2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 facelift and new Renault Scala CVT for India
Maruti Suzuki SX4 has been in the market for the past 10 years and is in for a facelift. Receiving one face lift a few years ago was a minor one and hence another is in the offing. S Cross concept seen at the 2012 Paris Motor Show can’t be forgotten when referencing this new 2013 sedan, SX4. The new SX4 will be a larger vehicle than its earlier counterpart with more of a crossover look. It will compete with Ford EcoBoost and will receive additional ground clearance, extra body cladding and will be launched with either two or four wheel drive systems. The concept was seen with 20” wheels and body styling while the production model will have smaller wheels which will contribute to enhanced ride.
The new Maruti Suzuki SX4 will be seen with enhanced internal features and additional space to comfortable seat upto 5 adults with plenty of head and leg room. Boot space is also expected to be of 400 liter capacity. No engine details have been revealed and could use the same 1.4 liter TwinAir petrol along with a 2.0 DDiS from the current SX4 lineup.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 competes with Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, and Renault Scala. The new Renault Scala sedan launch for the Indian auto market is scheduled for this week. This new automatic transmission (AT) variant, precisely a X-tronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) vehicle is fitted with a 1.5-liter petrol engine that rakes in 100 hp. Concentrated on higher efficiency than a conventional automatic, it’s transmission ratio is higher. Fuel efficiency of 17.97 kilometers is ARAI certified. Quite simply, the B-segment sedan built on Micra’s platform, now embraces CVT. When referring to rebadged, all fingers point to the Nissan Sunny.
This year, Maruti Suzuki SX4 and Volkswagen Polo will debut in the INRC Group N 1600cc class. In December 2012, Maruti Suzuki India dealers offered a a discount of Rs 50,000 on the sedan to cope with stockpile.For Maruti, their passenger cars mid-size sedan segment sales in December 2011 were 843 units of SX4, whereas in December 2012, they sold just 329 units. The new facelift SX4 could overturn their sales in the segment.