2021 Suzuki Solio & Bandit (Hybrid) officially unveiled [Update]

The city car twins of the 2021 Suzuki Solio and the 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit have been officially unveiled. The new generation ‘compact height wagon’ kei cars go on sale in Japan, their main market, on 4 December 2020.

Exterior

The next-gen Suzuki Solio and next-gen Suzuki Solio Bandit have more aggressive designs compared to their predecessors. The former features sleeker and sharper headlamps with LED DRLs, a slimmer upper grille, more athletic bumper and a larger lower grille. On the sides, the new greenhouse looks wider and the character lines are a welcome change. At the rear, there are vertical tail lamps instead of L-shaped horizontal tail lamps on the 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit. The full-width chrome stripe may be a bit much for some.

The 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit appears like a mini MG Hector from the front due to the similarity in the upper grille and LED DRLs and to an extent the bumper. Though older generation Solios were spied testing in India and even presented by Maruti at the Auto Expo and should in principle make news here, the all-new Suzuki Solio Bandit is likely to get more media attention as comparisons would be drawn to the MG’s lights.

The image & video clip of the Solio Hybrid are from Japanese Suzuki dealer Suzuki Arena Shimzu Inter via Twitter.

Interior & features

The interior of the 2021 Suzuki Solio and 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit is less cluttered compared and while the layout is the same, the instrument panel and centre console seem to have shrunk. The steering wheel has apparently remained completely unchanged.

A welcome addition to the cabin is a colour head-up display, which should be a boon especially for drivers finding the central positioning of the instrument panel inconvenient. Also new is a bigger, 9-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with navigation. Electric parking brake has been given a miss in the new generation Suzuki kei cars. On the plus side, the 360-degree camera system has been added to the Suzuki Solio and Suzuki Solio Bandit.

Specifications

The 2021 Suzuki Solio and 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit are underpinned by the new Heartect platform. They measure 3,790 mm in length, 1,645 mm in width and 1,745 mm in height, and they have a 2,500 mm wheelbase. The all-new compact height wagon kei cars are 80 mm and 70 mm longer respectively and 20 mm wider than their predecessors. The rear seats and luggage compartment are also wider, while their luggage compartment’s floor is 100 mm longer.

Under the hood, the K12C 1.2-litre DualJet N/A four-cylinder petrol engine producing 67 kW or 91 PS of power and 118 Nm of torque is standard. It is married to a CVT across the range. As an option, customers can equip it with mild-hybrid technology in the 2021 Suzuki Solio, and in the 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit, this fuel-sipping technology is standard. The mild-hybrid system makes use of an ISG and an additional (Lithium-ion) battery pack.

The energy produced during deceleration is recovered and stored in the Lithium-ion battery. This energy is used by the ISG (WA05A electric motor) to assist the engine during acceleration. The ISG generates 2.3 kW or 3.1 PS of power and 50 Nm of torque.

AspectSuzuki Solio SpecificationSuzuki Solio Bandit Specification
Length3,790 mm3,790 mm
Width1,645 mm1,645 mm
Height1,745 mm1,745 mm
Wheelbase2,500 mm2,500 mm
EngineK12C 1.2-litre DualJetK12C 1.2-litre DualJet
Engine Power67 kW (91 PS)67 kW (91 PS)
Engine Torque118 Nm118 Nm
MotorWA05A (optional)WA05A (standard)
Motor Power2.3 kW (3.1 PS)2.3 kW (3.1 PS)
Motor Torque50 Nm50 Nm
TransmissionCVTCVT
WLTC Fuel Economy19.0 km/l (petrol)/19.6 km/l (hybrid)19.6 km/l
JC08 Fuel Economy20.7 km/l (petrol)/22.4 km/l (hybrid)22.4 km/l

The 2021 Suzuki Solio and 2021 Suzuki Solio Bandit Hybrids can achieve fuel economy of 19.6 km/l as per the new and more realistic WLTC test cycle or 22.4 km/l as per the old JC08 test cycle. Their prices start at JPY 15,81,800 and JPY 20,06,400 respectively.

Solio for India?

Maruti Suzuki has been testing the old Suzuki Solio for years near Gurgaon, and based on frequent sightings, rumours have built up around the launch of a Maruti Solio. However, there’s no truth to these articles, as the company is relying on India specific models in the base segments to match the manufacturing cost to that of Indian customer’s budgets. Secondly Maruti regularly gets Japanese car models for testing and validation through its Indian R&D centre.

Maruti Suzuki presented a previous generation of the Solio at the 2012 Auto Expo purely from the perspective to showcase what it sells in Japan. Aligning with today’s demand, Maruti’s product pipeline is flush with SUVs, reportedly 4 new models are due by 2023.

When will the Suzuki Solio launch in India?

Maruti Suzuki does not plan to launch the Solio in India. Classify reports of the Solio’s local launch as fake news.