It was way back in April when we had broken details about the SX4-replacement from Maruti-Suzuki. The car has been spied many times since then, and here we bring you the latest string of spyshots.
One of our spies made a lucky breakthrough when he caught a glimpse of the test vehicle near Rao Tula Ram Marg Flyover in New Delhi. As is the custom, the car was clad in tan camouflage. There were a few duct tapings on the dark fabric just above the B as well as the C-Pillars.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any frontal shots in this set. Nevertheless, the car looks imposing in its size and we feel the humongous engine grille, as depicted in the earlier photos, will also be present.
The Maruti-Suzuki SX4 has been a proverbial black sheep in the family of scorching sellers. Sales of the SX4 sedan have never done enough to justify the tagline “Men are Back”. To set things in order, it is expected that the new SX4 or its replacement will come with a host of luxurious features. Codenamed as “YL1” internally, the new SX4 has also been touted to carry features from a segment above that of its own.
Regarding the engine options, it has been speculated that the new SX4 may get the 1.4 litre K-series petrol motor from the Ertiga and the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine which Maruti labels as DDIS. A 5 speed manual gearbox will be standard. Though there is no word on the automatic gearbox, but it will be there for sure as Maruti-Suzuki offers an automatic tranny for its Indonesian-spec Ertiga. Word has also arisen that Maruti-Suzuki is working on its own diesel engines to shed dependence off Fiat, and one of them is a 1.4 Litre diesel mill. Could it be present on the this SX4 replacement?
The “YL1″ or the new SX4 will be manufactured at Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar plant. It could be out on the showroom floors by the third-quarter of 2014. This new SX4 replacing sedancould help Maruti-Suzuki wrest some momentum back in the C-segment. Honda is pitting its all-new City, and there is the prolific Hyundai Verna too.
The new SX4’s task is cut-out, that’s for sure.