2019 Maruti Ciaz 1.5 Diesel doesn’t beat benchmark Honda City’s fuel economy number either.
It is quite known for some time that Maruti Suzuki is working to develop a new 1.5-liter diesel engine. The new diesel motor will replace Fiat’s 1.3-liter multijet diesel engine and subsequently reduce the Maruti’s dependence on the Fiat technology. The new oil burner is being developed in-house and now according to the latest reports, the engine is all ready to make its debut in new Ciaz, albeit as an optional engine.
Rumors suggest that new Maruti Ciaz will feature the 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder in-line DDiS 225 turbocharged diesel engine with an output of 94bhp @4,000rpm and 225 Nm of max torque @1,500-2,500rpm. Unlike the current Ciaz which offers the smart-hybrid technology on both petrol and diesel, the new 1.5-liter diesel variant of the sedan will be offered without any hybrid assistance.
In order to deliver best-in-class performance and mileage, Maruti has integrated many innovative technologies in the engine including the double mass flywheel which reduces the overall NVH levels while aiding the performance. The fuel efficiency of the new diesel engine is rated at 26.82 kmpl which is quite commendable by any standards of comparison.
With this new diesel engine as an option, the facelift version of Ciaz will continue to feature the current model’s 1.3-liter DDiS diesel. The engine is good for 89bhp along with 200Nm of max torque. The Fiat-owned engine is expected to continue on Ciaz until 2020 when the new BS-VI emission norms come into effect. Along with the Ciaz, Marui’s new 1.5-liter diesel will eventually become the staple diesel for future Maruti cars. The development on new diesel has also been necessitated as Fiat’s diesel is unlikely to get an upgrade for stringent BS-VI norms. Once launched, new Maruti Ciaz will take on the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, and Volkswagen Vento.