Maruti Suzuki India Limited is ready to splash the Indian auto market once again this year. It is all set to launch its model Maruti Ritz in India in early May 2009. The model is a global from Maruti Suzuki India Limited and it will be sold as Suzuki Splash in the overseas market.
The new Maruti Ritz will be pitted against Skoda Fabia, Hyundai i20 and the upcoming Honda Jazz and Gran Punto. The expected price of the model is Rs. 4 – 4.5 lakh and will be placed closer to Swift. The new model will be powered by 1.2L petrol engine and 1.3L multi-jet diesel engine. ICAT has already given its green signal to the new model and has given its approval for the launch of the model in the Indian auto market.
Maruti launched A-star last year and the model has been doing quite well. The company is already ready to phase out its most popular model M800 and Omni as they will be unfit as per the Euro IV norms by 2015-16. It definitely needs new models in its product portfolio to replace these successful models that have existed since past few decades. Maruti Ritz will be the ninth small car model from Maruti in India.