Maruti Suzuki has just launched the most awaited hatchback of the year, the new Ritz. While it looks similar to outgoing model, it has 52 changes over the previous version including 3 new colors, and a new top-end ZDi variant added to its line-up. Initially, the new Ritz has been launched only with diesel engine option and comes in 4 different trim levels, LDi, VDi, VDi with ABS and ZDi.
Some of the 52 changes on new Ritz include new front grille, body side moulding, new audio system with USB, dual tone red interiors, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, day and night inside rear view mirror, improved rear seating and rear spoiler. The Ritz ZDi gets features such as dual airbags, ABS, alloy wheels and steering mounted audio controls.
The interiors also receives some minor updates, and the rear seats get better lumbar support with a dual-tone interior shade on the VDi and ZDi variants. The company has also added three new colours to the car namely breeze blue, mystique red and granite grey. Three colours from before have been carried over which include bakers chocolate, silky silver and superior white
Under the hood, the Ritz gets the familiar 1.3-litre DDiS powerplant. But the high-point of the new Ritz is the 10% improvement in fuel efficiency which has resulted to an efficiency of 23.2kmpl (Certified fuel efficiency as per CMVR Rule 115) from a 21.1kmpl. The engineers at Maruti were able to achieve this fuel efficiency with calibration optimization and by reducing losses in the engine due to friction, without altering the 75PS and 190Nm power and torque figures respectively. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the vehicle reach 60 km/h from standstill in 5.9 seconds.
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