The carmaker aims to expand its CNG line-up by introducing the fuel as an option in Nexa cars too.
Maruti Suzuki announced that sales of its CNG offerings have cumulatively crossed the million mark. The company has nine CNG vehicles in the personal and commercial segment – Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Dzire, Ertiga, Eeco, Super Carry and Tour-S.
- Maruti has nine cars in its CNG line-up
- Dzire CNG was the most recent launch
- Rivals Hyundai and Tata have launched CNG in top-end variants too
“Our S-CNG range is specifically designed, developed and manufactured at our facilities to suit the Indian driving conditions.” said Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director & CEO of Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti is also considering offering a CNG option for its Nexa range, which would bring this affordable fuel to models such as the Baleno, Ciaz and others sold in the this chain, the company’s executive director, sales and marketing, Shashank Srivastava told our sister publication Autocar Professional. A survey conducted by the company has indicated that offering a CNG option does not impact the aspirational quotient of the cars sold under Nexa.
Maruti’s competitors – Hyundai and Tata Motors – have already eyed the gap in the market and are offering CNG in higher-spec variants of their respective models, such as Hyundai’s Grand i10 Nios and Aura, and Tata’s Tiago and Tigor. These cars combine the advantage of CNG, with features like a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control as well as projector headlamps. Most buyers who opt for these cars are looking to reduce recurring fuel costs, but not at the mercy of modern comfort or convenient features.
Upcoming Maruti Suzuki launches
Meanwhile, the company continues with its product onslaught for 2022. Following laucnhes of new Baleno, updated Wagon R and Dzire CNG, Maruti has perpahs the most important launch of the year coming up during Diwali, which is the all-new Creta-rivalling midsize SUV, develeoped in collaboration with Toyota. Other models in the pipeline include a Swift CNG, all-new Alto and the Jimny as well.