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Compact All The Way

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Compact cars are quite a rage these days be it hatchbacks, compact sedans or compact utility vehicles. Industry leader Maruti Suzuki – gauging the potential of the compacts, is entering into the utility vehicle space, after having established a strong hatchback and entry-level sedan portfolio.

While it will launch its much awaited compact MPV Ertiga on January 6th, it gave a sneak peek into its future plans. The automaker showcased a concept compact SUV – XA (α) (XA Alpha) — targeted at young urban Indians.

The 5-seater utilty vehicle is 4000-mm long, with overall width of 1900 mm, total height of 1600 mm and a wheelbase of 2500 mm. Shinzo Nakanishi, MD and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, said: "The Concept XAa showcases the unified R&D efforts of Suzuki and Maruti."

"It's on a completely new platform," said Mayank Pareek, marketing head at Maruti Suzuki India. He declined to share any more details.

The 2012 Auto Expo will showcase a lot many utility vehicles, with Ford being the first to showcase its Ecosport on Wednesday.