Maruti Suzuki’s projected lineup at the 2018 Auto Expo
Maruti Suzuki is one of the most dominant players in the Indian car market with its control over more than 50 % of the sales. Come the 2018 Auto Expo, they will be looking to reiterate the fact that they are the leaders by showcasing new car models which promise a good run in the market once launched, which is characteristic to a majority of Maruti cars. They have already announced that the Swift will be at the event, but what else will debut at the most crowded stall of the expo? Here’s a roundup:
As a decision-making sedan the Ciaz had a lot going for it till the past year but the competition has moved a little further than the Maruti, with almost all of them running around with facelifts, making the Ciaz feel a little dated. And so, Maruti is also planning to carry a sleeker looking Ciaz with the same set of engines as currently on offer. The new Ciaz being a facelift will be sporting redesigned bumpers and a stronger double slat front grille with the possibility of even a panoramic sunroof.
We had a chance to get a first look at the sportier type of the new Swift at the freshly held Tokyo Motor Show. Coming back impressed, we are hoping that the Indian-spec model won’t be much different to look at from the showcased model. The engines on offer will be the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel present on the current model. If all turns out right, Maruti might introduce a sportier version of the Swift with RS badging which might be powered by the 1.0 litre Boosterjet engine plonked on the Baleno RS.
Hyundai has been testing a new entry level hatchback and is likely to show a near-production model at the auto-expo, so why should Maruti Suzuki be left behind? That said, Maruti has been planning a new entry level offering for the market, which will be complementing the tastes of new-age buyers and will directly rival the Renault Kwid. We’ll save our guesses on its design till there is any concrete signal on the same.