Report - Maruti Suzuki to launch its first small commercial vehicle in January 2015

23/04/2014 - 11:34 | ,   | Karthik H

Maruti Suzuki will launch its first-ever small commercial vehicle in January 2015, as opposed to the 2017 timeline initially proposed.

A report on Mint says that the project has been advanced in order to catch the competition. The same report says that Maruti's mini-truck is based on the Suzuki Carry - sold in South East Asian countries. However, Maruti's engineers are reported to have redesigned the Carry to suit Indian conditions. Previous reports have said that the mini-truck is codenamed 'Maruti Y9T'.

Suzuki Carry front at Tokyo Motor Show
Pictured here is the Suzuki Carry on which the upcoming Maruti Suzuki small commercial vehicle is based.

The SCV is said to be powered by two engines - a 800 cc diesel engine and a 1,200 cc CNG engine. The diesel engine will be Suzuki's first-ever and Maruti will help in its development, says the report.

The SCV is reported to have a payload of 2 tons, making it far heavier than its competition, the Tata Ace, Mahindra Maxximo and the Ashok Leyland Dost. In comparison, the Tata Ace HT carries a 702 cc diesel engine that helps to haul a payload of 750 kg; the Ashok Leyland Dost is powered by a 1.5-liter diesel engine that pulls a vehicle with a payload of 1.25 tons.

Suzuki Carry rear three quarters at Tokyo Motor Show
The Suzuki Carry was first launched back in 1961. It is now in its 11th generation.

The Mint report also states that Maruti will produce this mini-truck at its Gurgaon plant, as opposed to the Gujarat plant as planned before. The company's Gujarat plant is rife with controversy as such.

[Source - Mint]

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