Maruti to launch Eeco diesel mini van by 2016
Maruti Suzuki always knows how to attract Indian car buyers, which is made evident year after year by the paramount of market share it holds here. Further, to quench the thirst of rural market’s need for low cost transport vehicles, Maruti Suzuki is developing its own diesel engine to power its new LCV (CodeY9T), Celerio and the Eeco van. First two are expected to be launched by 2015, whereas Eeco diesel by 2016.
Now, Maruti is preparing to change its fate and also others’ by developing its own 800cc diesel engine and using it to power a new LCV (CodeY9T) and a new version of Maruti Eeco. This engine will also feature in upcoming diesel version of Celerio. If all goes well, Maruti could jump to top in furthermore aspects of automotive mobility in India . Also, this could trigger the demise of Maruti Omni minivan.
Maruti Eeco is already priced aggressively at Rs. 2.98 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), which is easily less than its near contenders Tata Ace Magic and Mahindra Maxximo, whose prices start from about Rs. 3.3 lakhs. With diesel version of CodeY9T LCV and Eeco out, Maruti should be prominently visible in rural radar as well. Current version of Eeco is powered by 1.2 litre petrol and CNG fuelled engines that pushes out 73 bhp max. @6,000 rpm and 101Nm max torque @ 3,000 rpm.
Maruti currently enjoys a share of about 32% in rural markets by total volume with its Alto, WagonR, Omni and Eeco vehicles already popular there. With new diesel variants out, it should reach tremendous new heights in the market.
Source Financial Express
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