1 Maruti S-Cross – To cash in on Renault Duster segment, which kind of overlaps with Mahindra XUV500’s league, Maruti Suzuki will introduce SX4 based S-Cross, by the end of January 2015. The compact crossover was showcased at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, since then the market is eagerly waiting for market launch. The model is already on sale in Europe as Suzuki SX4 S-Cross. Indian variant will bear subtle changes to styling and features.
Maruti S-Cross will get excessive chrome detailing upfront and wherever not-so-obvious (yet). LED DRL is a sure thing, on bottom portion of headlamp, as a strip. Lower body will have bare black plastic cladding and silver finished scuff plates at the front and rear edge.
Powertrain options could comprise of the usual 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine good for 90 PS max power, for lower variants, while a 1.6 litre MultiJet diesel motor (also from Fiat) generating 120 PS peak power could be installed in top end version. Smaller engine will be linked to 5-speed manual transmission and larger to 6-speed. While most of the S-Cross variants will be front wheel driven, the powerful top-spec trim is highly expected to boast Suzuki’s AllGrip AWD (All Wheel Drive) system.
Expected launch – Early 2015
Expected price – Rs 8-13 lakhs
2 Maruti Ertiga facelift – The MPV has been in the market for quite a while now and is due for a mid-life refresh. Also due to increasing rivalry in the segment, in the form of Honda Mobilio, (upcoming) Datsun Go+ MPV and (upcoming) Renault Lodgy MPV.
Test mule of updated Ertiga was spied recently wearing tweaked exterior elements that doesn’t draw much of attention. From the spy shots, only brushed-up bumpers, new alloy wheels and similar mild refurbishments could be inferred. Of course the black front grille will be chrome coated in facelift model and similar chrome embellishments will be seen, in an attempt to pull focus from its rivals.
Interiors of Maruti Ertiga facelift will be updated with subtle changes like in new Swift. Some new features from the hatchback will also find way into the people mover. Rest of major elements, chiefly the engine, will remain same. But one can expect the engines to be fine tuned to deliver better mileage. Expect Maruti Ertiga facelift to launch in April 2015.
Expected launch – Mid 2015
Expected price – Rs 6-11 lakhs
3 Maruti Ciaz RS – The automaker is yet to launch the actual top end variant, Maruti Ciaz Z+, which is expected to hit showrooms in January 2015. Post that, Maruti may launch a special and sportier version of the sedan, which could be badged Ciaz RS. Hints were dropped in the form of spy shots courtesy of Gaadiwaadi, featuring Maruti Ciaz wearing sporty lower body kits, athletic alloy wheels and cosmetic spoiler up on the boot lid.
The mods will be made to Ciaz Z+ trim, which comes equipped with all features Maruti has in store, plus a touchscreen infotainment system. The sportier avatar of Ciaz is intended to wipe the smile off Honda City’s shining front grille as it is already offered with a platter of accessories making it really racy. But it is still unclear if Maruti Ciaz RS is a real deal.
Expected launch – Mid 2015
Expected price – Rs 10-11 lakhs
4 Maruti YBA – Exploding interest for urban SUVs in India has urged Maruti to launch a compact crossover, similar to the new Grand Vitara in Europe. Codenamed YBA, the new sub-4 metre giant takes design cues from Suzuki iV4 concept which unwrapped at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha concept that was premiered at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.
Apart from beefy looks, Maruti YBA is expected also to perform like an SUV. While standard variants will be front wheel driven, high-end version could sport Suzuki’s AllGrip All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system. Same is expected to debut in India via Maruti S-Cross, larger crossover that will launch way ahead than YBA.
Usual 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine will do duty in Maruti YBA, in same 90 PS tune as in Ciaz sedan, while 1.2 litre K-Series engine in 87 PS tune will take care of driving the petrol variants. Top end model, possibly the one featuring AllGrip, could be powered by a Fiat sourced 1.5 litre diesel mill, producing 100 hp peak power.
Expected launch – Late 2015
Expected price – Rs 5-8 lakhs