Maruti Suzuki now aims to tap the petrol, CNG, hybrid and electric vehicle segments.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is planning to shut its diesel engine assembly facility in Gurgaon due to fading demand of the diesel vehicles. The carmaker might use its Gurgaon based plant for manufacturing or assembling petrol powertrains, claims a report. The Indo-Japanese carmaker now aims to tap the growing petrol, CNG, hybrid and electric vehicle segments with new models. Maruti Suzuki will bring in its first full hybrid vehicle, developed under Suzuki and Toyota collaboration, in 2020.
Currently, the Indo-Japanese carmaker assembles the Fiat-sourced 1.3L Multijet diesel engine in its Gurgaon-based plant. This oil burner powers Maruti’s top-selling models including Ertiga MPV, Vitara Brezza compact SUV and Baleno hatchback. The Gurgaon facility also serves as production hub for the 800cc diesel engine that’s used in the Super Carry light truck. The plant has an annual production capacity of 170,000 diesel engine units.
The company will soon pull the plug on the 1.3L diesel across its range and replace it with a new 1.5L oil burner. This in-house developed motor will meet the upcoming BS6 (Bharat Stage VI) emission norms that will come into force from 1st April, 2020. Maruti Suzuki is, currently, testing the new diesel engine in the Ertiga MPV.
With the new BS6-ready diesel engine, the Maruti Suzuki diesel models will get more expensive (around Rs 2 lakh) than their petrol counterparts. Currently, the price difference between diesel ad petrol models is around Rs 1 lakh. Reports suggest that the carmaker might discount diesel variants of its highly popular cars including Swift, Dzire and Baleno.