Affordability, Cheaper Maintenance, Great Re-sale Value: These are just few of the factors that have helped Maruti climb to the top of the Indian Market and stay there.
During H1 FY 2020-2021, Maruti clocked sales of 5,93,092 units in India, which is about two times the sales of the nearest competitor. But there has been a 5.41% decline in the market share growth from last year.
Maruti has taken a deep look at the growing competition and has decided to upgrade existing trusted cars and launch few new cars in 2022. Notably all the upcoming Maruti cars should be utilizing the New Generation Heartect platform, to shed aside questions on safety.
1. Next Generation Maruti Suzuki Swift
What better way to gain customers back than to upgrade the one of the most sold Maruti? Yes, Maruti is giving the Swift yet another facelift. The car is set to retain most of its profile from its predecessor, with changes in radiator grille, headlamps and bumpers. The rear door handle will be on the C-pillar. The interior will look sportier with a vivid meter and display. The car will continue to offer the 1.2-L K12 Dual jet petrol engine.
Expected: Second half of 2022
Estimated Price: From ₹10 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards
2. Next-Generation Vitara Brezza
The 2020 facelift Brezza stood strong in the market owing to Fuel efficiency and plenty of features. Maruti is set to use the same strategy and more in the upcoming 2022 model. The car is set to use the same tried and tested 1.5-L petrol engine. The design is set to be revamped, while some familiarity with the current model is expected. The SUV will have a new dashboard with a new console and a new instrument cluster. Reports say Maruti will drop the Vitara name from the vehicle.
Expected: Second half of 2022
Estimated Price: From ₹8 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards
3. Maruti Suzuki Jimny
Jimny was first showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. Jimny is expected as a 5-door model in India. The exterior of the car looks boxy with solid wheel arches. The car should be powered by the 1.5-L petrol engine with manual and automatic transmission options. Said that the SUV should face direct rivalry from Mahindra Thar, the Jimny should come packed with feature-rich interiors, mostly borrowed from its cousins Dzire and S-Cross.
Estimated Price: About ₹10 lakhs (ex-showroom)
4. Next Generation Maruti Baleno
Maruti Suzuki has been pushing the Baleno brand since 2016. Design-wise, the car will get major changes at the front and at the back. The infotainment system is set to take the centre stage of the dashboard with changes in AC vent placements. We do not expect any changes under the hood. The car currently makes use of the 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Estimated Price: From ₹6 lakhs (ex-showroom) onwards
5. New Crossover SUV concept
A new Maruti SUV is on the cards for next year. The car is developed on a partnership with Toyota. Not much is known about this car, but it is set to be a serious competitor with rivals such as Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. We expect the car to borrow existing Maruti’s 1.5-L petrol and1.5-L diesel engines.
Estimated Price: About ₹9 to 15 lakhs (ex-showroom)