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The Maruti SX4 will receive an impromptu facelift which is expected to hit the market in January 2013, according to a report on Economic Times.

2013 Maruti Suzuki SX4 facelift front2011 Suzuki SX4

[The front is almost completely passed on from the Chinese SX4 that debuted in December 2010 at the Guangzhou Auto Show]

We brought you the spy shots of the test mule few days ago which shows that changes are inspired by the updated Suzuki SX4 from China. Apart form a chrome garnished front grill and a redesigned bumper, there is nothing to set it apart form the current SX4 but Maruti believes that the refresh will enable the mid-size sedan to limp home before the next generation car based on the S Cross concept arrives.

On the inside, the dashboard has reportedly undergone a mild revision and a new music player is expected to be offered.

2013-Maruti-Suzuki-SX4-facelift-rear2011 Suzuki SX4 rear

[The rear shows far fewer resemblances to the Chinese market model]

The SX4 is the only case of a diesel Maruti not topping charts that too when it employs the very same engine which powers the super successful fantastic four – Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and the Ritz. The SX4 sales dipped by a shocking 64% in the April to November period with only 4,248 cars were sold, compared to 11,662 units during the same period last year.

Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, Managing Director of MSIL said: “We are looking for options to revive the SX4 sales. It is facing huge difficulty, as the market conditions are not conducive for bigger cars. We have been pushing the car aggressively and some changes would soon be incorporated to make it an attractive preposition for the local market”

2011 Suzuki SX4 dashboard2011 Suzuki SX4 central console

[The Chinese market car had cosmetic and technical changes to the entertainment system]

Economic Times reports that according to the component suppliers of Maruti Suzuki, the SX4 is expected to be launched sometime next month.

[Source: Economictimes.Indiatimes.com; Images of the Suzuki SX4 for China from Autohome.com.cn]

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  • Analyst

    It looks inspired by Manza. Suzuki should spend more on a Design team.

  • S Pani

    Well, they obv need a new one ASAP. But even so, I dont think any exterior design changes are a solution to the SX$’s issues. Even what ever sales are coming, a good percentage is thanks to the DGS&D rate contracts which allows SX4’s to be sold without tendering to various govt agencies. As the only car in its segment with a DGS&D rate, it dominates the market.

    To attract more personal buyers they need to improve the fit and feel of the interiors which are seriously underwhelming for its class. Most hatches give a better feel in the interiors.

    The rest of the package is not bad. There really is no desperate need to change much else. If interior quality improves it should see its numbers rising.

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      Welcome back to IndianAutosBlog.com! Yes, the interior quality has to be upgraded, I guess the new Dzire’s interior feels a bit better compared to the SX4’s.

  • Aman

    Few Pointers for SX4 to succceed :-

    1. Bigger, better & more responsive engine.
    2. Bigger Engine (Fiat 1.6 Multijet anyone?) in varying states of tune ( 110 & 130 BHP for product placement flexibility catering for buyers with varying budgets)
    3. Introduce the All New SX4 on the S-Cross Concept, but retain the older SX4 with both 1.3 & 1.6 Multijets, to expand the portfolios.
    4. Freshen up the interiors. Value additions & bells & whistles are a must.
    5. Sort out the somewhat harsh ride (at low speeds) without compromising on the handling.
    6. Lose the transmission tunnel hump.

    • http://indianautosblog.com Shrawan Raja

      I guess that sums it up for Maruti Suzuki.