While Maruti Suzuki is usually tight-lipped about its future plans, a recent report by Emkay Global Financial Services. In this report sent to media fraternity, Emkay had outlined Maruti Suzuki’s plans for the next two years. The report clearly says that Maruti Suzuki will be bullish on petrol-only models. These will be spearheaded by the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, upcoming XL5, a new 800cc hatchback, Jimny SUV and a new above 4m SUV. While we know that the S-Cross petrol is coming on August 5, the other launch dates are unclear. However, in this story, we will try and dissect as much as we can about these cars. The Maruti Suzuki XL5 will retail out of Nexa dealerships. The new 800cc hatchback will be a replacement to the Alto and will be sold from Arena dealerships. It is unclear if the Jimny will be positioned as a premium product or not.
What about other specifics of these Maruti Suzuki products?
Both the Maruti Suzuki XL5 as well as the Jimny are confirmed products, apart from the S-Cross. Maruti has been reportedly bringing in CKD units of the Jimny during the lockdown. A trial production might be done soon to determine feasibility of the product. As it is, Maruti showed it at the Auto Expo 2020 and was met with a fantastic response for the product. The only downer might be the effective price that the company could be looking at pricing the SUV. The XL5 on the other hand has been spotted testing and is essentially a WagonR with seven seats. It could be Maruti’s answer to the Renault Triber and Datsun Go+.
The S-Cross wasn’t a great seller for Maruti in India. However, this new above-4m SUV could be a replacement for it. It could also be the internationally available Vitara model. This SUV has garnered a lot of interest amongst the Indian public and Maruti could do well to launch it here. As for the 800cc model, the Alto 800 is slowly getting overshadowed by the new Renault Kwid. An all-new model based on the Heartect platform could be safer as well as more efficient.
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