Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Ciaz, iV-4, Swift Sport, and more at 2014 India Auto Expo
Maruti Suzuki India Limited pavilion at the 2014 Auto Expo, just like the last edition, is expected to be the grandest of all. Just like 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, at the 2014 Auto Expo as well, Maruti Suzuki is going to open the show. They will open their doors at 8 AM on 5th February 2014. So, what are the cars they will be unveiling this year?
The new Celerio hatchback with India’s first AMT technology, Ciaz sedan based on Suzuki Authentics Concept, the next development phase of XA Alpha crossover, in the form of Suzuki iV4 Concept and a series of prototypes, just like in the last edition.
Of all these, it will be the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio, that will be launched first. It will replace the A Star and Estilo. Celerio is expected to come in at a base price of INR 3.9 lakhs. It will be powered by a 1.0 liter K10B engine seen on board the Alto K10 and WagonR. Maruti Celerio bookings have already commenced at dealerships, while test drive and demo cars have also been spotted at showrooms.
Second in line, will be Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Spotted on test in India, in a camauflaged state, and codenamed YL1 as on date, new Ciaz will replace the existing SX4 sedan. It will possess a 1.4 liter petrol engine and a 1.3 liter Fiat sourced diesel engine. Ciaz launch is expected by Diwali 2014.
Maruti brings its iV-4 SUV concept too. Its the next stage in the development of their compact crossover, which will be launched in India by 2015. The first stage was seen in the form of Maruti XA Alpha at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. Suzuki iV4 made its debut at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Though compact, it will measure more than 4 meters in length and sit on a wheelbase measuring 2500mm, putting it in the segment of Mahindra XUV500, Renault Duster, and Nissan Terrano. Maruti is also reported to be planning on getting an under 4 meter variant for India, so as to benefit from lower excise duty and price the car lower. This will be in the range of Ford EcoSport.
Swift Sport will also be on display at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. Shown as a concept back in 2012, Swift Sport was launched in the UK in 2013. India launch is expected later this year. Apart from this, there will be new prototypes. The image gallery below (from 2012 Auto Expo) will give you an idea of concepts and prototypes which you can expect from Maruti Suzuki at this year’s Auto Expo.