The last week was remained eventful in the Indian four wheeler market. At a place where Maruti shook the Indian car industry by announcing the elimination of diesel engines from its entire lineup by April 2020. On the other hand, it succeeded in bringing a smile on the face of the mass market audience by introducing a more refined, safest Alto hatchback which now complies with upcoming BS-IV emission norms and features more safety gadgets. Also, the Korean carmaker Hyundai announced the bookings of its first ever sub-4 meter SUV, the Venue on May 2. The launch of an all-new BMW X5 supposed to take place on May 16. Not even this, developed in Toyota-Maruti joint venture, the imminent premium hatchback, the Glanza also teased online.
Maruti to Phase Out Diesel Engines by April 2020
Maruti Suzuki has shocked the Indian four-wheeler industry with the announcement of the elimination of all diesel cars from its lineup by April 2020. As a result of this, the powertrain 1.3-litre DDiS 200 will be pulled off from the production line which is currently being offered with brand’s renowned models such as the Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Ignis, Vitara Brezza, Ertiga, Ciaz and the S-Cross. Also, the newly introduced 1.5-litre DDiS225 motor which is high in demand could also get updated for the BS-IV emission norms. Whereas, the mills such as the Baleno 1.2-litre VVT petrol and a new 1.2-litre DualJet Smart Hybrid motor has been reworked to comply with BSVI norms. As of now, it's not clear from officials that do these going to be eliminated diesel engines will get updates or not?
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BSVI compliant 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto Gets More Safer
Maruti Suzuki Alto which has been the most selling car from 15 consecutive years has received a facelift. The entry-level hatch now complies with the BSVI emission norms and features much needed advanced safety features. However, the powertrain 796cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine is all same of the previous model with churn out of 47PS and 69 Nm of torque. Among the newly added safety features, the 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto gets ABS, EBD, reverse parking sensors, driver airbag, a speed alert system and a seatbelt reminder for both front occupants as standard fitment. With these mentioned features the hatch now also complies with the upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulations. The company asks for the pricing of INR 2.93 lakh ( ex-showroom Delhi) for this 2019 Alto model.
Official Bookings for Hyundai Venue to Start from May 2
Hyundai Venue that is the brand’s first sub-4 meter SUV, is scheduled to launch on May 21. Last week the Korean carmaker announced the commencement of official bookings from May 2. However, the unofficial bookings from the dealers have been started at the token amount of INR 21,000. From May 2, the potential customers will also be able to book online via Hyundai’s website. In the segment, the SUV will go against the models such as the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV 300 and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
2019 BMW X5 India Launch on May 16:
The German carmaker is all set to introduce its all-new offering the BMW X5 in India on May 16. It will be provided in two trims including Luxury Line and M-Sport, pricing expected at INR 70 lakh and INR 80 lakh respectively. Bigger than ever, the X5 rests on BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and powered by the same 3.0-litre diesel engine of the outgoing model. The said powertrain is capable of developing 261PS of power and transmitting 560 Nm to all the wheels via the brand’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Toyota Glanza Teased Online:
Toyota Glanza is a premium hatchback. Developed in the joint venture of Toyota and Maruti Suzuki, the car teased online late last week. If going by the teaser image, the rear end of the Glanza appeared similar to the Baleno though with a different bumper and tail lamp design. The front end of the premium hatch is not revealed yet. We expect it to receive major changes to differentiate thoroughly from the Baleno. Beneath the fuel tank, the Glanza is expected to carry forward powertrain from the Baleno along with the newly introduced 1.2-litre DualJet Smart Hybrid Motor. As far as pricing concerned, it is expected to get an introductory price sticker of INR 7.27 lakh for the lower spec manual variant and will go up to INR 9.20 lakh for the top-end CVT variant.