Maruti Suzuki might be considering developing an all new premium sedan that will replace the now discontinued Maruti Suzuki Kizashi. The Kizashi was launched in India in 2011, but turned out to be a sales dud as a result of competition in the form of Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Octavia. This was further highlighted by the fact that the car came only with a petrol engine option in India. Moreover, at a price range of INR 15-20 lakh, the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi didn t make for a good option for the price conscious Indian market. Also read: Upcoming new Maruti Suzuki cars to launch in India in 2017-18; Dzire, Vitara Brezza Petrol, Swift & S-Cross Also Read - BHB vs KAH Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Hints Assam T20 Match 13: Captain, Vice-Captain - Barak Bravehearts vs Kaziranga Heroes, Playing 11s And Team News For Today's T20 Match at Judges Field 9 AM IST September 24 Friday

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However, this is about to change as Maruti Suzuki is open to developing a new car that will replace the discontinued Kizashi. Recently, while speaking to the media at press conference, Kenichi Ayukawa, CEO and Managing Director – Maruti Suzuki, said, “Can’t deny the possibility of a sedan to replace the space vacant by the discontinued Kizashi.” Furthermore, Maruti Suzuki has found tremendous success through its NEXA channel of dealerships for its premium cars like the Maruti S-Cross, Ciaz, Baleno and the Ignis. The company recently moved the Ciaz to its NEXA channel, making it a premium offering. Read More: New Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017 bookings open officially at INR 11,000; India launch on 16 May Also Read - PM Modi Meets Australian Counterpart Scott Morrison; Discusses Economic, People-to-People Ties

Developing a premium sedan that will be positioned above the Maruti Ciaz makes better sense now as compared to when the Kizashi was launched in India. Not only was the market nascent at that point in time, but the Indian consumers were price conscious as well. That said, the Indian automotive market has significantly developed now with an array of premium offerings in the premium sedan as well as other segments. However, to compete with cars like the Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and the new Corolla Altis, Maruti Suzuki will have to develop a completely new product that will be based on an all-new platform.

The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi replacement has to offer premium features along with good interior space. The Maruti Ciaz platform is comparatively smaller one and won t serve the purpose for a premium sedan. Speaking about the power-trains, the Kizashi replacement should come equipped with the 1.6-litre DDiS diesel engine producing 118 BHP of power and 320 Nm of peak torque, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox along with an optional automatic transmission. Knowing that the rivals in this segment come equipped with more powerful engines, Maruti Suzuki might consider bringing in the Fiat sourced 2.0-litre MultiJet diesel unit along with its own petrol power-train. If Maruti Suzuki plans to launch this car in India, it should come in 2019.

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