Maruti XA Alpha mini SUV debuted in New Delhi. This could be Maruti’s first SUV product in Indian market. Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha is developed on Suzuki Swift platform and will sit between Suzuki Jimny and Suzuki Vitara. XA Alpha concept is jointly developed by a team of experts from Suzuki Japan and Maruti Suzuki. The development process took only 9 months. This all new mini SUV from the Japanese company is measuring 4.0 meter thus it will be eligible for all benefits of small car.
Suzuki’s latest K-series engines will be doing duty in petrol variants of Maruti XA Alpha. The diesel sipping Maruti XA Alpha will get Swift’s 1.3ltr DDiS engine sourced from Fiat. The engine will get company of a five speed manual transmission. Maruti XA Alpha will be available in 2WD and 4WD variants during it’s commercial launch.
A small information for those who are wondering what is the basis behind Maruti XA Alpha naming. ‘X’ denotes the crossover category and the ‘A’ signifies that this compact. ‘Alpha’ represents trendiness and newness. The concept of XA Alpha looks like an SUV and comes with aggressive design aspects. The Jimny inspired front grille could be the first element which draws onlookers attention. A nicely designed headlamps and lower claddings in the front and rear further enhances the styling of Maruti XA Alpha mini SUV. On close examination one can find out XA Alpha’s relationship with Suzuki Swift. The roof profile of Maruti XA Alpha, while seeing from the front is exactly similar to the Swift.
“India is set to become one of the top automobile markets of the world. This may become evident as early as the next Delhi Auto Expo. Maruti Suzuki will lead India’s automobile growth and evolution by strengthening its compact car portfolio, entering new segments and creating new product categories across fuel options. The Concept XA is designed for a market of customers with a young urban lifestyle. This Concept showcases the unified R&D efforts of Suzuki and Maruti which will be a big asset for us in India in the future,” said Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi.
We hope Maruti XA Alpha will hit Indian market by end of 2013 or early 2014. Yesterday we saw, Ford EcoSport making it’s global debut. Just hours later our king of small cars pulled the wraps from their own version of mini SUV in the form of Maruti XA Alpha Mini SUV. It seems Mini SUV segment could be the news maker for this year.
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