Maruti Suzuki Ritz gets a makeover


Maruti Suzuki is bringing its house back to order. And the first thing it has done is to roll out the facelifted Ritz.

The Ritz that has been on sale since 2009 gets its first major update. The company claims that over 52 changes have been made to the car, though these are minor in reality. What you get is a revised front bumper design, new grille, a new housing for the fog lamps, new body-side moulding, a rear spoiler and new alloy wheels on the ZDi. There are also new colours that have been added to the family, including a new shade of blue, red and grey.

On the inside, the car now gets electrically adjustable rear view mirrors for the ZDi trim as well as a new audio system with USB, a day-night rear view mirror, a multi-information display with distance to zero reading, new steering mounted audio controls, slightly revised rear seating and airbags and ABS on the ZDi.

While no major mechanical changes have been made, the diesel motor has seens some tweaks, especially towards reducing friction and improving the calibration of the engine. This has resulted in a small jump in the fuel efficiency figures from 22.9 kpl to 23.2 kpl, as per ARAI tests.

In the process, Maruti Suzuki has temporarily discontinued the petrol version. A new one featuring VVT and an automatic gearbox option is expected in the coming months, though no timeline has been spelt out.

The prices of the revised Maruti Suzuki Ritz are as follows:

Ritz LDi: Rs 5.31 lakh
Ritz VDi: Rs 5.64 lakh
Ritz VDi (ABS): Rs 5.82 lakh
Ritz ZDi: Rs 6.23 lakh