A New Maruti Small Car to Rival Renault Kwid?

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The Renault Kwid has been very successful in garnering a positive response from the entry level car buyers. No, the Entry A segment hatchback is far from becoming a segment leader on the sales charts, but one simply can’t shy away from the fact that the Kwid has left a sizable dent on the Maruti Alto‘s sales. Thanks to a SUV-like styling, a spacious cabin, a considerably frugal engine and a competitive price tag, the Kwid seems to have it all! On an average, Renault sold over 8,000 units of the Kwid every month, last year. No surprise, then, that the Kwid has Maruti worried. Hence, in order to reclaim the lost ground, Maruti is readying a new small car that will become a direct rival to the Kwid. This new Maruti small car will make its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo.

new maruti small car suzuki crosshiker concept images front angle
The upcoming small car could borrow design cues from the Suzuki Crosshiker concept shown earlier

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The launch of the upcoming new Maruti small car will take place in mid-2018. The upcoming Maruti car won’t replace the Alto, but will be sold alongside. It will target prospective customers of the Kwid by offering a similar SUV-ish design and a high ground clearance. The upcoming small car could borrow design cues from the Suzuki Crosshiker concept shown earlier. Details at this stage are scarce but we expect the car to share its engines with the Alto.

New Maruti Small Car – Launch Details

Launch Date (expected) July 2018

The new Maruti Small car that will rival the Renault Kwid is likely to make a debut at the Auto Expo 2016. Subsequently, the upcoming Maruti hatchback could launch around July 2018.

New Maruti Small Car – Expected Price

Minimum Price Rs 2.7 Lakh
Maximum Price Rs 4.5 Lakh

The upcoming Kwid rival from Maruti could be slightly costlier than the Alto. The SUV-like design and a more spacious cabin will justify the higher price tag. Much like the Kwid, the upcoming Maruti small car will offer both 800cc and 1000cc engines. Of course, these engines will be shared with the Alto twins.

Suzuki Crosshiker Concept Images

New Maruti Small Car – Specifications

Engine 796cc 3 Cylinder MPFI; 999cc 3 Cylinder MPFI
Max. Power 47.3 BHP; 67.1 BHP
Peak Torque 69 Nm; 90 Nm
Transmission 5-speed Manual; 5-speed Manual, AMT
Mileage 24.7 KMPL; 20 KMPL

Engines and transmissions will come from the Alto twins. This means the new Maruti small car that will rival the Kwid will offer both 800cc and 1000cc engines. The 1000cc motor could even get an AMT to take on the Kwid AMT.

new Maruti small car suzuki crosshiker concept images

Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more on the upcoming new Maruti small car that will rival the Renault Kwid.

via Autocar India

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