Maruti was expected to launch the Super Carry Light Commercial vehicle (LCV) in India for a long time and now, Maruti's Chairman, R C Bhargava has confirmed to ET Auto that the company's first LCV will be launched within this year.
The Maruti Super Carry has been under development for a few years and was expected to launch earlier, but had to be delayed due to re-engineering work.
According to a few sources, Maruti had to take the project back to the drawing board to rework on the load factor and make the Super Carry suitable for Indian roads.
The Super Carry LCV that is designed to be sold in the Indian market is expected to have the same 800cc diesel engine that powers the diesel Celerio in India and a CNG variant, while the export models could have a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine. Exports have already commenced.
When launched, the Maruti Super Carry LCV will compete with the Tata Ace and the Mahindra Maxximo Plus. The LCV will have a payload capacity of 1-ton.