Maruti Suzuki has taken the wraps off the all-new Super Carry, which would be having its world premiere in South Africa this month. Now in its 11th generation, the Super Carry was first launched in Japan back in 1961 under the Suzulight banner. The new-generation Super Carry also becomes the first LCV to be introduced by Suzuki Auto SA. The new Maruti Super Carry is produced in India for the SA market and goes on sale through Suzuki’s national dealer network from June at a recommended retail launch price of R129 900 (Rs. 5.60 Lakhs).
The latest Super Carry boasts an impressive payload of 750 kg, together with a class-best load bay width of 1,49 m, while a 175 mm ground clearance allows the compact bakkie to traverse challenging terrain. A turning circle of just 8.6 m ensures exceptional agility and manoeuvrability, even in tight spaces. “We’re delighted to introduce the Suzuki Super Carry to the SA market. It arrives at a time when cost efficiency, affordability and value for money are key requirements for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking an efficient, versatile and robust utility vehicle,” says Charl Grobler, manager of product planning and sales at Suzuki Auto SA.
Powering the new Super Carry is Suzuki’s tried and tested GB12 4-cylinder petrol engine. The multipoint fuel-injected unit has a maximum power output of 72bhp at 6000 rpm, combined with 101Nm of top torque at 3000 rpm. The gearbox is a five-speed manual powering the rear wheels. The combination of low weight and an economical drivetrain makes the Super Carry the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class, while also keeping running costs low. The suspension combines the ride comfort of an independent front suspension featuring MacPherson struts and coil springs, with the robustness and load carrying capacity of a rigid axle and leaf springs at the rear.
The cab-over design allow for compact dimensions and a surprisingly spacious two-seater cabin. The Super Carry is just 3,8 m long and 1,56 m wide, yet features a load deck measuring a generous 2,18 x 1,49 m. Grobler adds that Suzuki Auto SA is particularly proud that the new Super Carry will be launched locally ahead of other markets. “It proves that Suzuki considers the SA market an important one, and shares our view that the Super Carry has tremendous potential here.”