The latest multi-utility vehicle of Maruti Suzuki, the Maruti XA Alpha launch date will be during end of 2014 or beginning of 2015 due to production issues at its manufacturing plants in Manesar. This tough looking car which would formally herald entry of Maruti Suzuki into India’s utility vehicles market was first showcased in Delhi Auto Expo in 2012 making people expect that it would be in markets by 2013. It has been a steady practice with the automaker that vehicles are not tested on roads before launch therefore ARAI officials visit its plants for certification. Market sources state that were will be several changes in actual model from the one showcased in 2012 since several SUV’s have come into Indian market since then with latest technologies which make the Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha look outdated. Since a few design changes are being made to its launch model along the Maruti XA Alpha launch date is likely to be in 2014 since its production will start by December of 2013.
The entry of Maruti XA Alpha SUV is expected to bring a revolution in utility car market of India due to its compact size and medium price bringing it within reach of a wider customer base. The local compact SUV market is presently being ruled by Renault Duster, Toyota Innova and Ford Ecosport which are international brands. Maruti XA Alpha launch date has also been delayed since the company wants its flagship SUV to be a faultless product to compete with existing market leaders and to maintain its stronghold for at least half a decade. The Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha will be available in both petrol and diesel variants therefore will be powered by 1.4 liter KSeries petrol engine and 1.3 liter DDiS diesel engine. The car will be partnered with Maruti’s Ertiga MPV and will use Swift’s underpinnings. Company sources have stated that an additional INR 3500 crores are being allocated for research and development of this car to make it top class. Presently the development team of Maruti XA Alpha comprising engineers from both Maruti Udyog and Suzuki Motors are working in tandem to make it a powerhouse performer.
Since Maruti XA Alpha launch date has been delayed people are expecting a top line car with modern features in keeping with company’s reputation. Since Maruti has been creating both two wheel and four wheel drives it is expected that this car will have both to make it suitable for driving across all terrains. The car’s striking appearance will be due to its monocoque frame with a bold bonnet enhanced by wide grille showcasing Suzuki emblem. Brawny side profile due to curvy wheel arches coupled with hatchback like rear gives it a muscular look. To maximize passenger comfort this car will have modern features like climate controlled air-conditioner, power windows and steering along with rear defogger and leather seats. In keeping with latest safety guidelines the Maruti XA Alpha will also have airbags and seatbelts for all, along with ABS and EBD.