Maruti Ritz is the latest car being released in 2009. Here is a quick sneak peek review on what you can expect from this car. More details to follow after the test drive for which I have already registered :)
- All new K12M Petrol engine that is made completely of aluminum. Because of this, it is light in weight when compared with other engines and expected to yield a good mileage. This engine is a 1.2L, 1197cc engine and is capable of putting out 85 PS of power at 6000rpm, with a torque of 113NM at 4500 rpm.
- If you are skeptical about the performance and reliability of the new petrol engine, you have an option to choose a diesel engine. 1.3L, multijet Diesel engine that is currently powering the Fiat Linea is the other option. This common-rail diesel is 1248cc engine which develops maximum power of 75 bhp.
Looking at the images suggest extensive use of plastic parts just like A-Star and with its stylish new interiors the Ritz also offers a center console designed to give a strong presence and easy access. It also has a host of other features like a large independent speedometer, colored fascia, dashboard display, comfortable seat fabric as well as door trim which further contribute to the fresh appeal. Another noteworthy feature here is the gear shift lever is ergonomically shaped and is positioned relatively high in the centre console (see the picture above) to minimize its distance from the steering wheel and permit extra storage space.
Mileage and Price:
The company claims that its latest K12M engine offers a mileage of 17.8 kmpl in city roads and 21.8 kmpl on highway. If this is practial, then Ritz can be recognized as the most fuel efficient car in its segment and Maruti is expecting very good market response to Maruti Ritz because of its mileage. Also, it will be first car in Indian market which will be equipped with BS-IV compliant K12M engine. Ritz will be available in 7 variants with two engine options as mentioned above in a price range between 3.9 to 5.2 lakhs along with a choice of ten colors to choose from, eight of which to have a metallic finish.
Variant Non Metallic (in Rs.) Metallic (in Rs.) RITZ LDI BS IV 4,63,970.47 4,63,970.47 RITZ VDI (ABS) BS IV 5,16,005.20 5,16,005.20 RITZ VDI BS IV 4,93,903.73 4,93,903.73 RITZ LXI BS IV 3,88,367.88 3,88,367.88 RITZ ZXI BS IV 4,80,417.08 4,80,417.08 RITZ VXI ( ABS) BS IV 4,43,701.89 4,43,701.89 RITZ VXI BS IV 4,18,683.43 4,18,683.43
** These are Ex-Showroom (Indicative) prices for Bangalore. I know the prices look the same for both metallic and non metallic, but that is what being displayed on Maruti site as of now. I shall correct it as and when the data gets updated.