The Suzuki Splash is a city car introduced in model year 2008 and jointly developed between Suzuki Motor Corporation and Adam Opel AG — which will also market their version as the Agila. It debuted as a concept car at the 2006 Paris Auto Show and the production model debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Splash is slotted below the Swift in the European market lineup, and uses a shortened wheelbase version of its chassis. In the Japanese market lineup, however, it is slotted between the Swift and the Solio.
The car was launched with two petrol engines, a 3-cylinder 1.0-litre and 4-cylinder 1.2-litre Family 0, and a 4-cylinder version of Fiat's MultiJet diesel engine. Unlike its predecessor, the Wagon R+, the Splash has five seats as standard.
It was introduced to the Japanese market on 20 October 2008, available as Splash 1.2 for ¥1,239,000 and the UK as a rebadged Vauxhall Agila. Maruti Suzuki released the Splash in India as Maruti Suzuki Ritz. In China, it will be released by Changhe Suzuki towards the end of 2010. The Splash also went on sale in New Zealand in 2011. This reflected the popularity Suzuki's small cars have had in recent years.
2006 – Model concept in the Salon in Paris, "Project Splash" announced.
2007 September – 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
May 15, 2009 – Started production and sales in India.Places the current Ritz (Ritz).
In the Indian auto market Suzuki Splash is known as Maruti Suzuki Ritz. Maruti Suzuki has changed its name because the name “Splash” was already registered by Ford. This car has wrote another success story for Maruti Suzuki. Ritz crossed sales figure of what other foreign manufacturers are dreaming about in India. There are more than 200,000 Ritz on Indian roads so far in a span of 37months, without any significant advertisement support, which is a record in its own. Ritz is competing with Hyundai I10, Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat, VW Polo, Tata Indica, Fiat Punto, Skoda Fabia and her own sibling Suzuki Swift.
IN INDIA SUZUKI SPLASH
In India Maruti Ritz is available with tn variants, five each wit petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variants of Maruti Ritz are powered by the company’s popular 1.2L, 1197 cc, K12M KB series petrol engine. This engine is getting much popularity in the Indian market because of its excellent performance and fuel efficiency. The light weight all aluminum K12M engine delivers 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) of maximum power at 6000 rpm with 113 N·m (83 lb·ft) of maximum torque 4000 rpm. The mileage it delivers in city is around 14.5kmpl in city and 18kmpl on highway.
The diesel variants of Maruti Ritz are powered by the Fiat’s 1.3L Multijet diesel engine. The 1.3L, 1248 cc, DDiS diesel engine which is well known for its excellent fuel efficiency. The power it delivers is lower than the petrol version but is sufficient for any hatchback car. This engine delivers 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) of maximum power at 4000 rpm with 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) of maximum torque at 2000 rpm. The mileage it delivers is 17.7 kmpl in city while on highway it gives 21kmpl.
A new version of Ritz was launched in India in mid-2012.This version sports a new ZDI variant, 3 new colours and improved fuel effeciency.
MARUTI RITZ IN INDIAMaruti Ritz LXi :This is the base model of petrol version with features like 60:40 folding rear seat, cup holder in console, ashtray, iCATS, child lock, power steering, manual air conditioner, body colored bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, roof antenna, double horn, etc.
Maruti Ritz VXI: This is the upgraded model of petrol version with BS IV emission and features like fabric insert on door trims, front power windows, rear power windows, full wheel cover, black colored B pillar, seatbelt reminder, front seat under tray,rear spolier etc.
Maruti Ritz VXI (ABS): This is upgrade model of petrol version with all the features of Maruti Ritz VXI (BS IV) and extra ABS (Antilock Braking System).
Maruti Ritz ZXI: This is the top most model of petrol version with extra features like radio + CD with speakers, parcel tray, seat height adjuster, cigar lighter, tilt steering, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual air bags, front ELR seat belt with pretensioner,electrically adjustable ORVM, 5 doors central locking etc.
Maruti Ritz LDI: This is the base model of diesel version with features like 60:40 folding rear seat, cup holder in console, ashtray, iCATS, child lock, power steering, manual air conditioner, body colored bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, roof antenna, double horn, etc.
Maruti Ritz VDI: This is the upgraded model of diesel version with BS IV emission and features like fabric insert on 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 is upgrade model of diesel version with all the features of Maruti Ritz VDI (BS IV) and extra ABS (Antilock Braking System).
Maruti Ritz Genus VXi: This is the petrol latest variant from the company launched as special edition which is equipped with Keyless entry, Tilt steering, Parcel tray, Distinct Body graphics, Rear wash and wiper, Radio + CD player with speaker, Body side mouldings and Dual tone dashboard. It is available in a new signature colour that is emerald blue.
Maruti Ritz Genus VDi: It is the diesel variant of Ritz and comes with the same features and colour that the Genus VXi has
Maruti Ritz ZDI: It is the newest variant of Ritz. It comes with all the features of Maruti Ritz ZXI.