Maruti Suzuki is expected to end production of its Ritz hatchback for the Indian market soon. The Indo-Japanese automaker’s tall boy numbers had been down for a while and last month the sales dropped from 2515 units to just 5 units.
The Ritz has been one of those budget models for Maruti that has not achieved the kind of success its similarly priced siblings (wearing the same badge) have achieved. Launched in 2009, it underwent a single facelift in late 2012 but has pretty much remained the same overall.
However, the automaker is still listing the car on its official website and has priced it in the range of Rs 4.31 lakh to Rs 6.14 lakh for the petrol range and Rs 5.50 lakh to Rs 6.58 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the diesel models.
It is expected to be replaced by the Ignis hatchback, a model more in time with the current trend with the hatchback crossover body style. The car was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.
The Ritz is offered with the 1.2-litre petrol engine producing 85bhp/113Nm as well as a 1.3-litre diesel producing 73bhp/190Nm. The former can be had with a five-speed manual/four-speed AT while the latter is only available with a five-speed manual.