The rumours about new Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) might hit the roads next year. A replacement for the Alto 800 might be on the cards. Maruti’s rumoured entry-level hatchback might get a whole new design without the premium features. Speculated to have an 800cc engine, it will take on its main rival, Renault Kwid.
The Maruti Alto has been in the range since 2000 and is the most popular entry-level car. It comes in 1.0 Litre and 0.8 Litre engines, which decent features for an entry-level car. Next year, the emission norms would be changed and the Bharat VI engine will come ahead. With this, Maruti might launch the new Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) as a replacement for the Alto 800. However, some reports suggest that it will be a new addition to the Maruti range without any replacement. The hatchback might get an upright stance with a good ground clearance. Might make it look like a heighted hatchback. The features expected from this car is dual-airbags and ABS as standard, Automatic Climate Control, Rear Parking Sensors, Infotainment screen in the top-spec trim and more. If launched, it is expected to start from Rs 2.7 Lakhs, to take on the upcoming Renault Kwid.
The Renault Kwid has turned out quite a successful player in the entry-level segment in India. However, the car is still far from becoming a segment leader which continues to be the Maruti Alto 800. Continuously growing in the segment, Kwid still takes away chunks of sales figures of Alto. Mainly because of its sporty looks and updated technology, it is still preferred by a lot of Indians.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Price:
The new Maruti Small Car, Crosshiker is expected to be priced between Rs 2.7 Lakh to Rs 4.5 Lakh (ex-showroom). The price, slightly higher than Alto, will provide for all the updated features and technology. The pricing will be perfect for any entry level as Kwid is also priced in the same range.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Launch Date:
The plans on Maruti Crosshiker are not made yet, as it did not feature in the Auto Expo 2018 too. However, it is expected to be launched by mid-2019 after the passing of BS VI engines. Hence, it is too early to comment on the launch date in India.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Engine:
The car might come in two engine variants – 796cc 3 Cylinder MPFI and 999cc 3 Cylinder MPFI. The 796 CC engine will produce 47.3 BHP worth of power and 69 Nm worth of torque. On the other hand, the 999 CC engine offers 67.1 BHP worth of power and 90 Nm worth of torque. It is expected that the top variant might also give an optional AMT. The mileage expected is anything between 22 KMPL to 24 KMPL. The engine will be shared by both the Alto twins and Crosshiker.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Exteriors:
Although the design details of the new Maruti small car are still under the wraps, we expect it to feature SUV-like upright design and a high ground clearance. The car might get an aerodynamic design with LED headlamps and fog lamps as basic features. It is also speculated to come with a crossover design.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Interiors:
The new Maruti small car might bet proper fabric upholstery and classy interiors. Maruti will be giving a bigger cabin space to the car with comfort features like back seat headrests, armrests and such. The top end version might receive a lot of updates but yet it isn’t confirmed. The update might include new styled steering wheel, facelifted dashboard and more.
New Maruti Small Car (Crosshiker) – Features:
Renault Kwid offers a variety of features for an entry-level car. The top end variant offers touch infotainment system, digital clusters with gear shift indicators and the basic safety features. So, the new small Maruti car is expected to get modern updates like touch infotainment system, digital speedometer cluster, reverse parking assistant and daytime running lights. With these features, it can easily take on Renault Kwid. In terms of safety, it might get ABS with EBD and dual airbags.
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