Maruti Suzuki has decided to cease diesel production from April 2020. However, diesel cars account of around 20 per cent of the company’s sales in the Indian market and Maruti Suzuki has no plans to give this space to its rivals. The company is aiming to increase its petrol sales to maintain its supremacy in the market.
A new media report claims that Maruti Suzuki is readying the new generation diesel engines, which will be compliant with BSVI emission norms. The company currently sells the 1.3-litre DDiS and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The 1.3L diesel engine will be discontinued and won’t be upgraded to meet the new norms, while the existing 1.5L diesel engine will require huge investments to meet the BSVI norms.
It is reported that the company is readying an all-new BSVI compliant diesel engine to power its bigger models. We expected that the company will produce the new BSVI 1.5L diesel engine. This engine will power the S-Cross, Ciaz and the upcoming mid-sized SUV that is likely to be launched in 2021.
Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the petrol version of the Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross crossover. Both models are currently powered by the 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The new models will receive the new 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with SHVS mild-hybrid system, which also powers the Ciaz and the Ertiga. This engine produces 103bhp of power and 138Nm of torque.