Team-BHP reports that an insider from Maruti Suzuki claims that the Maruti Ciaz 1.5L Diesel has successfully completed the tests.
This all-new larger and more powerful 1.5-litre diesel mill is developed in-house with inputs from Suzuki, Maruti has decided to replace the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre diesel with the new oil burner. There are multiple reasons why the company is rushing towards introducing of a new 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Firstly, this is the smallest and the least-powerful engine in its class when compared to its direct rivals. Though the Ciaz has been selling in good numbers in India, the customers have repeatedly complained about the under-powered engine and suffering from a significant amount of turbo lag, which is no secret. Secondly, Maruti has to pay hefty royalties to Fiat, thereby reducing the company’s profitability.
Therefore, the company has decided to ditch the old-and-outdated 1.3-litre DDiS engine. It is not clear, if the upcoming 1.5-litre oil burner will have a mild-hybrid SHVS technology, as this technology no longer benefit either from the FAME India Scheme or GST (as hybrid cars are taxed at the same level as the regular petrol and diesel cars). Moreover, the output figures too have not been revealed yet.
In addition to the 1.5-litre diesel engine, Maruti Suzuki is also said to be working on a new 1.5-litre petrol engine as well and this new petrol engine will be replacing the current 1.4-litre petrol engine. It seems that the automaker has already made one step ahead towards making that plan successful. Thus, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz with all-new diesel and petrol engine is likely to be introduced next-year.
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