In order to make room for the upcoming Ignis hatchback, the Indian carmaker has stopped production of the Ritz.
According to Maruti Suzuki’s dealership, Rohan Motors, Chhatarpur, the company has stopped the production of the Ritz from October, 2016, so that new and more feature rich Ignis can be added to the lineup. Since its production from 2009, the Maruti Suzuki Ritz has done reasonably well, in terms of sales. By May 2012, the car has already crossed two lakh sales including exports. In 2012, Maruti Suzuki launched the Ritz facelift with minor cosmetic updates, however, the car didn’t manage to increase the company’s sales and with the introduction of the Maruti Suzuki Ignis around the corner, the Ritz would no longer be needed.
The Maruti Suzuki Ritz is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel engine, mated to both 5-speed manual transmission. A potential buyer can also purchase an automatic gearbox version, however, it is available only on some petrol engine powered variants. The petrol engine generates 85 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and churns out a peak torque of 114 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The rated fuel efficiency for the petrol trims is 18.50 kmpl for the manual and 17.16 kmpl for the automatic. The diesel unit, although less powerful, develops 73 hp at 4,000 rpm, has more torque at 190 Nm and has a higher a claimed fuel economy of 23.2 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the Ignis that has been spied several times on Indian roads. The new entry from Maruti Suzuki’s stable will replace the Ritz and will undercut the Baleno, in terms of pricing. The hatchback was also showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo held in February 2016 and is expected to be powered by a 1.0 litre Boosterjet three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. The new Boosterjet petrol engine will develop around 110 hp of power and likely to be paired to a five-speed manual unit. There are speculations on an automatic gearbox to be available for this engine option, however, there is no official confirmation from the company. The Maruti Suzuki Ignis is expected to be priced between Rs 4.9 and Rs 7.25 lakh, ex-showroom. Maruti Suzuki will also launch the Baleno RS that will be sold alongside the standard Baleno through Nexa dealerships.