Maruti Suzuki’s nine passenger vehicles meet the new crash test standards of India. The carmaker revealed that the S-Cross crossover, Baleno hatchback, Ciaz sedan, Ertiga MPV, the new-generation Dzire sedan and Swift hatchback, Ignis mini SUV, Vitara Brezza compact SUV and Celerio hatchback are already compliant to the future frontal, off-set frontal, side impact and pedestrian crash norms.
Out of these nine models, the Ciaz sedan will soon see a mid-life update and the Ertiga MPV will witness a generation change by the end of this year. The Indo-Japanese carmaker also revealed that its rest models such as WagonR and Alto K10 will also meet the new crash test norms before the mandatory timeline.
The company recently confirmed the new-generation Maruti WagonR and an all-new small family car for the Indian market. While the former will go on sale sometime next year, the latter is scheduled to launch in 2020.
Models like Maruti Omni, Eeco and Gypsy will need significant structural and feature upgrades to meet the new crash test norms. While the Gypsy is reported to be replaced with the new Suzuki Jimny that recently went on sale in Japan, the Omni and Eeco might be discontinued. However, the Omni and Eeco are decent volume generators for the carmaker.
Just so you know, the crash test norms (full frontal impact, offset frontal impact and lateral or side impact) were made compulsory for all new car models from October 1, 2017. All existing models must have these features by October 1, 2019. Furthermore, the pedestrian protections safety norm will be enforced from October 1, 2018 for all new cars and for all existing models from October 1, 2020.
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