Diesel fueled vehicles best serve the commercial vehicle market, as passenger car king Maruti has found out. Maruti-Suzuki these days is a very dynamic company, which responds to consumer feedback quickly, and hence is developing in-house a completely new 800cc diesel engine, which will initially power the Eeco. The Eeco will eventually replace the Omni completely, and before you think “underpowered”, we would urge you to think about the Tata Ace, which is doing just fine with a 600cc, thank you. With this engine, Maruti hopes to challenge larger players in the segment like Tata and Mahindra, for rural / semi rural markets both in commercial and passenger segments.
Although the primary focus of this engine is the commercial market, yet passenger car use is not ruled out. Sources (not willing to go on record) state that this engine could also see light of the day in Maruti’s hugely successful Celerio model, though it is not known whether it will come with the by now famous automated manual transmission (Maruti calls it AGS – automatic gear-shift system.) This engine will also power the new light commercial vehicle (LCV) Maruti is developing, code named Y9T. All this will happen within this fiscal. Keep watching this space, and you know where you read it first!