Maruti unveils LCV Super Carry for exports to South Africa

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has unveiled its Super Carry light commercial vehicle (LCV), to be launched in South Africa in June. The Super Carry, with a payload capacity of 750 kg, will be produced and exported from India.

Maruti Suzuki, which had last year planned to make a big splash into the LCV market, is likely to introduce the Super Carry in India later this year. Instead the Super carry will now be launched in South Africa.

Suzuki Auto SA will launch the Super Carry in the South African market in June this year. The India made LCV has been priced at Rand 1,29,900 (approx Rs5,58,000).

The LCV measures 3.8-metres in length, 1.56 metres in width, while the loading bay measures 2.18 x 1.49 metres and has a payload capacity of up to 750 kg. The model comes with a ground clearance of 175mm.

Suzuki South Africa is aiming to attract small business owners with the new Super Carry. The LCV's interiors remain basic with a three-spoke steering wheel, twin trays on the dashboard and a basic instrument cluster. There is a slot for an infotainment system, which we presume will be optional.

In terms of power, the Suzuki Super Carry will draw power from a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in South Africa that is tuned to produce 72 hp of power at 6000 rpm and 101Nm of torque at 3000rpm. The motor comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. Wheelbase and suspension are modelled on MacPherson Struts, with rigid axle and leaf springs at the rear.

Suzuki is offering a three-year or 1,00,000 km warranty on the LCV, which it claims to be the most fuel efficient vehicle in its class by the company.

The Super Carry for the domestic launch is expected to come with LPG/CNG variants. The 0.8-litre twin-cylinder diesel engine that made its debut on the Celerio last year will also power the LCV.

Prices can be expected to commence around 4 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Super Carry, when it goes on sale.