The launch of next gen Maruti Dzire would be advanced by a year to counteract the mounting pressure from the competition. A completely revamped version of the car was initially scheduled to hit the market in 2018-19 financial year but now it is expected to be ready in 2017-18 itself, probably alongside the Swift hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki’s goal to sell 2 million units per annum by 2020 largely depends on its next gen Swift platform products (Swift, Dzire and Ertiga). The Dzire is currently the second best selling car in the country, trailing its stablemate Alto. However, the advent of promising sub-4m products like Ford Figo Aspire, Mahindra TUV100, etc., has the potential to change the dynamics of the segment in the long run.
Technical details of the next gen Swift family are not revealed yet but expect the cars to be based on Suzuki’s new lightweight compact car platform and more efficient engines. It’s reasonable to expect a turbocharged petrol engine and a homegrown diesel engine with SHVS mild hybrid technology to be on board.
Meanwhile, the Maruti Dzire AMT variant is gearing up to launch soon. Maruti Suzuki is also reportedly working on a petrol variant of the Dzire Tour commercial vehicle-spec sedan which can be retrofitted to run on CNG. Supreme Court’s deadline of March 31, 2016 for all Delhi commercial vehicles to be converted into CNG has prompted this move.
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Via – Livemint.com