Maruti Suzuki launching Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel in 2011



Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel Coming in Mid 2011


Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel
Expected in Mid 2011
Estimated price: Rs 9 lakh


Maruti Suzuki’s men were back in the form of the SX4 with a 1.6l engine powering the car with 101 horses. The SX4 design is suitable for Indian roads with its high ground clearance and 15-16 inch tyres. After the huge success of the diesel variants of the Swift and Dzire over their respective petrol versions, the company plans to roll out the SX4 diesel with the DDiS engine.

Suzuki SX4 was developed by Suzuki, however it is sold by Suzuki as well as Fiat (badged as Fiat Sedici). The SX4 is sold as a crossover in some of the European and North American car markets. The SX4 is sold in North American markets with AWD as a standard feature, whereas in the European it is optional. Also, the SX4 is offered with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in the North American markets.



Design:


The SX4 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign studio. The Suzuki SX4 was initially introduced as a five-door hatchback which was marketed as a crossover. The sedan was unveiled at the 2007 New York Auto Show and was later on launched in Japan, India and a few East european countries. The "SX 4" term was used by American Motors (AMC) for a sporty liftback model.

Engine:

After using the Fiat 1.3l multijet engine for its Swift and Swift Dzire, Maruti will continue to use the DDiS engines. In the European market, the SX4 is sold with 1.9-litre and 2.0-litre DDis engine options. We expect, Maruti to launch the SX4 diesel with a 1.6-litre DDis, and this should be Maruti's reply to the VW Vento diesel, which produces 105-bhp from a 1.6-litre oilburner. 

Features:


The SX4 diesel is the twin of its petrol variant. There is no difference between the two except for their hearts.  

Competitors/Overall Evaulation:


The main rivals of the SX4 will be its own petrol sibling, the Honda City, Fiat Linea, Ford Fiesta Hyundai Verna and the recently launched Volkswagen Vento. The SX4 has a huge plus with the Maruti brand having the largest after sales and service network and good ownership experience.

  
Specs (Speculated)
Engine: 1.6-litre (Diesel)
Power: 115bhp
Torque: 203Nm
Length (mm): 4490
Width (mm): 1735
Height (mm): 1570
Wheel Base (mm): 2500
Ground Clearance (mm): 190
Front Track (mm): 1500
Rear Track (mm): 1495
Boot space (litres): 505


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