Despite declining sales in the segment, Maruti will launch the Super Carry LCV this fiscal in a phased manner with some states getting the model first as part of a pilot project.
Maruti Suzuki has been developing the Super Carry Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) for over a year now and marks the Indian auto giant’s comeback to the commercial vehicle space after decades. However, the segment has been going through a rough patch in the current financial year with other products witnessing a sharp decline in sales. Nonetheless, the automaker is optimistic about its all-new LCV and growth strategy, and recently conveyed that it will indeed be launching the Super Carry in the Indian market during the current financial year.
Codenamed ‘Y9T’, the Maruti Super Carry is in the final stages of testing and sports a utilitarian design with flat body panels while the payload capacity is expected to be around 1 tonne. Powering the LCV will be the newly developed 792cc twin-cylinder diesel engine (derivative also found on the Celerio diesel) and is likely to churn out 45 BHP and 125 Nm of torque. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol engine from the Eeco on offer with a CNG version that is said to produce 35-40 BHP of power and will return a fuel efficiency figure of around 35 km/l.
Maruti plans to have a separate dealer network for its LCV range independent of the passenger vehicle business and will be introducing the Super Carry in a phased manner. The launch will be conducted in a few states first before the model is introduced pan India. With other commercial vehicle segments showing promising growth in the domestic market, the LCV segment too is under pressure to show some signs of growth. At present, the segment is dominated by the Tata Ace range and also saw new launches like the Eicher Polaris Multix and Mahindra Jeeto. The launch date for the Super Carry is still under wraps.