Maruti Suzuki has decided to not launch small diesel cars in the country. Instead, the company aims to introduce the more CNG cars to improve its market share. However, MSIL could introduce BS6 diesel engine if demand increases in near future.
The company is likely to re-introduce BS6 diesel version of its big SUVs and sedans in the future. Speaking to PTI, MSIL Executive Director Sales & Marketing Shashank Srivastava, said, “Those customers who do not care for economics for running the car they may still be buying the diesel cars and for that the company has said it is watching the market very closely.”
He further said, “If we find there are enough people in that category than we can always look at developing a bigger BS-VI diesel engine.”
In fact, the BS6 compliant Maruti Ertiga and S-Cross diesel models were spotted testing. The company has the 1.5L DDiS diesel engine, which has recently been discontinued. This engine is capable of producing 104bhp of power and 225Nm of torque. Maruti Suzuki is also reportedly working on an all-new mid-sized SUV, which will be positioned against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks. The new model is rumoured to be designed and developed in collaboration with Toyota. In fact, the duo is also working on an all-new C-segment MPV to rival the Mahindra Marazzo.