Maruti Suzuki's next car for the Indian market could be completely developed in the country. Speaking to Economic Times, Managing Director of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Kenichi Ayukawa revealed this information.
Ayukawa said, "Our next car should be developed in India by Indian engineers ." Although Maruti leads the passenger vehicle segment in the country, it is yet to develop a car in India.
Maruti Suzuki has developed products specifically for Indian conditions such as the Vitara Brezza. Speaking about Brezza, Ayukawa said, "Of course, the platform was developed in Japan but the top part (the body) was developed by the R&D team in India".
Maruti Suzuki is setting up its Research and Development centre in Rohtak. The first phase of the project will be completed in 2018. The new R&D centre will play a vital role in the development of the next product.
But there is no information about the next product from Maruti Suzuki. It is unlikely to be the next-gen Alto or Wagon R, as the products are already under development in collaboration with Suzuki Japan's R&D division.
The next car from Maruti Suzuki is expected to be a hatchback to rival the Renault Kwid. The new A-segment product is likely to be based on the Crosshiker concept showcased in 2013.
With the development of the next car in India, Maruti Suzuki is aiming to dominate the entry-level hatchback segment in the country. The India-made car is likely to hit the roads in 2022 if the project starts by 2018.