Maruti Suzuki launches the Maruti Suzuki Ritz in India. This is another new offering from Maruti in the A2 segment which it already dominates in India.
The Ritz, also known as the Splash in other markets, is a car that’s built on the same platform as the very successful Swift. It has all the modern engineering that made the Swift so successful, as well as large size interiors and a generous dose of style. Unlike the Swift however, the target is not young style conscious owners who enjoy a spirited drive. The Ritz is designed to appeal more as a family hatch back.
The car is a tall boy design, with large swept back headlamps and big striking grille. The big wheel arches are used to give the car a planted stance, the roof dips towards the rear. Maruti Suzuki Ritz uses the same wheels and tyre’s as the Swift. The most striking feature of the car is the headlamps.
Under the hood of the petrol version is Maruti’s new K series engine. Called the K12, with 1200cc capacity, this is a very modern twin overhead camshaft motor that puts out a very strong 85 bhp. The diesel is the same exceptional Fiat 1.3 Multijet, called the DDis here, just like on the Swift.
This car has the best interior seen on a compact Maruti. The two tone dash is well designed, with the subtle grey inserts and an attractive looking central console. Familiar bits include steering and gearlever from the Swift and Dzire with the speedometer and pop up tachometer similar to that seen on the A-star.
There are no cheap plastic bits and seat comfort at the front is very good as well. Legroom at the rear however is enough but not abundant. But this is partially taken care off by the high seat, which means you need less space for your legs. The boot however should have been a bit larger.
more info is available at www.marutisuzukiritz.com