Maruti Suzuki forayed into the bay of bigger diesel engines nearly a couple of months back in India when it introduced the 1.5L engine with the Ciaz. With 2019 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga being the latest to get this new powerplant, the company is on a move to extend the bigger and better 1.5L diesel engine to other models in its portfolio. Boasting of a 1498cc displacement, the new 1.5L diesel engine has been developed in-house by the company engineers. Prior to the introduction of this new engine, every Maruti diesel car used to draw power from the Fiat-sourced 1.3L DDiS motor and even after offering this new engine, the company has not discontinued the existing 1.3L diesel variants. Let's check out the performance of these two engines.
Know Everything about the 2019 Maruti Ertiga 1.5L!
Maruti's association with the Fiat-sourced 1.3L 4-cylinder Multi-jet engine goes more than a decade back when it debuted with Swift hatchback in 2007. Later, owing to the tremendous response, the engine made its way in several other Maruti models such as DZire, Ertiga, Ciaz, Ignis and Vitara Brezza. It earned admiration for the company and auto enthusiasts were fairly satisfied with the power delivery and overall performance. But now with the launch of 1.5L diesel engine, Maruti Suzuki is upping the ante as it felt that the power output of 1.3L was not adequate for bigger models such as Ciaz and Ertiga. The new engine comes with improved power output, increased torque delivery and enhanced mileage.
Maruti Ertiga diesel engine (1.3L DDiS 200) has a displacement of 1248cc with a maximum power output of 89bhp at 4000rpm and highest torque performance of 200Nm at 1750rpm. The 4-cylinder engine with Smart Hybrid technology is available with a 5-speed manual transmission while it delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 28.09kmpl. On the other hand, the all-new in-house developed 1.5L DDiS 225 diesel engine is meatier in terms of power and performance. Comprising majorly of aluminium content, it belts out 94bhp at 4000rpm and 225Nm between 1500-2500rpm. Identical to the Ciaz, Maruti is offering this engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox while it comes with a decent fuel economy of 26.09kmpl. For those many of you wondering, both the engines are BS IV compliant and will require an upgrade before April 1, 2020.
Maruti Ertiga 1.3L
Maruti Ertiga 1.5L
1.3L DDiS 200 Smart Hybrid
1.5L DDiS 225
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Torque Performance (Nm)
Going by the power, torque and mileage figures, one can clearly state that the 1.5L diesel engine in 2019 Ertiga is superior to the 1.3L engine. It brings 6bhp more power and 25Nm more torque to the MPV, which was much needed as on the hilly and muddy terrains, it felt a bit under-powered. Despite being more powerful and bigger in size, it hasn't made much difference to the mileage as it has merely dropped by 2kmpl which is the segment-leading and even higher than many other smaller cars. The engine boasts of a turbocharger which makes city driving fun due to higher low-end torque delivery. Also, if the 1.3L diesel engine felt a bit noisy and NVH levels were not upto the mark, the 1.5L engine is a real head-turner with optimized compression ratio.
As mentioned earlier, 1.3L Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants have not been discontinued and they will be sold simultaneously with the 1.5L variants. The 1.5L engine has been introduced in three grades - VDI, ZDI and ZDI+ - with a premium of Rs 30,000 over the existing 1.3L variants. The 1.5L Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDI starts at Rs 9.86 Lakhs, while the Ertiga ZDI retails for 10.69 Lakhs followed by the range-topping ZDI+ at Rs 11.20 Lakhs (All prices are Ex. Showroom, Delhi). Comparing it with the 1.3L version, it starts at Rs 9.56 Lakhs forErtiga VDI, 10.39 Lakhs for ZDi and Rs 10.90 Lakhs for the ZDI+ variant (All prices are Ex. Showroom, Delhi). So, one can easily conclude that Maruti is offering more power, silent cabin and better gearbox at a nominal hike. It deserves a chance and should be given a try!
Price (Ex. Showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Ertiga 1.3L
Maruti Ertiga 1.5L