Report – Maruti Y9T LCV to be rolled out on a limited scale to understand the market


Nithyanandh K,

As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

The one tonne LCV is to be launched next year.

India’s largest passenger car maker Maruti would have ventured into the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market come 2015.

Though the company has an unshakable presence in the passenger car business, it is new to the LCV segment and hence would play it safe by rolling out the Maruti Y9T LCV on a very limited scale in order to understand the market and sales experience, says Mr. R C Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL).

Suzuki Futura
The Maruti Y9T’s design is based on the old JDM Suzuki Futura.

The Y9T LCV which is currently on road trials is powered by the company’s first homegrown diesel engine. The 800 cc two-cylinder motor will also power the Celerio which was spied earlier.

Also read: Undisguised Maruti Y9T caught on tape

In order to market the LCV, Maruti is in the process of setting up a dedicated sales and distribution network. Mr. Bhargava says that the customers for the LCV and passenger cars are different and hence the facilities have to be different as well.

Competitors: Tata Ace, Mahindra Maxximo, Ashok Leyland Dost

Expected Price: INR 3.5-4.5 lakhs, ex-showroom

Launch Date: Early 2015

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[Source: ET Auto]

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