Maruti Suzuki abandons 1.5L BS6 diesel engine due to high fuel price
Maruti Suzuki speculatively shelved plans to launch BSVI-compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine due to steadily rising fuel prices
Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) is said to have set aside plans to introduce a BSVI-compliant 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engine into the domestic market and it would be used in a host of utility vehicles in the brand’s portfolio. . The Indo-Japanese maker likely has five new UVs lined up to debut over the next two years.
They include the India-made Jimny off-roader and the new generation Vitara Brezza. The decision to abandon plans for a BSVI oil burner was taken by Suzuki Motor Corporation and investment issues were highlighted as the main reason. In addition, rising diesel prices and the shift to cleaner fuels and the eventual transition to electrification are other factors.
In fiscal year 2021, diesel prices increased by a whopping Rs. 18.58 per liter – from Rs. 62.29 in April 2020 to Rs. 80.87 per liter as of March 31, 2021, with a staggering growth of almost 30% in New Delhi. In recent months, the gap between gasoline and diesel fuels has narrowed significantly and there is very little to separate them in terms of price.
Passenger cars with a diesel engine offer better fuel economy than a gasoline mill with similar specifications, but the cost of maintenance and the cost of buying a diesel car in the first place almost compromises the benefits in most cases. Thus, we have seen an increase in sales of gasoline vehicles in different segments, including SUV spaces.
Previous speculation suggests that the 1.5-liter diesel engine will be used on XL6, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, and Ertiga, but that no longer appears to be the case as MSIL appears to be focused on launching more S-CNG variants for one. better fuel economy and cleaner emissions. Maruti Suzuki could introduce electric and hybrid vehicles by the middle of this decade.
The country’s largest automaker is gearing up to introduce the second-generation Celerio in the coming months and it will have a completely redesigned exterior and interior.