Suzuki Connect will offer a range of connected car features such as geofencing, vehicle status reports, navigation and more
Maruti Suzuki will introduce its advanced Intelligent Telematics technology – Suzuki Connect across models retailed under the Arena range of dealerships. Originally launched in 2018, the Suzuki Connect is as of now available only for the models sold under the Nexa series.
This means that the in-car connected technology will be offered as an option across the entire Maruti lineup. The carmaker has announced an initial three-year subscription plan for Arena customers at a cost of Rs. 11,999. For Nexa consumers who have already availed Suzuki Connect, the subscription can be extended for three years by paying Rs. 2,999 or by paying Rs 999 for one year.
Range of connected car features on offer
Suzuki Connect offers a wide range of connected car services on a subscription basis through a smartphone application that is available on both iOS and Android platforms. It aims to provide better driving experience by providing multiple remote services like vehicle information, live vehicle tracking, driving analytics reports, vehicle safety alerts and roadside assistance.
In addition, owners can even remotely start the vehicle’s engine and air conditioner while receiving alerts for over speed and low fuel. Other features include geofencing, intrusion warning, airbag deployment, navigation, etc.
The device works through a Telematics Control Unit (TCU) that interacts via a cellular network with a centralized cloud-based server with the customer via an app installed on his or her smartphone.
Connected car tech in recent times
One of the notable features of this technology is that the unit is concealed deep inside the vehicle so that it is impossible to tamper. The facility will also be available as an optional accessory for existing Maruti Arena customers through its sales network of over 2,800 showrooms in over 2,000 cities. So far, over 50,000 NEXA customers have subscribed to Suzuki Connect.
Connected car technology has become a very common feature in the Indian car market over the years. It allows multiple features to be accessed remotely by a single user, thus taking convenience to another level. Brands like Hyundai, Kia, Tata Motors, MG and others have made significant growth in this segment by offering several connected car features in their respective lineups.
Maruti Suzuki has not yet offered Connect Car Service as a company fitted feature on any of its models. By offering Suzuki Connect as an official accessory, the carmaker gives buyers the flexibility to choose whether or not to buy it without increasing the starting price of the vehicle.