The country’s largest automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) treated itself with a breathing space for the last two and a half years, as it sat patiently throughout the tandem of Covid-19 waves. However, it seems like MSIL has had enough of the rest and is now ready to take on the new year of 2022 with a bang. With around 8 new launches planned throughout the entire coming year, 2022 will be the company’s most jam-packed year to date.
The upcoming vehicles that are on the horizon from the largest PV producer of the nation, are expected to include the launches of a few new SUVs. In addition to some new vehicles in the Maruti portfolio, some of the existing models which have been long due to a generation change will receive a complete overhaul. While the rest of the launches will be comprised of the facelifts for some of the other popular MSIL products.
Of the new SUVs that are touted to be launched in the next fiscal year, the first one is expected to be the sub-compact SUV Vitara Brezza’s newest generation. Recently, the images of the upcoming Vitara Brezza were leaked online and revealed a lot of insights into the new vehicle. The SUV will be based on Maruti’s HEARTECT platform and the leaked images show that the vehicle has gone through a complete overhaul from the exterior to the interior. The second-gen Vitara Brezza will come loaded with a ton of features and creature comforts. And as for the drivetrain of the SUV, it is expected to be powered by the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol from the outgoing model, although it will get a stronger hybrid system which will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. A CNG version of the SUV is also in the cards.
The second SUV in the lineup that will be released in the nation will be the long-awaited off-roader Jimny. Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Jimny in two specs, in which the first one will be a mid-size SUV format that will come with 5 doors and the second one being the three-door version. The boxy off-roader will be rivalling the likes of the Mahindra Thar and the all-new Force Gurkha and will be powered by a 1.5-litre K15B mild-hybrid petrol powerplant which will deliver close to 105 PS and 138 Nm.
In addition, the company is also working in conjunction with Japanese automaker Toyota on the development of a compact SUV which will be rivalling the current segment champions Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the MG Astor along with few others. The SUV will be based on Toyota’s DNGA platform and has already been seen in the Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky compact SUVs. Subsequently, the final SUV in the Maruti launch plans is an SUV coupe about which the information is very scarce at the moment.
Additionally, Maruti will be launching the facelifts and mid-cycle upgrades of the Baleno, Ertiga, Wagon R and the S-Cross. Maruti is also working on the launch of the company’s smallest yet most important offering, the new generation Alto.
Maruti has managed to produce more than 1.164 million vehicles in the first nine months of the fiscal year 2022, compared with 939,000 units in the same period last fiscal, and it aims to reach its target of 2-million annual sales with the launch of its upcoming vehicles. Maruti’s senior executive director Shashank Srivastava said, “We have been aggressively mapping customer needs and bringing products aligned with needs of the customers across segments,” he said. “Going forward, we will expand our portfolio across segments including SUVs; as pointed out by you it is a growing segment.”