The made-in-India Maruti Super Carry LCV which started its innings in South Africa and Tanzania is confirmed to be launched in India within this year. The automaker’s first ever LCV was reported to be delayed due to re-engineering works.
Speaking to Economic Times, Maruti’s Chairman R C Bhargava, confirmed that the load carrier will be here sooner than later.
The 1 tonne cargo carrier has been under development for a few years now. Earlier this year, a report suggested that Maruti didn’t quite understand the load factor of LCVs in India (often overloaded) and hence had to go back to the drawing board to make it suitable for the Indian market conditions.
This sort of explains why Maruti decided to launch the Super Carry first in export markets where the load factor usually doesn’t exceed the design limits of the product. The India-spec version is expected to be sturdier.
While the export version employs a 72 PS version of Suzuki’s 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine, the domestic version will feature a twin-cylinder 800 cc diesel mill which debuted in the Celerio. Final output figures are still under wraps.
The Maruti Super Carry will be competing with the likes of Tata Ace and Mahindra Maxximo plus. The timing for the launch appears to be right as the LCV segment started showing signs of recovery. The segment registered a growth of 12% in the first quarter of this financial year which ended in June 2017.