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Old 11th April 2007, 22:14   #151
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Or maybe MUL will start with the petrol variants and bring in the diesel a little later. Who knows ? Till MUL actually reveals the cards, all we can do is speculate.
Diesel will definetly be on the cards, just a question of when. The 1.3 diesel should be good enough.. in a higher state of tune.

However, I am a little dissapointed with Maruti deciding to stick with the old 1.6 petrol. Sure, great engine now updated to 100+ bhp etc...but Suzuki does have leaner, meaner, newer petrols in service abroad. Given Maruti's expertise with localisation, this should not be too far away.

I trust that Maruti will price the SX4 wisely. (else, hold your purchase and buy cheap 2 years later ) 8.5 lacs OTR for top of the line petrol is just OK, considering the saving they make by using existing engines. If so, expect the diesel to be closer to 10 lac (that with a 1.3 diesel, damn!)
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The Santro, Matiz and WagonR were the first tall-n-short tallboys, made intentionally taller to accomodate more with a low footprint. Then came the Indica/Indigo.

Then the sleek low-slung Honda City was replaced with a bulbous urban tall boy New Honda City. Then came the Chevrolet Aveo(Daewoo Gentra).
and Zen was replaced with a tall boy Zen-Estilo.

Now even the sleek low-slung Baleno will be replaced with a bulbous tall boy SX4-Baleno.

Creating space by growing the Z dimension seems to be the latest fad among small car manufacturers.

I know that they'll never try a tallboy big car. It'll look like an Innova with a dikky.

Is the era of low-slung sleek small cars (like the Zen and Esteem) over?
in a land where the average height of a gent is less than 6', why tallboys ? weren't we comfortable sitting in the zen or the amby ?

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Ambassador (and cars of that era) was a big tall sedan. Like fashion, it comes back a full circle, looks like.
I wouldn't exactly call the amby a tall boy. Just compare the height of the doors & you will know what i am talking about.
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GM will sell Subarus
OT but GM does not own Subaru anymore.
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OT but GM does not own Subaru anymore.
yeps...toyota picked up GM's stake in Subaru, didn't they ???
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Dont want to go more off topic except for a couple of points.
Tall boys are beneficial because can provide less legroom and still not cause discomfort.
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Yeah,right.
And Mitsubishi will sell EVOs, GM will sell Subarus.
Stop dreaming!
GM did sell the Forester.
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in a land where the average height of a gent is less than 6', why tallboys ? weren't we comfortable sitting in the zen or the amby ?
I wouldn't exactly call the amby a tall boy. Just compare the height of the doors & you will know what i am talking about.
Amby is definetly a tall boy based on wheel size, tire profile, ground clearance. H point height and H-point to heel height. As far as the doors, they are taller and narrower than an Esteem or OHC.

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While the wishlist are being made,I make an addition to the list, wish maruti give an automatic transmission option as well.
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In the U.S, the new sedan (not hatch) is slotted against Corolla and Civic. What would that mean in terms of positioning in India ? It cant be competing with Verna, Fiesta etc.,
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I can almost be sure of there wont be a 2lt petrol sedan available in india atleast initially. What you are talking about is a US site with details about a wagon type SX4.
I was agreeing to this post

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Because in India SX4 will have Old Baleno engine but in case of US, SX4 must be having newer engine option.
And thats why posted US specs
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any news on the launch or the pricing? and any more scoop pictures?
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Baleno picture gallery:

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I think Maruti will call it the Baleno SX4. Sounds good without losing the old name.
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I think Maruti will call it the Baleno SX4. Sounds good without losing the old name.
I don't think that would be a good strategy... the baleno name comes with too much baggage - I would prefer maruti making a fresh start with the SX4!!
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Nice Pics Geek!!! In some pics I noticed that SX4 is with the sporty side skirts...looked like a shoddy DC job!!!
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Why cant Suzuki launch the 2.0L all-wheel-drive hatchback (available in the international mkt), and tout is a mini SUV in say the 7-9lac range. I am sure that should become quite popular considering there is NOTHING else as compact in that segment. What say?
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Why cant Suzuki launch the 2.0L all-wheel-drive hatchback (available in the international mkt), and tout is a mini SUV in say the 7-9lac range. I am sure that should become quite popular considering there is NOTHING else as compact in that segment. What say?
I was surprised to when I heard that they are launching the SX4 sedan rather than the baby-SUV version. Maruti would have done themselves good if they'd launched the SX4 as it used to be and avoided bracketing themselves between other cars.
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