Country’s leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. is in the final stages of completing the process of establishing its upcoming new plant in Gujarat.
The new manufacturing unit, which is situated in the Mehsana district of the state, will be a state-of-the-art facility, owned by Maruti’s parent organization, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), Japan.
The SMC plant will roll out the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback, which is currently topping the charts of the B+ segment, as well as the next iteration of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. The plant will initially roll out around 10,000 units of the Baleno hatchback, with a production bias of more than 50 per cent favoring the petrol variants and the rest being diesel powered.
The production of Baleno will commence from February 2017 and SMC will be manufacturing these cars and giving to Maruti Suzuki to sell them in the Indian market. Maruti also plans to build the new Swift Dzire at its upcoming plant in Gujarat, which is expected to be launched in the country by mid of 2017 or early 2018.
The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire will supposedly be based on a heavily reworked platform of the Baleno and hence, will lead to the car shedding more than 50 kilograms of its weight. The new platform will lead the car to be more efficient as well as having it more strength. Suzuki is also working on new diesel engines, which could also find making their way into the new Swift and the Swift DZire.
Apart from this, company’s new turbocharged petrol engine, the 1.0-litre Boosterjet could also be seen getting offered in both these cars. Maruti Suzuki had also showcased the Boosterjet equipped version of the Baleno at this year’s auto expo and that is also in the pipeline and will most likely by early next year, around February 2017.