Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will receive a brand new in-house developed 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel engine from next month
Maruti Suzuki sold more than 50,000 units of the Ciaz midsize sedan last year and the numbers had accelerated when the facelift was introduced in August 2018. Besides the cosmetic updates, the Ciaz received a newly developed 1.5-litre K15B SHVS petrol engine with more power and dual-battery setup while the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel motor stayed put in duty.
It was the same case with the second generation Ertiga made available since November 21, 2018. The leading carmaker of India is certainly reacting to the stringent emission standards coming into effect from April 2020 and has begun the process of debuting an all-new DDiS 225 diesel engine. Starting with the Ciaz, the new 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit is more powerful and torquier than the outgoing version.
It develops 95 PS power at 4,000 rpm and 225 Nm of peak torque delivered at 1,500-2,500 rpm. The powertrain will be connected to a six-speed transmission and it should assist in returning claimed fuel efficiency of 26.82 kmpl. It will be employed under the bonnet of the Ciaz from February onwards and the Ertiga will undergo a similar treatment in the succeeding months.
Despite having lighter and robust construction, the absence of smart hybrid technology does impact the frugality, at least on paper, as the outgoing DDiS 200 is ARAI certified to return 28.09 kmpl however SHVS technology not given to the Ciaz 1.5 Diesel. The BSVI ready engine will likely make its way into the Ciaz’s lineup as a BSIV compliant unit initially before the eventual switch from April 2020.
It will also be responsible for lowered NVH levels in the Ciaz and consequently a quieter cabin. The new 1.5-litre DDiS 225 diesel will be equipped with a dual mass flywheel and the gear shifts will be smoother than the outgoing five-speed transmission, along with the relocated reverse gear positioning with the lift lock.
|Maruti Ciaz 1.5L Diesel||Specifications|
|Engine||1,498 cc four-cylinder DDiS 225 diesel|
|Power||95 PS at 4,000 rpm|
|Torque||225 Nm at 1,500-2,500 rpm|
The engine will be sold only in the Delta, Zeta and Alpha variants, as the 1.3-litre DDiS 200 unit will continue in its place until the BSVI norms kick in. The arrival of the in-house developed powertrain indicates Maruti Suzuki’s obvious strategy in phasing out the long-serving 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced unit.
Ciaz 1.5 Diesel Variants:
Ciaz 1.3 Diesel Variants:
Ciaz 1.5 Petrol Variants:
Sigma 1.5 SHVS
Delta 1.5 SHVS
Zeta 1.5 SHVS
Alpha 1.5 SHVS