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Maruti Suzuki could discontinue Super Carry LCV diesel variants

Written by Nizam Shaikh

In July 2016, Maruti Suzuki launched it’s very first LCV, the Super Carry in India. Maruti Suzuki also introduced new dealerships dedicated to the sales of the LCV in India. The prices for the Super Carry LCV started at INR 4 lakh in 2016 and it has sold over 23,000 units since it’s launch which comes to around 12% of the LCV market share in India. In a press conference, Maruti Suzuki announced that they will not continue to sell the diesel variant of the Super Carry LCV from 1st April 2020. As the cost of upgrading it’s small 793cc, twin-cylinder engine to BSVI standards will be too high and that cost will make the LCVs final price after the upgrade an expensive deal for the customers as Maruti Suzuki will not be able to reach its cost target.

The diesel engine powering the Super Carry is a 793cc, DOHC, DDiS producing 32.1 HP of power and 75 Nm of torque coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. The steering is a rack and pinion gear manual system and it rides on McPherson strut with coil spring on the front and large spring with a rigid axle on the rear. The brakes are ventilated front hydraulic discs and a drum brake setup for the rear.

The petrol CNG engine variant on the Super Carry has a maximum displacement of 1,196cc, SOHC, MPFI producing 64.3 HP of power and 85 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The Super Carry LCV measures 3,800mm in length, 1,562mm in width, 1,883mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,110mm. The loading deck is 2,183mm long, 1,488mm wide and 300mm in height with a payload capacity of 740 kg on the diesel and 625mm on the CNG variant. The kerb weight of the vehicle is 860 kg for the diesel variant and 975 kg for the CNG variant and the gross vehicle weight is 1,600 kg and it has a 30-litre capacity fuel tank on the diesel and a 70-litre (water equivalent) on the CNG variant.

In terms of features and safety, the Super Carry gets retractable seat belts, fire extinguisher, lockable glove box, cabin lights, ORVMs on both sides, a 12v accessory socket, hazard lamps etc. However, it misses out on an air-conditioning unit. Maruti Suzuki will continue with the sales of the Super Carry LCV with a petrol and CNG variant.