Following the trend of transforming hatchbacks into crossovers, Maruti Suzuki is likely to produce a crossover based on the popular Maruti Suzuki Swift hatchback.
With two crossover/SUV models in its portfolio in the Indian auto market, the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and the Vitara Brezza, the largest Indian auto manufacturer could be ntending to introduce a new bigger SUV to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta. Currently, Maruti Suzuki is dominating almost all under-INR-10 lakh car segments. In the coming time, the partnership with Toyota with the Maruti branded Corolla sedan will help Maruti broaden its sedan lineup. But supposed that Maruti Suzuki followed the trend to manufacture crossovers based on existing hatchbacks, what its new crossover will look like? Let’s find the answer to this question in the below rendering of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Cross crossover, which is based on the Swift hatchback.
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The Maruti Swift Cross gets considerable alterations in terms of both the exterior design and the mechanical specifications
In this rendering, which was created by Vipin Vathoopan, internal illustrator of CarToq, the Maruti Suzuki Swift Cross is a combination of the SUV-ish ruggedness and sedan-ish popularity by being altered both in terms of exterior design and mechanical specifications. To be more specific, the nose is somewhat recessed in to look more masculine instead of the sharp one on the Swift hatchback. The crossover gets a new bumper with a blacked out bottom end and redesigned fog lamps housings. On the side profile, the Swift Cross is equipped with larger and flared wheel arches to house the big wheels which have been blacked out for decorative purpose. Black cladding covers the lower body of the car to lend it a muscular look and protection from scratches. Maruti has also heightened the ground clearance of the Cross by a considerable degree, allowing it to easily address any road conditions. The overall orange paint scheme of the car well contrasts the black elements on the car body.
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The suspension system of the Swift Cross is also likely to be stiffened and raised a little bit. Also, it needs to be carefully tuned in order to prevent body rolls at high speeds and sharp turns as well as ensuring a smooth riding quality at low speeds. As regards the engine, it may borrow the new 1.5L diesel motor which is expected to be launched this year from the Ertiga and the Ciaz.
The hatchback-based crossover segment is currently dominated by such vehicles as the Toyota Etios Cross, the Tata Tiago NRG, the Renault Kwid, the Ford Freestyle and the Fiat Avventura. The Maruti Celerio X is a product of Maruti Suzuki in this segment but this crossover, actually, cannot compete against other rivals in terms of power and features. As a result, it is advisable that Maruti Suzuki should increase its competitiveness in the segment with the launch of the Swift Cross.
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Considering the recent trend of SUV/Crossover growing faster than ever before not only in India but also all over the world, the Swift-based Swift Cross may be a potential vehicle to be manufactured by the Indian largest automaker. International luxury carmakers such as Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari and Aston Martin is now also making every endeavour to further penetrating into the SUV segment. Also in India, for the past decade, the SUV is becoming more and more teeming, attracting many automakers to introduce new products into this segment. So, a Swift Cross crossover may be a feasible idea for the largest Indian carmaker.
[Rendering source: Cartoq]
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