BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Sometimes carmakers make announcements that may sound illogical and weird. Maruti Suzuki caused quite a stir in August 2019 when its chairman R.C. Bhargava announced that the company was to discontinue diesel cars post 1st April, 2020, once the new BS-VI emission norms come into effect.
The reasoning given was that the difference of converting diesel cars to BS VI was an expensive affair and passing on the exorbitant costs to consumer of budget-oriented cars was not commercially viable.
It seems now that India’s largest carmaker went into a wait-and-watch phase to ensure the transition to BS VI programme was completed successfully before making any future commitment regarding new engines.
Given the resources the company has, it can develop the engines and introduce them at short notice.
Till now, two Maruti diesel engines were being built under licence from Fiat for the 1.3-litre and 1.6-litre MultiJet diesel engines. The 1.3-litre, four-cylinder Multijet engine was used in a wide range of models in Maruti’s portfolio, including the Swift, Dzire, Ignis, Baleno, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and S-Cross.
These engines will not appear in future models as the licensing deal ends and Suzuki’s new BS VI complaint 1.5-litre (Diesel direct injection system) DDiS 225 oil burner will take their place.
The company is said to be taking a measured approach to bringing back diesel cars based on customer demand. Maruti Suzuki is also looking at incorporating its mild hybrid technology in the new DDiS engine to help offer higher fuel efficiency.