Autofun Philippines - Here are the cars, SUVs, minivans, hatchbacks and hatchbacks you'll likely see from Maruti Suzuki at Auto Expo 2023. For each vehicle, we've also included our confidence level to indicate capabilities. we think we'll see a particular car at Auto Expo 2023. Let's start with the cars most likely to show up at the auto show.
We have repeatedly seen Maruti Suzuki's Baleno-based crossover on public roads as well as in spy photos online. The camouflaged test car was heavy enough but not thick enough to hide its resemblance to the Baleno. The slightly taller bonnet and slightly higher roofline demonstrate Maruti Suzuki's intention to capitalize on the SUV craze while it persists.
Plus, since it's likely to share the powertrain and platform with the Baleno, it should at least make it easier for Maruti Suzuki cars Philippines to put it into production. We can expect Maruti Suzuki to finally show off its crossover design without any camouflage at the fair.
The new generation Brezza has become more expensive. This allows Maruti Suzuki to offer an extra SUV/crossover to compete with affordable B1 and B2 SUVs/crossovers such as the normal petrol Nissan Magnite, the normal petrol Renault Kiger, the Citroen C3, Tata Punch and Tata Tiago NRG. Maruti's new SUV could go on sale in the first half of 2023. Naturally, it will cost a bit more than the Baleno because it will have better ground clearance and some extra features. We expect it to cost between Rs 7.0 and Rs 11.0 lakh (old showroom).
Electric concept Maruti Suzuki
Maruti Suzuki has a tradition of introducing a concept at every motorcycle show. In 2018, we had Concept FutureS, which later became S-Presso.
Keeping the theme of electric cars and SUVs, this time we can expect another concept electric car, but much closer to production than what we saw at Auto Expo 2018 and 2020. Electric vehicle use is skyrocketing and if we still get a concept car at an early stage, it means that Maruti Suzuki has been left too far behind in the electric car race. But a late concept or a pre-production model presented as a concept can add healthy excitement to the fair.
Perhaps the biggest feature of the Maruti Suzuki electric car concept is its design. This is the area where Maruti Suzuki has a good grip. The Baleno, Swift, new Brezza and Grand Vitara all have solid positions and road presence in their respective segments.
While there may not be points worth mentioning, we can expect Maruti Suzuki to have the basics. So the details on range, battery capacity and efficiency are likely to hit the mark and satisfy the needs of most electric vehicle buyers.
If the Futuro-E is the clue, then this electric SUV concept will likely compete in the C-segment SUV segment. We hope that Maruti Suzuki can bring an electric SUV to market by 2024. For the price, we can once again count on Maruti Suzuki to deliver a value proposition without diluting the brand.
Maruti Suzuki introduced the Jimny at Auto Expo 2020. It received respectable attention at the expo. When I visited the exhibition during the opening days, I saw some guests asking the Maruti representative if there were 2 more doors for the rear passengers. Interest in Jimny 5 Doors among visitors sparked the idea that it might work in India.
We've seen the 5-door Jimny test drive on public roads in India and it's likely to show up in near-production-ready form at Auto Expo 2023. Jimny's most notable feature is the combination of cute looks and off-road ability. The 3-door Jimny has won over fans with its impressive performance from the powertrain, transmission and off-road platform. We expect the 5-door version to retain most of its capabilities and add more everyday practicality. The Thar is currently only available in a 3-door layout, which limits its accessibility to buyers who have another vehicle for everyday work.
When the Jimny goes on sale, we expect it to offer a 1.5L mild-hybrid petrol engine with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. All-wheel drive can be had with both gearbox options.
Jimny has only 2 main opponents - Mahindra Thar and Force Gurkha. None of these vehicles offer a gasoline engine with reasonable fuel efficiency. This could potentially become another strong point in Jimny's favor. It can be priced at Rs 12.50 – Rs 15.50 lakh if it goes on sale in India. The current generation Dzire launched in 2017 and 2023 will have a lifespan of 6 years. A typical vehicle life cycle is between 6 and 7 years, and Maruti Suzuki marked the Dzire's mid-life point with a mid-life update in March 2020. So it looks like the Dzire is following the cycle. 6 years for major updates. With that in mind, 2023 will see a major update for the Dzire, and we're counting on Maruti Suzuki to show off the pre-production model at the 2023 auto show.
For the 2023 Dzire, we can expect a powerful hybrid powertrain to become the main highlight of the Dzire. It is already very fuel-efficient and promises to provide a range of about 22.5 km/l with the mild-hybrid petrol engine. The 2023 model could continue, further eliminating the need for expensive electric vehicles for most buyers worried about cost of ownership.
Dzire has dominated not only the sedan segment of the B2 segment but also the entire sedan market in India. It's the only sedan that can compete with SUVs for the moment. So in terms of features, we don't expect it to offer anything new in the segment, but it can borrow features from Baleno. About a year ago, a Maruti Suzuki blueprint leaked online showed that Maruti intends to launch a 7-seater SUV to compete with D-segment SUVs.
Maruti Suzuki has also previously stated that their intention is to move up the food chain and start penetrating the high-end segments. level by offering more expensive cars. The price of the new generation Brezza is slightly higher than that of its rivals and then the entry into the C-segment SUV segment with the Grand Vitara are signs that Maruti Suzuki is indeed keeping its word. A 3-row SUV seems like a natural step forward.
Now that Toyota has revealed the Hycross, we expect Maruti Suzuki to offer their version of the Hycross. Believe it or not, without the Innova in the name, the Hycross has the styling, shape and presence of an SUV. Without the Innova in its name, Maruti Suzuki is in a better position to establish its version of the Hycross as an SUV right out of the box. If that turns out to be the case, we can also safely assume that it will use the same 2.0L petrol engine and the same 2.0L hybrid petrol engine from the Innova Hycross.
Maruti Suzuki's 3-row SUV will compete with other 3-row models in the D-segment such as Toyota Hycross, Mahindra Scorpio N, XUV700, Mahindra Marazzo, Kia Carens, MG Hector Plus and Tata Safari. We expect it to go on sale a month or two before the 2023 festive season and will cost between Rs. 18.0 and Rs 30 lakh (old showroom).