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Future models to have new generation engines: Maruti news
23 April 2007

New Delhi: Maruti Udyog will begin incorporating new generation engines confirming to Euro IV and Euro V norms in its models beginning with the SX4 sedan slated for launch next month.

The investment in engines is a part of the Rs9,000-crore outlay the company has announced. This is in order to align itself with parent Suzuki Motor Corporation''s strategy of complying with stricter emission norms. Suzuki is producing Euro IV and Euro V-compliant engines for Europe.

The M-series engine on the SX4 sedan will mark the beginning of the new generation engines in India. At present, the M-series, called the future of Suzuki engines, is being imported from Japan and fitted with a few components at Suzuki Powertrain India''s facility at Manesar near Gurgaon for the SX4 sedan. The company is in the process of increasing the localisation levels.

The company would have four platforms for its cars, of which three already exist. The Alto, Zen and Wagon R are based on the first. Swift is based on the second and SX4 would be on the third platform. The fourth platform would be any bigger car that the company may launch in the future.

Maruti is launching its SX 4 sedan targeted at the A4 segment in the first week of May. It would be equipped with 1.6 litre M-Series petrol engine and priced at around Rs7 lakh

SX4 would be competing with cars such as the Honda City, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Verna. It would also mark Maruti''s strategy to position itself as an aggressive player in the premium segment. The Esteem will continue to be the company''s entry-level sedan, with price points close to the aggressive pricing of Mahindra-Renault''s Logan.

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Future models to have new generation engines: Maruti