Maruti Suzuki India is putting brakes on its plans to introduce big sedan for now. Maruti’s partner Suzuki Motor Company has put a halt on the development of large cars eyeing the recession and worldwide popularity of small cars.
Earlier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) had aired its intention to foray into the sedan segment during the launch of the SX4. SMC was developing big sedans based on the Kizashi concept car powered by a 3-litre engine particularly aimed at the U.S. market
Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The market has changed and SMC has now stopped developing such big engines. Now they are developing a 2 litre engine.”
He also said that the new car will be powered by a 2-litre engine. The Kizashi would be the biggest car in SMC’s passenger car portfolio and the company would not go beyond that engine capacity.
Replying to a question on whether the new big sedan would be brought to India, Mr. Nakanishi said. “If SMC launches Kizashi in Japan this year, it will be brought to India also. Till then SX4 will be our biggest car here.”
The company is thinking to bring in a diesel SX4, but Suzuki is yet to develop a diesel 1.3-litre engine used in Swift Dzire. The current engine would be small for the SX4. The company is also exploring options to increase sales of the SX4, as demand has slumped slightly compared to previous year. However, in the last fiscal year the sales volume for the company is mainly contributed by the SX4 and the Swift Dzire.