Suzuki Splash

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Suzuki Splash
Suzuki Splash BCN2009.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerSuzuki
Also calledOpel Agila
Vauxhall Agila
Maruti Suzuki Ritz
Production2008–2014 (Japan/Europe)
2009–2015 (India/Indonesia)
AssemblyEsztergom, Hungary (Magyar Suzuki)
Manesar, India (Maruti Suzuki)
Body and chassis
ClassCity car
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedSuzuki Swift[1]
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L K10B I3 (petrol)
1.2 L K12B I4 (petrol)
1.3 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length3,720 mm (146.5 in)
Width1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height1,590 mm (62.6 in)
Chronology
PredecessorSuzuki Wagon R+ (Europe)
SuccessorSuzuki Celerio (Europe/Asia)
Suzuki Ignis

The Suzuki Splash (Japanese: スズキスプラッシュ) is a city car introduced to the market in 2008. It was jointly developed by Suzuki Motor Corporation and Adam Opel AG, which market their version under the name of Agila. Its debut as a concept car took place in 2006 Paris Auto Show, making its production form debut at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show.[2]

Global Branding[edit]

In the European market lineup, the Splash was located below the Swift and used a shortened wheelbase version of its chassis. In the Japanese market lineup, however, the car was situated between the Swift and the Solio. The model was launched with two versions of petrol engines, a three-cylinder 1.0 litre and four-cylinder 1.2 litre Family 0, and a four-cylinder 1.3 litre version of Fiat's MultiJet diesel engine. Unlike its predecessor, the Wagon R+, the Splash has five seats as standard. The Splash was also marketed as the Vauxhall Agila in the United Kingdom and as the Opel Agila in other European markets.

The model was introduced to the Japanese market on 20 October 2008, available as the Splash 1.2 for ¥1,239,000.

Maruti Suzuki released the Splash in India as Maruti Suzuki Ritz. In Indonesia, the Splash was launched on 21 March 2010. In China, it was released by Changhe Suzuki towards the end of 2010.[3] The Splash also went on sale in New Zealand in 2011. This multi-continental interest reflects the popularity that Suzuki's small cars have had in recent years.

The car was discontinued in Europe at the end of 2014.[4] It was replaced by the new Suzuki Celerio beginning in the summer of 2015. The new model is imported from Thailand.[5] It was also discontinued in Indonesia in June 2016.

Summary[edit]

Rear of the Splash
Interior of the Splash
Logo of a Suzuki Splash

The Suzuki Splash meets the criteria in the European market of the compact car. The Splash's body size relative to the Suzuki Swift (second generation, ZC # system) - also a compact vehicle - is smaller; even more so than the Takashi Tamotsu, also 30mm the wheelbase is shorter 2,360 mm.

The engine cylinder in the three series (K10B type) 1000 cc is a petrol engine, a four-cylinder (K12B type) 1200 cc which is the series made by Fiat 1300 cc and is available with a four-cylinder direct injection diesel multi-jet engine, 5 MT or 4 AT, and with various other combinations.

In 2008, Suzuki under the management of General Motors (GM), a company based in the United States with equity participation, supplied the Splash from GM related to its subsidiary in the European OEM. Opel released the "Agila" model for two generations (the first model 'Wagon R +' was the sister car). The Suzuki global strategy was deployed in two stages:[6] The first involves the manufacture of the original vehicle type: the sport manufactured by Suzuki in India. Future versions will be manufactured and sold by Suzuki China.

India: Maruti Suzuki[edit]

In the Indian auto market, the Suzuki Splash was renamed as the 'Maruti Suzuki Ritz'. Maruti Suzuki changed its name because the name “Splash” was already registered by Ford. This car was immensely successful, with more than 200,000 Ritz sold within the first thirty seven months of release, all without the support of any sort of advertisement campaign. The Ritz now competes with the Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, VW Polo, Tata Indica, Fiat Punto, Škoda Fabia and even its own sibling, the Suzuki Swift.

In India, the Maruti Ritz is available in ten specifications; five with a range of petrol and diesel engine options, the petrol variants powered by the company’s popular 1.2L (1197 cc), K12M petrol engine. The light weight all aluminum K12M engine delivers 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) a maximum power at 6000 rpm with 113 N⋅m (83 lb⋅ft) of maximum torque 4000 rpm. The mileage it delivers on city roads is around 14.5 km/l, and 18 km/l on highways.

The diesel variants of Maruti Ritz are powered by Fiat’s 1.3L Multijet diesel engine. The 1.3L, 1248 cc. DDiS diesel engines are well known for excellent fuel efficiency and performance. This engine delivers 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) at a maximum power of 4000 rpm with 190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) a maximum torque of 2000 rpm. The mileage it delivers is 17.7 km/l in the city and on the highway: 21 km/l. Whilst the petrol 1.2 engine (also used in the Swift & DZire) seems relatively underpowered, having stats of 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp).

A new version of Ritz was launched in India in 2012. This version sports a new ZDI variant, three new colors, and improved fuel efficiency.

The Maruti Suzuki Ritz 2015 model was launched with a redesigned trim. This model, however of the Ritz is based on similar technical engine specification as that of its predecessor. As part of the upgrades the vehicle received a new front fascia with a new grille, headlamps and bumpers. The vehicle is also likely to sport new alloy wheels, new seat upholstery and a new infotainment system.

Maruti Ritz models

Maruti Ritz LXi This is the base model of the petrol version, features include: 60:40 folding rear seat, a cup holder, ashtray, iCATS, child locks, power steering, manual air conditioning, body coloured bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, a roof antenna, double horn, etc.
Maruti Ritz VXI This is the upgraded model of petrol version, with BS IV emission and features such as: fabric inserts on door trims, front power windows, rear power windows, full wheel cover, a black colored B pillar, a seatbelt reminder, front seat under tray, a rear spoiler etc.
Maruti Ritz VXI (ABS) This is another upgraded model of the petrol version with all the features of Maruti Ritz VXI (BS IV) and anti-lock braking system (ABS) as an added safety feature.
Maruti Ritz ZXI This is the premium model of the petrol version with additional extra features: A radio + CD player with speakers, parcel tray, seat height adjuster, cigar lighter, tilt steering, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual air bags, a front ELR seat belt with pre tensioner, electrically adjustable ORVM, five doors with central locking, etc.
Maruti Ritz LDI This base model of the diesel version featured 60:40 folding rear seat, an in-console cup holder, an ashtray, iCATS, child locks, power steering, manual air conditioner, body colored bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, a roof antenna, double horn, etc.
Maruti Ritz VDI This is the upgrade model of diesel version with BS IV emission and features fabric inserts in the door trims, front power windows, rear power windows, full wheel cover, black colored B pillar, seatbelt reminder, front seat under tray, etc.
Maruti Ritz VDI (ABS) This upgraded version of the diesel version has all the features of Maruti Ritz VDI (BS IV) and the extra anti lock braking system (ABS).
Maruti Ritz Genus VXi This is the latest petrol variant from the company, launched as special edition, it is equipped with keyless entry, tilt steering, parcel tray, distinct body graphics, rear wash and wiper, a radio + CD player with speakers, body side mouldings and a dual tone dashboard. This newer model Ritz is also available in a new signature colour: emerald blue.
Maruti Ritz Genus VDi This diesel variant of the Ritz comes with the same features colour choices as the Genus VXi.
Maruti Ritz ZDI The newest variant of Ritz. It comes with all the features of Maruti Ritz ZXI.

History[edit]

Splash Concept
  • 2006 – Model concept in the Salon in Paris, "Project Splash" announced[7]
  • September 2007 – World Premiere in Frankfurt
  • October 2007 – exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show
  • March 2008 – Started production and sales in Europe
  • October 21, 2008 – started selling in Japan[8]
  • May 15, 2009 – Started production and sales in India.[9] Places the current Ritz (Ritz).


Specifications[edit]

Dimensions, capacities
Length: 3775 mm, width: 1680 mm, height: 1620 mm
Wheelbase: 2360 mm, turn radius: 4.7 m, ground clearance: 170 mm
Boot space: 236 L, fuel capacity: 43 L, seating capacity: 5
Performance
Displacement: 1248 cc, peak power: 74 BHP
@4000 RPM peak torque: 190 NM
@2000 RPM
Key features
Air conditioner, central locking CD player
Power steering, power windows, steering mounted controls
Steering adjustment, rear wiper, electrically adjustable mirror

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auto Moto Hors Serie: Les 3000 voitures du monde – Édition 2010 (in French). p. 263. Élaborée sur plate-forme de la Swift, la Splash est moins chère qu'elle, en partie parce qu'elle descend jusqu'au petit 3-cylindres.
  2. ^ "Suzuki Splash: Official Images Released". Carscoops. 14 May 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Upcoming Releases: Suzuki Splash". ChinaAutoWeb.com. 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  4. ^ http://europe.autonews.com/article/20141014/ANE/141019949/suzuki-cuts-output-at-hungary-plant-ahead-of-model-changeover
  5. ^ http://europe.autonews.com/article/20140211/ANE/140219975/suzuki-celerio-will-replace-alto-and-splash-minicars
  6. ^ The first stage theme is the "Sport", Swift, Escudo / Gurandobitara, SX4 / SX4 sedan and the second stage theme is "Family":
  7. ^ スズキスズキ、フランクフルトモーターショーへの出品概要 (in Japanese). Suzuki.co.jp. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  8. ^ スズキ、「マジャールスズキ社」製の新型コンパクトカー「スプラッシュ」を発売 (in Japanese). Suzuki.co.jp. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  9. ^ Ground clearance is 170 mm in height, 1620 mm in height is being raised, respectively. 1300 cc petrol and 1200 cc diesel engine in two types of transmission is only 5MT.

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