Delhi Police has decided to refresh their ride, now on, Delhi Police Official will get a Maruti SX4 from Maruti Suzuki rather than a Hindustan Motors classic Ambassador which has been serving Govt. and police officials for years now ! The main reason behind going for this decision is Ambassador is low on mileage, high on maintenance and not as quick considering the modern cars.
The Commissioner of Delhi Police stated that fuel economy, maintenance cost, comfort and speed were the four crucial factors of the replacement and the SX4 was the first choice for the Delhi Police Department.
The SX4 is faster and more fuel efficient, a perfect replacement for the age old Ambys that huff and puff after every gear change. The SX4 is available in three fuel options: Petrol, CNG and Diesel. The CNG and Diesel variants would be beneficial as they would keep the running costs lower.
Will the SX4 change the perception of police vehicles? To be fair, it depends on how many criminals and convicts are brought to book after this switch.
Official Press Release –
A signature of government officials the Ambassador car is all set to be phased out pretty soon. The Delhi Police has decided to phase out Ambassador Cars completely and replace them with faster andfuel efficient Maruti Suzuki SX4.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police Delhi, BK Gupta stated: “We are in the process of buying vehicles like Maruti SX4 that are easy to maintain and save fuel.” A proposal was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs long time ago which was finally accepted.
Although, phasing out of Ambassador Cars have just started with police department receiving twelve SX4 cars. Commissioner BK Gupta was the first to get his car replaced with a brand new SX4.
The Commissioner of Delhi Police stated that four basic things were kept in mind while choosing a replacement for Ambassador which included fuel economy, maintenance cost, comfort and speed. Maruti Suzuki SX4 was the first choice for Delhi Police, as the car is equipped with a fuel efficient yet powerful engine. This will certainly bring down the running cost of police vehicles. On the other hand, SX4 is amongst the most comfortable sedans in the Indian market.
Along with being economical, comfortable and maintenance free, the muscular look and lavish interiors of SX4 left Delhi Police with no other option to choose from. The SX4 delivered to the Commissioner of Delhi Police is equipped with a number of luxury and safety features which certainly raise the bar when it comes to government vehicles.
The SX4 cars being provided to Delhi Police Officials is equipped with a radio tag which is installed for security reasons. This is the only difference in the features of the luxury sedans provided to Delhi Police officials.
Police officials seemed quite upbeat about the move. Some of the senior police officials believe that replacing the old Ambassadors cars with SX4 will certainly change the way people perceive police cars. It is certainly the beginning of a new era when it comes to police vehicles.