The entry-level car space was has always been the biggest contributor in the total sales of the Indian automobile industry. In fact, it was massive 25% till 2010 and it’s only after that people started moving to higher segments. Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest passenger vehicle maker, too saw similar shift in their portfolio as Dzire toppled the Alto to clinch the top spot a few years ago. Read – 4 Things To Know About 2020 Maruti Dzire Facelift
While the segment continues to shrink, Maruti Suzuki believes that it would still be sizeable enough to bring in some new entry-level cars. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is working on two new small cars that will be priced below Rs 5 lakh. One of them will come with an 800cc engine that’s likely to replace the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 that was recently discontinued in the country.
The second entry-level car from Maruti Suzuki will be the Celerio’s replacement featuring a 1.0L engine. Codenamed Y0M, the new 800cc Maruti car is likely to be launched during 2021 festive season. Maruti’s new 1.0L small car (codenamed YNC), on the other hand, will be the first one to arrive in the market. It might hit showrooms by the end of this year. Read – 2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza Gets 10,000 Bookings In 20 Days
The Indo-Japanese carmaker will price its new entry-level cars under Rs 5 lakh. Both models will meet the new emission norms and safety standards. More details about the vehicles are likely to be revealed in near future.
Recently, Maruti Suzuki introduced the Vitara Brezza facelift with a new petrol engine and minor cosmetic changes and feature upgrades. Rumour has it that the carmaker might also bring in the Jimny off-roader SUV in the country. The Jimny recently made its India debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. It’s reported to be priced below Rs 10 lakh and its production might begin in May, 2020.
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