Maruti Suzuki, the Indo-Japanese carmaker, is working on next-generation models for its existing lineup, which includes the Swift, WagonR, Vitara, and Alto. These prototypes are expected to be unveiled in 2022. The next Suzuki Wagon R will make its domestic debut in December 2021, according to Japanese media reports.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Suzuki is also hard at work on the next-generation Swift hatchback, which is expected to debut in mid-2022. In addition, the company is working on the next-generation Swift Sport, which is expected to hit the market in early 2023. The all-new Suzuki Swift will be built on a newly created lightweight platform that will be safer and more rigid than the current HEARTECT platform.
A new enhanced version of the 1.2L naturally-aspirated petrol engine with a hybrid system is likely to be offered in the 2017 Swift. It may be upgraded to a more powerful hybrid system, which would enhance total fuel efficiency. The Suzuki Swift Sport’s next iteration is projected to have a more powerful engine and a firmer chassis. With the 48-volt mild hybrid system, a more refined 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is envisaged.
Maruti Suzuki Alto
According to the same report, Suzuki Alto’s 9th generation would debut in January 2022. Maruti Suzuki is also working on a new Alto, which is expected to hit the market in mid-2022. The new generation Alto will be built on a refined version of the HEARTECT platform, which also underlies the Suzuki S-Presso and the new WagonR. This is the same platform that the new Celerio hatchback is built on.
It will be powered by a newly built in-line 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine, which is expected to provide improved performance. A mild hybrid system is also anticipated to be included in the next model, which will boost overall fuel efficiency even more. It has the potential to be the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class.
Maruti Suzuki WagonR
The WagonR offered in Japan is not the same as the one sold in India. Instead of the boxy stance, the new model will have a more angular stance. New grille, headlamps, reworked air-dam, new bonnet, squarish wheel arches, new tail-lamps, and new alloy wheels will be included. The R06D, a 3-cylinder in-line engine with a fast combustion system and cooled EGR, is expected to power the new model. The SHVS mild-hybrid technology is supposed to improve this engine. The engine is coupled to either a 5-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmission will be available.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara SUV
Suzuki will also unveil the next-generation Vitara SUV, which will include a slew of new features and enhancements to help it compete in the fast-growing compact SUV sector. Expected to debut in early 2022, the redesigned Vitara will compete in international markets against vehicles such as the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR, and others. The 2022 Suzuki Vitara will be larger than the current model, standing taller, wider, and longer. The platform is expected to be Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform, which already underlies the S-Cross crossover in a few markets.
The 1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which is also available on the current Suzuki Vitara, is projected to power the 2022 Suzuki Vitara. This engine will benefit from mild-hybrid technology, which incorporates a 10kW electric motor, 48-volt batteries, and regenerative braking for better fuel efficiency.
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