Maruti Suzuki has been quite active in terms of bringing new and innovative products to the market to cement its top spot in our industry. This could be another step in that direction.
The Suzuki Swift Cross could be the compact SUV version from Maruti Suzuki. Swift has made a deep connection with the Indian car buyers over the last couple of decades and its various iterations could reel in a ton of new buyers too. Maruti keeps on updating the Swift on a regular basis to ensure customer engagement. This year, Maruti has planned a plethora of new launches, most of which are updated versions of its already existing products. But this SUV form of the Swift could be something different and we might see it sometime in 2024.
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Maruti Swift Cross Compact SUV
Maruti Swift Cross is a prominent product in many international markets. As a matter of fact, Maruti had tried Sports variants of the Swift in the Indian market as well, although with only a few minor aesthetic tweaks. But this time around, the changes would rather be much more substantial and more in line with the compact SUV characteristics. The body of this version could bear cues to recognise the product that it is. The skid plates, raised and stiffer suspension, wider tyres, sporty exterior design elements, etc would be the most noticeable alterations on the outside. For people looking for a Swift with more road presence, this would fit the bill.
The full-blown sporty version of the Swift Cross could feature a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that produces a whopping 140 hp and 230 Nm of peak power and torque respectively in the international market. However, if Maruti decides to bring it to India, it could also have the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that the Baleno RS came with. This engine develops 100 hp and 150 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. The choice of transmission option with these engines could be either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Depending on which variant comes to our shores, the prices will be a bit higher than the regular version.
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There are a ton of models by Suzuki in the international market. Its operations in India are highly relevant for its business but bringing any new product to India must be driven by demand and business case first. If Maruti Suzuki sees a gap in the market for such a product, we might see it in our market in the course of the next few years.