Maruti Suzuki’s new small car to compete with Renault Kwid by 2018

Kwid has taken over a large chunk of sales in the entry-level car market, evidence of which is that an average of 8,812 units were sold per month in 2016.

By: | Updated: February 15, 2017 2:13 PM
Maruti Suzuki Celerio Maruti Suzuki Celerio (Image for representational purpose only)

The Kwid has been quite a success story for Renault. SUVs have become rage of the automotive scenario, but growing congestion gave rise to crossovers like the Kwid that provide SUV styling in a hatchback, and also of course reasonable pricing.

More and more of carmakers are coming up with small car designs that have SUV like styling, and Maruti Suzuki and Renault are about to get into a head-on competition with the introduction of the new car.

Kwid has taken over a large chunk of sales in the entry-level car market, evidence of which lies in the sales figures. In 2016, an average of 8,812 units of Kwid were sold per month.

The Renault Kwid is offered with an AMT only in the 1.0 litre petrol engine powered variant The Renault Kwid is offered with an AMT only in the 1.0 litre petrol engine powered variant

 

Maruti Suzuki which continues to be the market leader in the entry-level segment witnessed a serios drop in sales of the Alto post introduction of the Kwid. Sales for the Alto declined from 20,658 units in September 2015 to 17,351 units in December 2016.

Maruti Suzuki is understandably not pleased and has been working on an all-new hatchback to rival the Kwid, which is expected to arrive in showrooms sometime in 2018, according to a report on Autocar India.

The new car is likely to be an all-new model, and not a replacement for the Alto.

There is not much information available, however it could have a higher ground clearance and SUV styling. It may carry the usual Maruti Suzuki engines - the 800cc and 1.0-litre petrol.

Maruti Suzuki is expected to unveil the new car at the Auto Expo 2018 sometime in the first half of the year.

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    Mohit
    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    Maruti and all other companies will still be behind Kwid because by that time there might be more editions of Kwid which may be better than the current editions. Plus they will have to match the pricing.
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