India bound Maruti Suzuki cars to be shown at 2016 Auto Expo
The country’s largest car maker by volume and sales, Maruti Suzuki has been at the helm of the Indian auto industry since one can remember. Cars coming from the company are always known to be crowd pleasers for the sheer value for money and mileage that they offer. So here’s a look at the top 5 upcoming Maruti Suzuki models that will be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo:
First displayed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, Ignis is probably the most anticipated hatchback from the company in the entry-level space. Based on the iM-4 concept, the Ignis should be a major hit mainly because it is a small crossover with sporty looks. It could be powered by engines from the Swift. To be manufactured in our country, more details about the car will only be revealed next month.
Post the not so successful S-Cross, the Vitara Brezza will look to lock horns with the Hyundai Creta in the compact SUV segment this time around. A lot is expected from the first such vehicle from Maruti Suzuki because the company has not really been able to make it big in the premium segments. Power for the SUV could come from the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. This power could be channelized to the wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox and maybe even an AMT unit.
Carrying the YJC codename, the 7-seater WagonR was first showcased back in 2013. To be launched in India this year, this model will tuck under the Ertiga in Maruti Suzuki’s Indian portfolio. To compete with the likes of the Datsun GO+, it is expected to be launched in the country in the near future as it has been imported for homologation. It will be tucked under 4 metres, thereby making it eligible for excise duty benefits.
The best-selling car in our country has long been a favourite among first time car buyers. As competition for the entry-level hatchback grows stronger with the introduction of vehicles like the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki will be making the Alto line-up even longer with a diesel engine. Though an official announcement has not been made, the diesel powered Alto is expected to be showcased at the upcoming Auto Expo. The diesel engine will be the 793cc, two-cylinder unit that also powers the Celerio.
Baleno 1-litre Boosterjet
Many were expecting the Baleno premium hatchback to come with the more powerful 1-litre Boosterjet engine. However, this was not the case and Maruti Suzuki only launched the Baleno with the Swift’s powertrain. The Boosterjet equipped Baleno will be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and an Indian launch is also expected to take place in a year or two.