The year 2020 has been nothing short of a catastrophe for automakers – both in India and other markets. The country’s largest auto brand, Maruti Suzuki, has been through turmoil as well. With plummeting demand and shutdown of its manufacturing facilities, operating costs went through the roof. So it didn’t come as a surprise when the company recently announced that it will be increasing the prices of its cars from January 2021. As expected, Maruti Suzuki mentioned that the hike in prices was primarily down to the increase in its input costs, AKA higher operating costs. This bump will obviously be passed on to the end consumer, thus reflecting in the sticker price.
Maruti Suzuki hasn’t yet confirmed the actual figures, neither the percentage nor the final pricing of its cars for 2021. Either way, if you are in the market for a new Maruti Suzuki car, this is probably the right time to pull the trigger. The brand currently has about a dozen different models in its line-up in India, with the Alto being the cheapest. It starts from just Rs 2.95 lakh for the base variant, with the most expensive variant costing Rs 4.36 lakh. Similarly, the Celerio also is pretty inexpensive – priced from Rs 4.41 lakh to Rs 5.68 lakh. One of the automaker’s best-selling cars, the WagonR, costs between Rs 4.46 lakh and Rs 6.00 lakh, and is available in up to a dozen variants.
Then there are the hatchback stars that well-liked and received – the Swift and Baleno. The Maruti Suzuki Swift starts from Rs 5.19 lakh, while the slightly more upscale Baleno costs from Rs 5.64 lakh. At the top-end, these figures jump to Rs 8.02 lakh and Rs 8.96 lakh, respectively. Of its two sedans, the Dzire is obviously the most affordable. It starts from Rs 5.89 lakh for the base variant, whilst the Ciaz is priced from Rs 8.32 lakh. And if you want all the bells & whistles, the fully-loaded Dzire will set you back by Rs 8.80 lakh. Meanwhile, the top variant of the Ciaz is priced at Rs 11.10 lakh.
If you want something that looks like a small SUV but has none of the actual attributes of one, there is the S-Presso. It starts from Rs 3.70 lakh for the entry-level variant, with the range-topping car costing Rs 5.13 lakh. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more substantial, there is the Vitara Brezza. It is not only larger and more powerful (relatively speaking, of course), but also much safer. The starting price of the Vitara Brezza is Rs 7.34 lakh, while the range-topping variant comes in at Rs 11.40 lakh. The XL6 is not only the most expensive Maruti Suzuki car on sale right now, but also their most premium offering. Its sticker price ranges between Rs 9.85 lakh to Rs 11.51 lakh, and is essentially an Ertiga underneath.
Speaking of which, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is one the most successful and top-selling models in the company’s history. The compact MPV starts from Rs 7.59 lakh for the base variant, with the fully-loaded one costing Rs 10.13 lakh. As for the Eeco van, its price tag ranges between Rs 3.81 lakh to Rs 6.84 lakh. Do note that all the prices mentioned here are ex-showroom, Delhi. Considering the hardships, Maruti Suzuki did quite well in 2020. However, to recoup the money that has been lost this year, the automaker has no choice but to hike prices from 2021.