This is one carmaker the entire nation looks up to. No other has managed to come close to the heights Maruti Suzuki has scaled in the Indian market. And that is the reason why the entire nation anxiously awaits a new car from this giant. These are the cars that have been confirmed for the future by Maruti or through rumours. We help you get up close and personal with these models from the future.
Wagon R 7 Seater
This is the third most loved car in the Indian market, despite being in the market forever. This is a car that has refused to age. Keeping in mind the trend, Maruti Suzuki decided to add more seats to the highly successful Wagon R and make it a seven-seater. The car was first showcased as a concept vehicle in 2013 at the Indonesia International Motor Show, and the buzz is that Maruti Suzuki might be planning to launch it sometime early next year to take on the likes of Datsun Go+. It’s too early to predict the engine options Maruti plans to give in this car, so will need to wait and watch to get a clearer picture.
This is Maruti’s answers to the soon-to-be-launched Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. This car should be out sometime around the festive season. Unlike Fiat, Hyundai and Volkswagen, Maruti has no crossover to lure the design-conscious Indian customers. The car is already being tested as you read this, and a media unveiling is going to take place tomorrow in Maharashtra. Apart from the usual 1.3-litre diesel and the 1.4-litre petrol engines, it is also rumoured that the S-Cross will be powered by a ‘borrowed’ 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 125bhp of power. This engine should make it an instant hit in the market and a potential threat to the Hyundai Creta which awaits its launch sometime soon in the future.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has remained one of the most successful cars from the Maruti Suzuki India’s stable. But the segment where the Hyundai Elite i20 and newly launched Honda Jazz enjoy their existence – the premium hatchback segment – Maruti has no offering as such. This void will be bridged by the IK-2 (rechristened as YRA) that is presently being tested if the rumours are to be trusted. The car was first showcased earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show in the month of March. The car is believed to be powered by a new 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine which might not see the light of the day in the Indian market. But the car is expected to arrive with the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine that are seen on different variants of the Swift.
Vitara Compact SUV
It seems that Maruti Suzuki failed to tap some of the emerging segments in the last few years. After crossovers, the compact SUV was one such segment where Maruti Suzuki was just absent. India’s largest carmaker has now decided to give up on its laidback attitude and answer the need of the hour. The Vitara Compact SUV (or the YRA) has been seen being tested on Indian roads which hints at its launch sometime soon. It was first unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as the iV-4 concept. Especially after Hyundai unveiling its Creta, Maruti Suzuki should be speeding up the launch of this car before the Creta steals the show. Apart from the 1.6-litre diesel engine that Maruti is planning to borrow from Fiat, this car is also expected to be powered by the 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine and the 1.4-litre petrol engine that already exists in Maruti Suzuki cars.