Engine: 3 cylinder, 4 valve turbocharged petrol engine
Power: 63 hp at 6000 rpm
Torque: 95 Nm at 3000 rpm
Displacement: 658 cc
Bore: 68 mm
Stroke: 60.40 mm
Transmission: 5 Speed
Length: 3395 mm
Width: 1475 mm
Height: 1735 mm
Wheel base: 2400 mm
Kerb Weight: 960 kg
Approx Price: Rs. 5 lacs
We saw Suzuki's Kei three cars at the recently concluded 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, including the Palette SW. This model, along with the MR Wagon and Solio, was being touted as the Nano-killer by Maruti, though the plans for launching it were shelved some time ago. This is because Maruti Suzuki believes Indians feel that the engine power is directly proportional to price and would not pay Rs. 5 lacs for a sub-800 cc vehicle.
The car is already available in Japan and the same model was showcased at the Expo. The company put the Palette SW model on display at the mega show, which renders more power than the standard version. The Maruti Suzuki Palette SW is powered by a small 658 cc 3 cylinder, 4 valve turbocharged engine that runs on petrol. This engine is capable of generating maximum power of 63 hp at 6000 rpm and highest torque of 95 Nm at 3000 rpm. The car exhibited at the event was equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission system for smooth gear-shifts.
We were attracted by the unconventional looks of the car, which feature a tall boy design, reminiscent of an elongated Wagon R. The car is quite spacious due to its huge body, which stands 3395 mm in length, 1475 mm in width and 1735 mm in height. Due to such dimensions, the car can easily seat five passengers comfortably, with enough room left for storing the luggage. However, we believe the spacious interiors of the Palette would be negated by its boxy appearance in the Indian market.
In terms of performance, the car proves to be a winner, with fuel efficiency of 32 kmpl. Though it is highly unlikely that the car will ever see the light of the day in India, its stupendous mileage would certainly have attracted many buyers to Maruti showrooms if it had been launched. By rolling out the Palette SW in India, the company may even be able to reinvigorate its dwindling sales in the country and reclaim its lost market share.
At the Expo, we saw Palette SW with steering-mounted controls, leather seats, electric door mirrors and Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs). However, the highlight of the car was its front fascia, which included the prominent Maruti grille and slanted headlamps. Some other notable features of the Palette SW include power windows, remote central locking, fuel filler and boot, and rake type steering adjustment. In terms of safety, the model displayed at the Auto Expo had dual passenger airbags, fog lamps, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and seatbelts in the rear.