India’s favourite passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki has discontinued the production of its hatchback Ritz from 1st October. Last month it was reported that the brand has lowered the volume of production of the Ritz hatchback in order to focus on manufacturing more units of the newly launched models such as Vitara Brezza and Baleno.
However the company hasn’t issued any information regarding the stopped production of the hatchback. Since the dealerships already have some stocks, the sales of the hatchback would continue.
The Ritz internationally was named as the Splash debuted in India way back in the year of 2009 and it was an instant success with unconventional design, powerful engine and good mileage. The hatchback received its much needed facelift in 2012 which helped to increase its sales further, but suddenly the sales number dropped immensely after the launch of better products from other brands. Last year Suzuki replaced the Ritz with the Celerio globally, however it went on to sale in India alongside the Celerio. Now reports from various agencies support to the fact that the Ritz would be replaced by the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis which is all set to be launched by the end of this year.
The once popular hatchback was powered by two engine options, one is 1.2 liter petrol and the other is 1.3 liter Fiat sourced turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol mill used to develop 86 bhp and 114 nm of torque, where as the diesel mill produced 74 bhp and 190 nm of torque. Both the engines were further connected to a 5 speed manual transmission system, which worked like a charm. The short and precise throw of the gear alongside nicely weighted steering made the car a nice city roundabout, however due to its tall boy design the car had a bit of body roll in the corners.
Ignis would be the first compact SUV from the house of Maruti Suzuki, which would be sold via Nexa dealerships. The Maruti Ignis would be powered by a 1.2liter petrol engine and 1.3liter Fiat sourced diesel engine. Only time could tell if Ignis can create the magic for Maruti Suzuki once again that was created by the Ritz.