Maruti is all set to showcase its prowess at the upcoming Auto Expo. Here's a list of upcoming Maruti Suzuki cars you can expect at Auto Expo 2020.
The next Auto Expo is just around the corner. With the dates fixed, manufacturers ready, and the media registrations open, the event is attracting all the hype it needs. Almost every manufacturer has a set of cars to showcase at the Expo, but the expectations of the masses from Maruti Suzuki always remain very high, and the manufacturer never lets down the expectation of its patrons. Maruti Suzuki has just announced that the company is focused on bringing 'Green mobility' to the masses. There are efforts being put into production of CNG and mild-hybrid vehicles. Not only that, but the company will also be bringing in electric vehicles in the near future. As such, there will be a lot of excitement near Maruti's stall! Here is a list of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars at Auto Expo 2020.
Maruti Cars At Auto Expo - Maruti Vitara Brezza Facelift
The Brezza is one of the best-selling cars from the manufacturer. Not just best-selling Maruti, but it is also the highest-selling car of its segment since it is launched. Now, the Brezza is in a dire need of a fresher face to spruce up its overall appeal. Maruti is well aware of this fact, and has been working on a Vitara Brezza facelift. It has now been confirmed that the upcoming car will be showcased at the Auto Expo.
The new Brezza will also sport new engine option(s). Till now the car was sold with just one diesel engine as part of the powertrain, but the facelift is expected to feature a 1.5-litre petrol engine, with the option of a mild-hybrid powertrain. There are also rumours that Maruti might also offer a 1.5-litre diesel engine, depending on customer demand. The current sources, however, state that Maruti Suzuki won’t be producing diesel engines after the BS-6 emission norms kick in, and anything else should be taken with a grain of salt.
Next in our list, we have the next-gen Vitara SUV. The Vitara moniker can be defined as one of the few reasons behind the success that Vitara Brezza is enjoying in the country. Also, to encash on the legacy of Vitara, Maruti would finally be bringing in the original Vitara that is currently on sale in some international markets. The car was spotted in the country recently, strengthening the belief that the Vitara is coming to India.
Maruti used to sell the Grand Vitara in India from 2009 to 2015. It was never loved by the masses but auto enthusiasts adored the car for its performance and off-road ability. With a monocoque chassis, the SUV was a little ahead of its time. Now though, the market is readily accepting crossovers of every size, and this might help Vitara gain traction in the Indian market now. The mid-size crossover is also expected to be a 7-seater SUV, just like the Grand Vitara. With bigger proportionate dimensions, premium interiors, and an extra row of seats in the back, the Vitara is one of the important Maruti Suzuki cars at the upcoming Auto Expo.
Maruti usually struggles with selling premium vehicles to the masses. Remember the Kizashi and Grand Vitara? Well, not a lot of people do! They were both very potent cars in their own right, but were only available with big and thirsty petrol engines. Although the S-Cross was available only with diesel engines (two diesel engine options at the time of launch, only one in the outgoing version), it wasn’t as successful as other Maruti cars. There were rumours initially that the carmaker might discontinue the S-Cross, but now it seems that the company has decided to give it another try. In the light of the upcoming BS6 norms, Maruti has decided not to stop production of any model in its line-up, at least for the moment.
The upcoming S-Cross will feature a 1.5-litre petrol engine, the same one that does duty on the Ciaz and XL6, probably with smart-hybrid systems as optional. The engine is capable of producing 105PS and 138Nm of max power and torque respectively. There are also rumours which suggest that Maruti might also offer a 1.6-litre BS6-compliant Fiat-sourced diesel.
Maruti-badged Toyota Corolla
Maruti Suzuki has announced a joint-venture with Toyota and this is been one of the hottest news in the town. As Maruti Suzuki is known for producing cost-efficient cars, while Toyota is known for the reliability quotient they inject in their cars, and a car with both is what market is in dire need of. In 2019, Toyota had introduced a rebadged version of Maruti Suzuki Baleno to Toyota Glanza, and now it’s Maruti Suzuki’s turn to perform some badge-engineering. It would be a smart move Maruti would be to showcase this car, or at least a concept car in a similar line of thought, at the 2020 Auto Expo.
The Maruti-Badged Corolla would fit nicely above the Ciaz in the D-segment space. The car could also do with full hybrid technology with a 1.5L K-Series petrol mill borrowed from the Ciaz. With an expected starting price of under 15 Lacs, the car will take on Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Skoda Octavia.
Maruti Suzuki Cars at Auto Expo 2020 - Maruti Ciaz S
Maruti has recently launched a sporty version of the Ciaz, called Ciaz S. The Ciaz S is basically a regular Ciaz with some body kit, namely side-skirts, front bumper lip, rear skirt, and a spoiler on the boot. The interior sports an all-black theme instead of a dual-tone colour scheme in the regular one. There are absolutely no changes to the engine and drivetrain, which is a shame in all honesty. A slightly more powerful engine would have complimented the looks as well.
Keeping in line with Maruti’s tradition of showcasing spiced-up versions of regular cars, we expect there to be a Ciaz S in Maruti’s corner, perhaps with a different body kit. Paint-jobs will definitely be outrageous, to catch the eye of the attending audience.
Even though the Ertiga is more utilitarian than exciting, Maruti will be showcasing the Ertiga at their stand as well. Suzuki sells a sporty version of the Ertiga in Indonesia with a racy body kit. We expect the showcase model to feature a similar body kit on the exterior. No changes are expected otherwise. The Ertiga is offered with two engine options: a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel. There is also a CNG option available with the petrol engine, to reduce running costs. Out of all the Maruti cars slated to be present at the 2020 Auto Expo, this will be the most commercially inclined.
Maruti XL6 is the sophisticated twin of the Ertiga. Where the latter is more utilitarian, the former is relatively more luxurious. In keeping with the tradition of displaying spruced-up Maruti cars at Auto Expo, we’ll be seeing the XL6 decorated in brilliant body kits as well. It doesn’t seem like Maruti will be offering a CNG option with the XL6, primarily because it’s a premium vehicle. A CNG kit would not go well with the premium image of the car.
Maruti Suzuki Cars At Auto Expo - Maruti Jimny
A car that almost all the off-road junkies are waiting to experience in flesh is the Jimny, and it is here in our list of Maruti Suzuki cars at Auto Expo 2020. Jimny is a true-blue compact offroader and is sold in all the major markets across the world. It's India launch, however, is doesn't seem very likely. Still, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume that the Jimny could be showcased at the Auto Expo. This tiny little compact capable SUV draws 100PS of peak power and 130Nm of peak torque from a 1.5-litre petrol mill. The power is shared to all-four wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission that also has a low-range transfer case. The ladder-frame Jimny is expected to be priced between Rs. 6.6 Lakhs and 9.6 Lakhs.
Maruti Suzuki has also adopted a new technique to retail its product under its premium Nexa umbrella. The cars sold through Nexa outlets were initially limited to a few models at first, but now Maruti is upscaling its regular car to make them fit for the Nexa badge. Just like Maruti took the Ertiga and crafted XL6 out of it, a similar story would be repeated with the WagonR this time. The Nexa specific WagonR is expected to be christened as XL5. The XL5 will have the same mechanicals under the skin as that of the WagonR, and styling will be the only major difference in between both. The WagonR gets a 1.0L 3-cylinder engine and a 1.2L 4-cylinder unit as the options. It was also rumoured to be an Ignis replacement, but with the Ignis facelift in the pipeline, that may not be the case.
Maruti is known for showcasing customized variants of its existing lineup and will probably do so with its most recent launch in the country as well. Hence, the next model in our list is the Maruti S-Presso X. S-Presso is designed on the lines of a large SUV, and this micro SUV is looker if someone fancy ruggedness in their cars. The S-Presso X will feature a few additions to spruce its butchness further up. Roof-rails, faux skid-plates, side-moulding, alloys wheels, and increased ground clearance will be key changes that the S-Presso X will adhere to in comparison the donor car. However, there are hardly any chances to see the S-Presso X at the showroom floors, but since it is listed as one of the few Maruti Suzuki cars at Auto Expo 2020, it will be there at the manufacturer’s space in the auto show.
Maruti Cars At Auto Expo - Maruti Suzuki Ignis Facelift
Maruti Ignis is a very solid tall-boy hatchback and feels and drives like a premium Wagon-R. That, however, was not enough for the manufacturer. The Ignis hasn't been setting the sales chart on fire the way Maruti had intended, and it has now been confirmed that Maruti will be launching a facelift of the Ignis very soon. We expect the new model to be present at Maruti Suzuki stall at the 2020 Auto Expo. The facelift will feature a redesigned front and rear bumper and a shark-teeth-like front grille similar to the S-Presso. The current model is powered by a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine that comes coupled to a 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT. Maruti has also been adding factory-fitted CNG kits to its options of upgrades, so there's a chance that the Ignis will be offered with it as well. This would be a great move by the company, especially considering that Maruti will be discontinuing diesel engines in their line-up.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno
Maruti’s premium hatchback Baleno isn’t set to receive any upgrade or change in the near future. That said, the carmaker will be displaying the car at the 2020 Auto Expo with some extremely pretty bodywork. There might be some beautiful livery on it too, to bump up the visual appeal of the car. With the discontinuation of the Baleno RS, there is no ‘performance-oriented’ vehicle in the company’s line-up, but the vehicle on display might feature a more potent engine than the regular 1.2-litre inline-4 petrol on the standard car.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dual-Tone
How can a Maruti pavilion be complete without a fancy Swift? Since the manufacturer has recently already launched the latest generation of the car in India, we won't see a newer model at Auto Expo. What Maruti has decided to showcase though, is a spicy-looking Swift with exterior changes. As can be seen in the images, the Swift comes with a new 'Red & Black' dual-tone paint scheme. It is one of the most fascinating small cars at Auto Expo 2020.
The Red & Black Maruti Swift isn’t any different from the regular swift car, but instead it a prepped up version of the regular Swift with new paint, side skirts and a roof spoiler. These design details give the car an edge over the regular Swift. As for the mechanicals, they remain the same. The car is still powered by the same 1.2-litre K12B engine that produces 85PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Hybrid
Apart from the regular Swift, Maruti has also put the Japan-spec Suzuki Swift hybrid at the upcoming Auto Expo. This car, however, will be not Maruti’s next upcoming product for the Indian market, but rather just a display of the advancements in technology Suzuki has made. Suzuki Swift Hybrid can deliver a fuel economy of up to 32kmpl (claimed), which is quite a number, to be honest! There might be a mild hybrid version in the near future though, featuring the same system that’s used on the Baleno (smart hybrid).
Maruti Wagon R (CNG)
Wagon R is the quintessential Maruti vehicle. The tallboy hatchback is one of the most popular Maruti nameplates sold in India ever since it was first launched in 1999. The vehicle has gone through different iterations over the year, and the current Wagon R is in its third generation now. There might not be a lot of excitement around this Maruti car at the 2020 Auto Expo, but we expect Maruti to showcase a factory-fitted CNG version here. This is perhaps one of (sadly) most boring out of all the Maruti Suzuki cars at Auto Expo 2020. That said, there's a huge customer base for CNG vehicles in India, and this vehicle will surely end up being a success in our market.
Maruti WagonR EV
We have spotted the Maruti WagonR EV during test runs in Gurugram multiple times now. While there has been no official word on the official launch of the vehicle, it's evident from the rigorous testing that Maruti is serious about the product, but due to the lack of electric infrastructure and non-existent mass-market demand for EVs are major deterrents for the car. Nonetheless, the vehicle will surely be present at the 2020 Auto Expo, even if only to showcase Maruti's EV potential for the future.
Maruti Suzuki Cars At Auto Expo - Maruti Futuro-e
Apart from the Wagon-R EV, Maruti has showcased a new electric car at the 2020 Auto Expo. That, dear readers, is the Futuro-e concept. While there are no technical details available yet about the car, we can see the image above to decipher the approach Maruti Suzuki will be taking with the car. The coupe-like silhouette looks quite sporty, and the car sports very clean lines and sweeping head- and taillights. We aren't sure which segment Maruti aims to target with this EV, but the car seems to be a compact SUV in the image above, so we expect it to be a competitor to the Tata Nexon EV and the upcoming Mahindra XUV300 Electric.
There have been reports from other publications that the Futuro-e will be based on the Wagon-R, but that seems to be untrue now that we have seen the concept car in the flesh. Also, Maruti usually makes a lot of changes to their concept cars before making them production-ready, so expect the final product to look radically different from the image above. For reference, Maruti S-Presso shares nothing with the Future-S concept on which it is based, except for the silhouette and the overall design philosophy. That said, the Futuro-e concept will surely garner a lot of attention at Maruti's stall at the upcoming Auto Expo, so be sure to check it out if you plan to visit the venue. We expect Maruti to also offer around 250-300 km of range on a full charge, along with fast-charging capability to reduce charging times.
So, this was our list of upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars at Auto Expo 2020. Stay tuned to IndianAuto.com for more details.