Report – Maruti will NOT launch XA-Alpha compact SUV next year

Posted on: Nov 8, 2013 - 3:24pm IST

At the 2012 Auto Expo, Maruti showcased the XA-Alpha concept – a sub-4 meter compact SUV that was looking to challenge the Ford EcoSport concept which also made its debut at the same show. Fast forward nearly two years and the EcoSport is one of the top 10 best selling cars in India for all months since its launch in June 2013, and waiting periods stretch from 9-12 months.

Maruti XA-Alpha concept
The Maruti XA-Alpha concept premiered at the 2012 Auto Expo. The launch will not take place even in late 2014.

There seems to be no sign of the Maruti XA-Alpha, and according to a recent report from Financial Express, the launch will not take place even in the later parts of 2014.

Kenichi Ayukawa, Maruti’s MD & CEO told Financial Express that it will be very difficult to launch the ‘compact SUV’ in 2014. As he says that it will not be possible to launch it next year, we have our money on 2015 for the XA-Alpha’s introduction.

Front three quarters of the 2014 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
The SX4 S-Cross, which arrives in early 2015, could be a stop-gap measure until the XA-Alpha’s launch.

Maruti seems to be concentrating its efforts on its homemade diesel engines and the first engine, which is believed to be a small, two-cylinder 800cc unit, will debut in the company’s first LCV in India (codenamed Y9T). The same engine could be optimized to power the YL7 (next generation Maruti A-Star/Suzuki Alto), which is also looking at a 2014 launch.

Apart from these new products, Maruti will also introduce the YL1 sedan, which is a replacement for the SX4, and models such as the Swift and Dzire could get a minor refresh.

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3 thoughts on “Report – Maruti will NOT launch XA-Alpha compact SUV next year

  1. mm says:

    Present diesel mania will abate once the subsidy is completely removed in about 1-2 years. Considering the oil-burners’ maintenance cost and the rougher ride, in most cases, potential customers will revert back to petrol cars. Therefore it is foolhardy to concentrate on producing diesel engines. Rather, auto-companies ought to invest in hybrid cars like Jazz or Prius which are more environmentally suitable and highly fuel efficient.
    Govt. too, should encourage hybrid cars.

  2. mm says:

    Maruti seems to be getting it all wrong. The trend is to produce cars those are powerful, fuel efficient, modern, automatic and not the least, good looking. Maruti continues to pedle old models in new clothing not realising that competitions are stiff and going past, fast. Swift was indeed a model that was ahead of times when launched in 2005. Thereafter Maruti seems to have gone in to slumber. Maruti should immediately bring in replacement for Swift, SX4 and the rest of the smaller hatches. And a modern replacement for good old Esteem is the order of the day.

  3. cancerian1985 says:

    insider news; this thing would be out by mid 2016.. that is, when probably the market would have a decent load of compact suv s from all brands. the work is on, but it is delayed. and going by the way things are, it s not going to be a head turner as far as the looks go. but not bad either. wait and watch


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