Maruti Suzuki is all set to introduce the Ciaz sedan with the newly-developed 1.5L diesel engine in the country. Sources have confirmed that Maruti Ciaz with the new diesel powertrain will debut by the end of this month in the Indian market. However, prior to the official launch, our friends at IAB have got to access to a confidential document that reveals the specifications of the all-new 1.5L diesel engine. For those asking, currently all the Maruti diesel products are powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3L Multi-jet engine.
Coming to the new 1.5L motor, Maruti has named it 'E15A' and it will be branded as 'DDiS 225'. It will be linked to an all-new 6-speed manual transmission, which is a first for any Maruti car. The engine will have a maximum power output of 94bhp at 4000rpm, while reportedly, it will deliver highest torque performance of 225Nm between 1500-2500rpm. Maruti Ciaz is presently offered in four grades: Sigma, Delta, Alpha and Zeta. However, the 1.5 diesel engine will not be available with the base 'Sigma' variant but with the other three high-end variants. It will also not feature the Smart hybrid system and even without this mild-hybrid system, it will return a mileage of 26.82kmpl. The Sigma grade will continue to be powered by the 1.3L engine until the BS-VI emission norms come into effect.
For the moment, Maruti will offer the 1.5L diesel mill in BS-IV norms and it is believed that the company will update the engine to BS-VI grade before the new emission norms kick in by the end of next fiscal, i.e. April 2019 - March 2020. The home-grown automaker has no plans to upgrade the existing 1.3L engine to BS-VI norms and will possibly replace the entire diesel portfolio with the new 1.5L engine, starting with Ciaz and Ertiga and gradually making its way to S-Cross and Swift. At present, Maruti Ciaz 1.3L diesel Delta is priced at Rs 9.80 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Delhi) and the bigger engine could take its price higher by upto Rs 50,000. A few company dealers have even started accepting orders for the Ciaz 1.5 diesel, unofficially.