Maruti Suzuki is expected to add new cars to its lineup or replace its existing ones. Check out all these models in our post on upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019
It's no secret that Maruti Suzuki is the largest Car manufacturer in India. The company commands upwards of 50% shares in terms of sales in the country, which is a remarkable feat. Still, Maruti, like other carmakers, has been facing a slowdown, and the automaker plans on renewing customer interest in its portfolio by bringing in new models and refreshing old ones. Here is a list of the top upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019:
The first model in our list of upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019 is an entry-level model that will rival the Renault Kwid and Datsun redi-GO. Dubbed Maruti S-Presso, this car first saw the light of day as the ‘Future S’ concept at 2018 Auto Expo. At first, it was believed to the new Alto, but Maruti has decided to go with a new name instead, keeping the branding for the vehicle fresh. The exterior look of the vehicle is entirely new and unique. Test vehicles have been spotted recently, which means the launch will happen soon, probably by the end of the current month.
The S-Presso is expected to sport a 1.0-litre engine under the hood borrowed from the new Wagon R. There were rumours of Suzuki’s 1.0-litre turbo-petrol from the Baleno RS making its way into the S-Presso, but that seems unlikely given the company’s track record of not providing high-performance engines in entry-level models. There does, however, seems to be a possibility of Maruti offering an optional AMT, other than the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. The SUV-ish stance for the subcompact hatchback should make it a hit in an SUV-loving country like ours.
Wagon R is an extremely popular car, and if Maruti were to jump into the electric vehicle bandwagon, it makes sense for them to do so on the Wagon R, right? The tall boy design offers brilliant space on the inside while keeping the footprint small, which means accommodating the battery pack won't be an issue.
The specifications of the vehicle are not known at this point, so we have no idea about the power/torque figures and the range. Currently, testing for the vehicle is in full swing. Test vehicles have been spied multiple times, although the launch window is still vague.
Maruti Suzuki Solio (Wagon R 7-seater MPV)
Apart from the EV, another version of the WagonR that is among the upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019 is the long-awaited 7-seater MPV variant. The model would be based on the same Heartect platform that underpins the regular WagonR. While the official confirmation is yet to come, the vehicle’s name is speculated to be ‘Solio’.
Next in line in our list of upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019 is the updated version of the Celerio. Maruti’s compact hatchback sales have been dwindling recently, owing primarily to the economic slowdown in the industry. To renew customer interest in the segment, Maruti has begun work on a facelift for the Celerio sub-compact hatchback. It is expected to feature significant styling updates on both the interiors and the exterior.
There have also been speculations of a Celerio EV, which could be priced lower than the Wagon R EV. That, however, is still quite a long way off, as we still don’t have a confirmation of that. If that were to happen though, Maruti would have a great electric vehicle line-up in its hand.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza facelift
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the most selling subcompact SUV in India, right till the moment Hyundai Venue snatched its crown. Coupled with the fact that it has remained the same since its launch, back in 2016, it is obvious that the Brezza is due for a major update.
The new Brezza would feature an updated styling package, along with better safety features as well. We also expect to see a BSVI compliant petrol engine for the first time on the Vitara Brezza. That engine will probably be the K15 1.5-litre engine paired with a mild-hybrid system (or smart hybrid as Maruti calls it). The powertrain combo puts out 103 Bhp of max power and 138 Nm of max torque.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara
Other than the Vitara Brezza, Maruti might also introduce the Vitara, its best-selling international SUV. While the track record has not been great for Maruti in this segment, things might take a turn for the better. Previously, Maruti had the Grand Vitara, a vehicle which came with a mighty 2.4-litre engine and was extremely capable off-road.
The new Vitara might replace the S-Cross, which has had underwhelming sales in India ever since it was launched. While the loss of the sporty S-Cross will be missed, the Vitara SUV promises to be as fun while also being extremely practical. There might also be a 7-seater version of the same, which could be placed over the recently launched XL6. The Vitara would go against Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, and Jeep Compass. This SUV is easily among the most promising models in our list of upcoming Maruti cars in India 2019.
Another interesting model in our list of upcoming Maruti cars 2019 is the Jimny, which is, basically, the latest version of the iconic Gypsy. The Gypsy was an extremely capable off-roader, but it was also a relic of the last century. After it was discontinued earlier this year, there has been a void in the market for budget-minded off-road enthusiasts. That could change with the launch of the new Suzuki Jimny though.
Suzuki Jimny has been praised all around the world for its hardcore off-roading capability despite its tiny dimensions and small engine. It’s tiny, boxy, and old-school; all-in-all a perfect replacement for the Gypsy. While there has been no direct official announcement, it wouldn’t be farfetched to assume that the vehicle will be gracing our shores with its presence very soon, locking horn with the upcoming 2020 Mahindra Thar.
Maruti Suzuki Ignis Facelift
The Maruti Ignis was well-received by Indian car buyers, but it never was as successful as its other hatchback siblings. Maruti tried to reinvigorate the car with added features and a mild facelift earlier this year, but things haven’t turned around as the company had hoped.
It now seems like the Ignis will receive another significant update for 2020. These updates might include a BSVI engine and updated styling. Currently, the Ignis is powered by Maruti's K12 engine, which is a 1.2-litre inline-4 motor that produces 82 Bhp.