Maruti Suzuki has confirmed that the Suzuki Jimny and the Swift Sport will not make their way to the Indian market. According to CV Raman, senior executive director (Engg), Maruti Suzuki, during the media ride of the facelifted 2018 Ciaz that the third-gen Swift Sport will not be introduced here like its past two generations. However, the reasons are different for both the cars for not getting launched in the country.
First talking about the Swift Sport, the company says that the hatchback will be too expensive being a hatchback if it comes to the Indian market. The UK-spec Swift Sport weighing 975 kg, gets a powerful 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine producing 138 bhp of maximum power and 230Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual and capable of doing 0-100 kmph sprint in 8.1 seconds. The engine alone would drive costs up a whole lot and since the automaker has already been in the same shoes earlier with the S-Cross, they are not in mood to risk another best-selling car for the same reason in the Indian market. However, others such as the Punto Abarth, Baleno RS and the Polo GT in the segment have not proved to be beneficial for their respective automakers in the country. Hence, Maruti Suzuki will not bring the global hot-seller Swift Sport in India.
Moving towards the much anticipated Suzuki Jimny, Maruti Suzuki feels that the Indians don’t have a thing for small 3-door SUV as expected by the automaker. Being a recreational vehicle, Jimny isn't something that most of the customers would buy as their primary car. Looking at the sales performance of the Thar and the near negligible sales of the Force Gurkha in the segment, seconds the doubt of the manufacturer, hence not bringing the SUV to the Indian market.
Though, auto enthusiasts in the country wish to see these cars running on the Indian roads, but currently it seems to be dream only. However, we definitely wish to see these cars in India in the future, if the automaker changes its plan and introduce the vehicles in the Indian market.
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