of the year.
Maruti SX4 S-Cross
It was expected that the S-Cross SX4 would be launched in January 2015, but the company has decided to increase the anticipation for this crossover, and it would be launched in the second quarter of the year.
The S-Cross SX4 unveiled at the Delhi Motor Show in 2014, and the company revealed that this crossover would be priced in the Rs 8-12 lakh range. This crossover would be pitted amongst the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Elite i20 Cross (to be launched soon) and others in the league.
This crossover is built very much in resemblance with the European SX4 hatchback based 'S-Cross'. However, the Indian version would feature some exterior and mechanical updates. The 1.6 litre diesel engine is expected to churn out a maximum power of 118bhp and a maximum torque of 32kgm with a smooth transmission from a six-speed manual gearbox. There have been speculations that a 1.4 litre K-Series petrol engine might also be featured in this version. It is also likely to sport LED daytime-running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, scuff plates, black-cladding and perhaps Suzuki's “Allgrip” four-wheel drive system.
Maruti Celerio Diesel
Influenced by the success of the Celerio's petrol version's instant hit in the Indian automobile market, the company is now planning to launch a diesel variant of the same model.
The new Celerio is expected to feature a 792cc twin-cylinder turbo engine that has been developed by the company indigenously, and is likely to offer a maximum power of 45-50 bhp and a peak torque of 100Nm. As claimed by the company, this diesel motor would deliver a mileage of 35kmpl. The success factor of the Celerio petrol version was the AMT, which would also be seen in the diesel variant. This entry level hatchback would pose serious threat to Ford Figo and Chevrolet Beat.
The diesel variant of the Celerio is expected to arrive with a price tag of Rs 4.7lakh and would probably repeat the success story of its petrol twin.
Maruti XA Alpha
Since its concept had been unveiled at the Delhi Auto Expo way back in 2012, the Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha has been one of the most awaited compact SUVs in India.
The XA Alpha would be featuring the Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre K-Series multi-jet diesel engine that would offer a mileage of 8-20kmpl and a maximum speed of 180kmph on highways. This SUV also offers sufficient boot space of 400-500 litres, which is quite good for any compact SUV. The expected power delivery from this SUV is 90PS with a peak torque of 210Nm.
The XA Alpha would set a tough competition for the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Hyundai Compact SUV. It is expected to come with a price tag of around Rs 5-6 lakhs.
Maruti YRA Premium Hatchback
With an eye on its premium hatchback segment, Maruti is determined to strengthen it with the launch of another premium hatchback, codenamed as the YRA. It would be placed at a level above the Swift hatchback.
The Maruti YRA Premium Hatchback promises to offer a spacious cabin with a large boot space, and would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel engine options. While the petrol motor features the 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, the diesel variant features the 1.3 litre multi-jet unit. The standard five-speed manual transmission gearbox would be offered in this vehicle while its petrol variant have an optional automatic transmission system. Other features of the YRA include chrome door handles, five-spoke alloy wheels, rear-wiper, de-fogger, steering mounted controls, new touchscreen-enabled music system, engine start-stop button, electrically adjustable OVRMs and reverse parking sensors.
This premium hatchback is expected to be priced in a range of Rs 5-5.9 lakhs and would pose a threat to the Volkswagen Polo, Hyundai Elite i20 and the Honda Jazz.
Maruti Eeco Facelift
After its launch in January 2010, Maruti has been working to bring out a facelift version of the Eeco.
The new Eeco would be available in 5 and 7 seat configurations. It features a 1.2 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a maximum power output of 73bhp at 6000 rpm and 101Nm of torque at 3000 rpm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox driving the rear wheels. In addition to this, it is expected that a CNG variant would also be offered on the van.
The new Eeco would come along with a price tag of 3.1-4.7 lakhs and is expected to hit the roads by September 2015.
Maruti WagonR Stingray AMT
The Maruti WagonR Stingray is the next in line of the Maruti cars to get geared up for an AMT update.
The technicalities of the Stingray focus on a 1.0 litre K10 petrol engine mated to an AMT unit present on the Celerio and the new Alto K10. The new Stingray is a higher spec variant of the regular WagonR. Along with it comes the top-end WagonR plus alloy wheels and safety features like front airbags and anti-lock brakes.
It is expected that the new version of the WagonR Stingray would be priced at a premium of Rs 30000-50000 over the current price of the top-of-the-line variant.
Maruti Ertiga Facelift
The Ertiga is in cue for a facelift to keep the momentum of Maruti facelifts going. The new variant would pose tough competition to the Honda Mobilio.
The cosmetic changes on the new Ertiga include a new front bumper with re-designed headlights and chrome touch. As for its mechanical updates, the Ertiga facelift is expected to feature the current model 1.4 litre four-cylinder K-Series petrol and 1.3 litre four-cylinder, multijet, turbocharged diesel engines, with a minor alteration in the engine design to deliver enhanced performance, which would be mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The updated MPV is likely to hit the Indian automobile markets by the middle of 2015.
Maruti Dzire Facelift
In answer to the competition posed by the Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze, Maruti has refreshed the Dzire whose facelift version is expected to be launched by the end of February 2015.
The new Dzire features a new front fascia with a large chrome grille integrated with slightly tweaked sweptback headlamps which get an additional dark insert to flaunt a sporty look. It is also complemented with an all newbumper with a restyled air dam and chrome enclosure for fog lamp assembly. It wouldn't be getting a major mechanical update, as the new dzire would be focussing on its cosmetic side modifications. The Dzire would get a new seat upholstery, push start-stop button, reverse parking sensor, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, steering mounted audio controls and new Bluetooth compatible music system.
It is comes in a new blue shade and is expected to be priced at a range of Rs 5-8 lakhs.
Maruti Swift Diesel AMT
As per official sources, the AMT, which was a hit on the Celerio and Alto K10, would be launched on the diesel version of the Swift hatchback. And then, the swift would be crowned as India's cheapest automatic diesel-equipped car.
The AMT gearbpox which is manufactured by Magneti Marelli, would allow Maruti to add more AMT equipped cars to its portfolio. The gearbox would be manufactured exclusively at Manesar in Haryana, which would favour Maruti in its plans to launch more AMT-supported variants. The powertrain of the new Swift would feature the same 1.3 litre diesel engine that would produce a maximum power of 75PS and 190 NM of torque, mated to a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
The new Swift diesel AMT is expected to hit the showrooms by December 2015 at a price of Rs 45000 more than the regular variant.
The Ritz has been an ever popular car since it release in 2012 and Maruti has no plans of discontinuing the Ritz from its segment.
The Ritz had been a little down on sales and required a much needed update which would be featured in its new version. The new Ritz is expected to sport the following changes : Revised front and rear bumpers, revised headlamp, revised tail lamp, new front grille, new alloy wheel design, new seat upholstery, new infotainment system.
The hatchback would be powered by petrol and diesel engines as in its previous versions, but the same engines would be tuned for better efficiency. There aren't much details available in this regard, but since its the Ritz that's going to get a facelift, it would be the best.
Maruti has 10 new cars to offer this year
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