Maruti Suzuki the brand that is loved by Indians since their first car launch of the Maruti 800 and Omni 800. The company has always stayed at the top of the sales charts every month even to date and has made new records and milestones for themselves and a benchmark for other brands. Since the debut, Maruti Suzuki has produced many vehicles which have been loved by Indians wholeheartedly, mainly for their affordability and mileage, but some of them weren’t that bright from the lot as a result they didn’t perform as per the expectation of the manufacturer and got discontinued following the sales record. Here are some cars that didn’t perform that well in the Indian market.
Maruti SX4 For the gentleman
SX4 was launched by Maruti in 2004, the premium looks and stylish interior made SX4 an instant success for the Maruti sedan. It was powered by a 1.6L VVT petrol engine, which produces 104hp of power and 145Nm of torque. SX4 even got many good reviews and market benefits with the price range, but with the advent of the diesel engines in the segment, SX4 started losing their awes around 2011. Suzuki even relaunched the SX4 diesel variant of 1.3L DDis engine which produce 88hp of power and 200Nm of torque and tried to revive the SX4 but at that time many brands also introduced their diesel segment sedan with the addition of new tech and advancements, it was too late for the car by then. The SX4 sedan was discontinued in 2014.
Kizashi the Premium car Maruti Ever made
It was time when the global level recession was at its peak, at that time when every sector was facing a recession and was trying to revive itself, Maruti Suzuki launched its first premium sedan Kizashi. The car introduced the CBU route which made Kizashi’s retail by Maruti Suzuki at a higher price than the expected price due to import duties. The biggest failure of the car was due to their brand reputation of making the most affordable and fuel-efficient cars, at that time Kizashi was not affordable at Indian markets that’s why it failed in India with not so good sales numbers.
Zen Estilo (Bad recreation)
Since the launch of Zen 1st generation, it was a good option for low-budget compact hatchback lovers, you might also like it. Zen Estilo was launched after the discontinuation of Zen. It was never able to hit the design of old generation Zen and pretty different from what people were expected. Zen Estilo was discontinued in 2014.
Launched in India through the NEXA channel of Maruti Suzuki, Baleno has been the most successful subcompact car but at the time of launch it was not a hatchback really because of the low competition in the Indian market Baleno was successful at that time. Baleno launched as a premium sedan segment. It was launched in 1999 and discontinued in 2007. It was now introduced again in India as sub-4m compact SUV through NEXA, and as per the sales chart figures, it is going well in the Indian market.
Grand Vitara XL7 (another failed effort )
The Grand Vitara was launched in India in 2003. It was powered by a 2.5L V6 engine, which makes it Maruti Powerful SUV in India at that time. It was Maruti Suzuki’s first time taking the CBU route for offering Vitara XL7. CBU route to bring its one of its premium SUV offering after being ruled out by Mahindra and TATA.