A Maruti Suzuki diesel car is held in high esteem. Take a look at the resale values for a 10-year old Swift diesel for example. However, that is set to change soon. Maruti Suzuki, in a shocking announcement, has said that it will discontinue its diesel engines from 2020. Yes, you read that right. Just days after introducing its new 1.5-litre diesel in the Ciaz, this announcement has come. So, if you’re interested in Maruti Suzuki diesel cars, now is the right time to buy one.
While it was known that the old 1.3-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat will be discontinued soon, what’s perplexing is the introduction of the 1.5. The 1.3-litre in Maruti Suzuki diesel cars was not going to meet the BS-VI emission norms. This was the reason for developing the in-house 1.5-litre engine. Significant costs were incurred to set up the new line as well as for R&D.
R C Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki, said: “From April next year the company will stop manufacturing diesel vehicles since substantially higher development cost will not make diesel a viable option for consumers.” And we have taken this decision so that in 2022 we are able to meet the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency norms and higher share of CNG vehicles will help us comply with the norms.”
What next for Maruti Suzuki then?
India’s largest carmaker will push its hybrid technology as well as more CNG-equipped cars. All its small cars will be sold only in petrol avatars only, a la pre-2005. Maruti believes that this will reduce pollution significantly too. Moreover, there are new petrol engines being developed for the Vitara Brezza as well as S-Cross. Needless to say, these vehicles will also get the SHVS tech.
Suzuki recently unveiled the facelifted Super Carry LCV with a petrol engine. This engine is believed to be a derivative of the new 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol in the Ciaz and Ertiga. It makes 97PS and 135Nm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual.
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