Maruti is preparing to replace Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine with new 1.5-litre unit; could generate power for the Ciaz facelift
Maruti Suzuki is preparing to replace the Ciaz’s 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine with an indigenously built larger 1.5-litre unit. The automaker has successfully tested the engine with the popular midsize sedan. With this larger engine, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is expected to become more competitive and powerful against its direct rivals like Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna.
The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine is sourced from Fiat and this engine is being used in several popular Maruti Suzuki products. Earlier we reported that the company is aiming to develop and use and in-house built diesel engine that will replace this 1.3-litre unit in order to save royalty and channelize that money to its own product development. It seems that the brand has already made one step ahead towards making that plan successful.
The Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine is the smallest four-cylinder unit in the segment. It is also the least powerful engine in the midsize sedan segment of Indian car market. Despite the sedan selling in good numbers, customers have been complaining about the underpower of the engine. This is another reason Maruti is rushing towards introducing the new larger 1.5-litre engine to the car.
Interestingly, Maruti is also developing a new 1.5-litre petrol engine that would replace the Ciaz’s current 1.4-litre engine. Along with the new diesel motor, this engine is expected to make its way into the upcoming Ciaz facelift that is likely to be launched in the country in early 2018.
Currently Ciaz is sold with the 1.3-litre unit combined with SHVS technology. It is not sure, if the brand will offer SHVS technology with the new engine. The company is yet to reveal the specification and performance detail of the new 1.5-litre diesel engine. But, it will surely generate more power output compared to the current motor’s 89 bhp peak power.
Source: Team BHP