The new 1.5-litre diesel engine will replace the FCA’s 1.3-litre MJD unit.
Maruti Suzuki has finally introduced the new in-house developed 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine in the market. This engine is fitted to the existing Ciaz sedan, but it will soon be offered in the bigger Maruti’s including Ertiga, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza. It will gradually replace the existing 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine, which Maruti Suzuki sources from FCA.
Fiat Chrysler Automobile has already announced that the 1.3-litre MJD diesel engine won’t receive an upgrade to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. This means that it will be discontinued from the market by April 2020. The 1.3L diesel engine currently powers the Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Ertiga and Vitara Brezza. It is expected that Maruti could go petrol only for the smaller diesel models, which includes Swift, Dzire and Baleno. The company is looking at CNG as an alternative fuel to drive sales in the market.
The upcoming BSVI emission norms will increase the price gap between the petrol and diesel cars by up to Rs 2.5 lakh from the current 1 lakh. It will be hard for manufacturers to sell diesel powered small cars, as the prices will go up significantly. Maruti is preparing the CNG versions of the Swift, Dzire and Baleno, which are expected to be launched in the coming months.
The new 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine will next be introduced in the Ertiga MPV, followed by S-Cross and Vitara Brezza. This engine is capable of producing 94bhp of power at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 225Nm between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. It is benefitted with a high efficiency turbo charger which generates higher low-end torque through optimization, which makes city driving hassle free. Adding to it, the use of a Dual Mass Flywheel and optimized compressed ration reduces engine fluctuations and offers higher NVH levels.
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