Exciting models along with class-leading engine technologies anticipated.
Maruti Suzuki has almost half of our domestic car market in its pouch. But the company isn’t at all satisfied and have bigger plans for 2017. The company has been quite vociferous lately, with fresh products, strategies, and services. It’s latest cars like Baleno and Vitara Brezza turned out to be successful, and a slew of new, exciting cars are getting ready.
#1. Maruti-Suzuki Ignis (Jan 2017)
This company crossover broke the covers at 2016 Auto Expo early this year. It features light-weight platform as the Baleno, taller ride height at 180mm, and versatile cabin with 267 litres of boot space. The striking LED-DRL integrated headlamp is as interesting as its tiny proportions with muscular shoulders. The interiors is simple-yet-futuristic, with touchscreen infotainment and navigation. Engine line-up include 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines shared from Baleno, with 5-speed manual and AMT options as well. ABS and airbags are standard across all trims too!
#2. Baleno RS (Feb 2017)
As a new iteration of the popular hatch, the Baleno RS‘s forte is its 1.0-litre Boosterjet 3-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine (first of its kind in mass-market segments) producing 110 PS of power and 170 Nm of max torque. Sporty body kits and Bi-xenon auto headlamps with LED DRLs are on the list, along with all the fancy features from the top-end Baleno. A 6-speed automatic transmission can’t be ruled out either, other than 5-speed manual.
#3. Next-Generation Swift Dzire (May 2017)
Based on the Baleno’s lightweight platform, the Swift sibling (hatch and sub-4m sedan) are expected with innovative and elegant design, coupled with exciting engines. The Dzire will be the first one to go on sale, with premium features and techs including LED treated head and tail lamps, 7-inch Smartplay infotainment system, etc. It is also reported to get SHVS mild-hybrid technology for its diesel engine.
#4. Baleno SHVS Mild Hybrid
Already offered in Ciaz and Ertiga models, the SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) mild-hybrid technology will embrace Baleno hatchback as well. Along with the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine, the 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol motor is also expected to get this technology for the first time. Expect a hike in fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent, thanks to the in-built brake energy recovery and auto start-stop system.
#5. S-Cross Facelift
The S-Cross may not be a volume spinner for the brand as expected, the car has undergone some serious mid-cycle facelift with tweaked projector headlamps and a large grille with chrome embellishment. With a jacked-up ride height of 180mm, the soft crossover says it is more than ready for any unsettling road conditions. A dual-zone climate control and a new trim is also expected.
#6. Next-Generation Swift hatchback (Festive season 2017)
Akin to the last decade, the new Swift is expected to be a key performer for the brand. Not just with the aggressive design and fancy features, the company says that the Swift will be good in performance and top fuel efficiency in the B segment. Not just the SHVS hybrid system, but the 1.0-litre Boosterjet 3-cylinder petrol engine from the Baleno RS is also expected to grace the new car.
#7. Swift Sport
May not be in 2017, but it is reported that a brute version of the new Swift will follow in nine months after its launch. Swift Sport nameplate is new to India, will feature sporty body kits and spruced-up interiors. But the bomb is under the hood – a 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine with a 6-speed manual transmission is rumored.
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