Report – Both of Maruti’s compact SUVs to feature petrol, diesel and CNG variants

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Second SUV to be a sub-4 meter vehicle.

Maruti will have two compact SUVs in its portfolio come 2016, with the first one set to launch early next year in the form of the SX4 S-Cross. The S-Cross, though a compact SUV, measures more than 4 meters in length and hence will rival the likes of the Duster and Terrano, the company’s Chairman, R C Bhargava, said.

New Suzuki SX4 at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show front quarter
The S-Cross will take the fight to the Duster and Terrano.

The second compact SUV from Maruti, which is likely to be the production version of the XA-Alpha concept shown at the 2012 edition of the Delhi Motor Show, is confirmed by Mr. Bhargava to be a sub-4 meter offering. It will take advantage of the excise duty benefits to compete with the Ford EcoSport.

Further, the chairman revealed that both SUVs will be available with petrol, diesel and CNG configurations to extend their market reach.

Maruti XA-Alpha concept
The XA-Alpha on the other hand will be a sub-4 meter offering.

Also see: Suzuki reveals Vitara compact SUV ahead of Paris Motor Show debut

Maruti’s next launch however will be the Ciaz midsize sedan, which is anticipated to go on sale next month.

Maruti SX4 S-Cross Competitors: Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Mahindra Scorpio, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai ix25

Maruti SX4 S-Cross Expected Price: INR 8-11 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Maruti SX4 S-Cross Launch Date: Early 2015

Maruti XA-Alpha Competitors: Ford EcoSport, VW Taigun

Maruti XA-Alpha Expected Price: INR 5.5 – 9 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Maruti XA-Alpha Launch Date: 2016

Maruti SX4 S-Cross (New Suzuki SX4) – Image Gallery

[Source – The Hindu]

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