If reports are true, then Maruti Suzuki will be discontinuing its Ritz hatchback in India. Maruti has stopped the production of the Ritz from October 1, 2016. Maruti had launched the Ritz back in 2009 and was a mediocre selling vehicle for the company.
Maruti Suzuki gave the Ritz a mid-life facelift in 2012 in an effort to boost its sales - not that it was faring badly in terms of sales. The company is expected to replace the Ritz with the upcoming Ignis crossover hatchback.
The production might have been stopped; however, there will be sales of the Ritz till the existing stocks are cleared.
Apart from what dealers have the inventory of the Ritz, the company has few units of the hatchback at the factory. This will be dispatched to the dealers to clear the entire stocks of the Ritz.
Maruti had positioned the Ritz hatchback between the WagonR and the Swift and it had immediate takers when it was launched.
The hatchback was not the best when it came to the looks, but was efficient and the ease of driving helped gain attention among buyers.
Maruti had powered the Ritz with the choice of a diesel and a petrol units. While the petrol unit was a 1.2-litre four cylinder engine which churned out 86bhp and a peak torque of 114Nm.
The diesel mill was of 1.3-litre DDiS producing 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both the engine were offered with the 5-speed manual gearbox, except for the petrol which came with an option of an automatic gearbox for the mid-variant.