Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Suzuki's Future Product Plans (Part 4: The Hatchbacks)

Making small and compact hatchbacks has been one of Suzuki's core strengths. That is why in the near future, hatchbacks will still be one of Suzuki's main segments.

2014/2015 - Alto Facelift

Following the success of the Celerio, Maruti Suzuki India is working on revised versions of their other hatchbacks, including their best-seller, the Alto. A few weeks back, test mules of the revised Alto were spotted by the Indian automotive media.
The revised Alto will get a Celerio-inspired front end
The shots revealed that the revised car will get a completely new Celerio-inspired front end, and a revised rear end as well. The facelift will give the Alto a more modern and mature look, compared to the aging K10 model and the often criticized look of the current 800 model. No interior shots have been taken so no details have been known about the interior of the revised Alto.
Rear end is similar to the current Alto 800
The Alto is made only in India, and is also exported to various countries in Latin America, Africa, West Asia, and South East Asia.

2015/2016 - New Premium A-Segment Hatchback

Back in mid-2013, it was reported that Suzuki is considering to make a production model based on the 2013 G70 Concept. The model will be positioned as a more premium city car priced above the Celerio and below the Swift. According to a June 2013 report from AutoExpress, Suzuki's UK sales and marketing director, Dale Wyatt, revealed that the car could be powered by a two-cylinder turbo petrol engine that could be provided by Fiat.
2013 G70 Concept displayed at Geneva Motor Show
The G70 featured a unique Citroen-inspired design
If given a green light for production, the new premium city car will be launched sometime in 2015 after the YAD SUV hits the showrooms.

2016 - YRA Hatchback and Next Generation Swift

2016 will see Suzuki introducing an MPV-like compact hatchback similar to the Honda Jazz and Nissan Note codenamed YRA. The car will be targeted at customers who like the dynamics of the Swift but need more boot and rear space for passengers.

Following the downsizing and turbo-charging trend, the YRA will be powered by a turbo-charged 1.0litre petrol engine, currently in development. The new hatchback will be positioned slightly above the next generation Swift also due in 2016. The two new compact hatchbacks will be based on a new B-Segment platform.

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