Maruti Suzuki to study market demand for diesel engines in the BS6 era.
Could make its 1.5-liter diesel engine BS6-compliant if the market demands.
Ertiga MPV with BS6 diesel engine spotted testing in NCR.
Smaller cars like Swift, Dzire to remain petrol-only.
Maruti Suzuki India’s decision to ditch all its diesel engines post-April 1, 2020 – the BS6 deadline is no secret. The carmaker’s Indian lineup majorly consists of budget-oriented cars, and to upgrade their respective diesel drivetrains to comply with the stringent emission norms, is a pretty costly affair.
There is already a price difference of around Rs 1 between the petrol version of any car and its diesel counterpart, which will further rise to about Rs 2 lakh, since upgrading petrol engines to meet BS6 norms is a relatively cheaper upgrade.
Such a high difference between two powertrain offerings of the same car makes no sense at all. Hence, Maruti Suzuki, known for its cost-effective cars, has distanced itself from diesel engines altogether.
This puts the manufacturer’s current position in the market in jeopardy, since the majority of its vehicles in India are currently offered with a diesel option. However, the Japanese carmaker is certainly keeping all its doors open. Speaking of which, a test mule of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV with a BS6-compliant diesel engine has been spotted in Delhi NCR on different occasions.
Maruti could reinstate its recently launched 1.5-liter diesel engine that currently powers the Ertiga and the Ciaz in the BS6 era. The said engine will have to be integrated with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) in order to make it meet the latest emission norms.
However, considering the cost of upgrading the engines, expect Maruti to give the smaller diesel cars in its lineup a miss, which includes the top-selling Swift, Dzire, and Baleno. This leaves only the Ertiga, XL6, Ciaz, S-Cross and Vitara Brezza (which will soon be getting a petrol powertrain) as the viable options.
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