Maruti Suzuki to launch 3 new cars this fiscal
Maruti Suzuki had acquired an overall market share of 70% in its peak phase which has now come down to below 50% due to severe competition from other automobile manufacturers. To counter this competition, Maruti Suzuki has announced launch of 3 models in diverse segments during the current fiscal which will include the new Ciaz, SX Cross a midsized sedan and a small commercial vehicle code-named Y9T as on date.
Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki has been showcased at Auto Expo 2014 in Delhi in February. It has garnered a lot of attention and could be one of the most crucial launches from Maruti Suzuki in the second half this year. Ciaz will replace SX4 which is being discontinued by the company.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz takes its inspiration from Suzuki Authentics Concept seen at Shanghai Motor Show in 2013. It will feature engine options in the form of a 1.4 liter K2 petrol, and a 1.3 liter DDiS diesel engine. A 1.6l sourced from Peugeot is also expected to be on offer. All of these options will be mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. Once launched, the new Ciaz will compete against Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
SX4 Cross will be the second vehicle launched by Maruti Suzuki this fiscal. It will measure 4.3 meters in length which will be significantly lower and wider than the SX4. New Sx4 Cross will be 100kgs lighter and more fuel efficient. The upcoming S Cross will rival SUVs like Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport, and Skoda Yeti when launched in India.
Y9T LCV is also planned for launch by January 2015. Based on Carry, Y9T will come in with diesel and CNG variants and will rival Tata Ace. Y9T will be produced from Maruti Suzuki plant in Gurgaon and could be priced at about INR 4 lakhs for its diesel variant and between INR 4.5-5 lakhs for the CNG version. The diesel engine will be Maruti’s in-house one, with 800 cc capacity.
via Hindustan Times