The automaker plans to expand its CNG lineup by making the fuel available in Nexa vehicles as well.
Maruti Suzuki has announced that sales of its CNG vehicles have surpassed one million units. In the personal and commercial segment, the company offers nine CNG vehicles: the Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Dzire, Ertiga, Eeco, Super Carry, and Tour-S.
- Maruti has nine cars in its CNG line-up
- Dzire CNG was the most recent launch
- Rivals Hyundai and Tata have launched CNG in top-end variants too
“Our S-CNG range has been specifically designed, developed, and manufactured at our facilities to suit Indian driving conditions,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, Maruti Suzuki’s managing director and CEO.
Shashank Srivastava, Maruti’s executive director of sales and marketing, told our sister publication Autocar Professional that the company is considering offering a CNG option for its Nexa range, which would bring this affordable fuel to models like the Baleno, Ciaz, and others sold in the chain. According to a survey conducted by the company, offering a CNG option has no effect on the aspirational quotient of Nexa cars.
Hyundai and Tata Motors, Maruti’s competitors, have already noticed the gap in the market and are offering CNG in higher-spec variants of their respective models, such as the Grand i10 Nios and Aura from Hyundai and the Tiago and Tigor from Tata. These vehicles combine the benefits of CNG with amenities such as a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, and projector headlamps. Most buyers of these cars want to save money on gas in the long run, but not at the expense of modern comfort or convenience features.
Maruti Suzuki’s Upcoming Launches
Meanwhile, the company continues to push out new products for 2022. Following the launches of the new Baleno, updated Wagon R, and Dzire CNG, Maruti has the most important launch of the year, the all-new Creta-rivaling midsize SUV, developed in collaboration with Toyota, coming up during Diwali. A Swift CNG, all-new Alto, and Jimny are among the other models in the works.