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.
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’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]