Report – Maruti’s compact SUV to get in-house 1.5-liter diesel engine

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 - 6:27pm IST

The fact that Maruti Suzuki is working on a new range of diesel engines should not come as a surprise to you. The company aims to stop relying on Fiat (whose MultiJet diesel engine powers Suzuki’s cars in India and abroad) and develop their own diesel engines.

The first engine would be a two-cylinder 800 cc unit, and Maruti would use it on their light commercial vehicle (codenamed Y9T) in early 2015.

Maruti Suzuki XA-Alpha
The production XA-Alpha would be powered by this new 1.5-liter diesel engine.

The same engine would also be used in the company’s small range of hatchbacks, such as the A-Star successor. Following this, Maruti will come up with a four-cylinder 1.5-liter capacity unit of the same family.

This diesel engine will find application in Maruti’s compact SUV (the production version of the XA-Alpha) when its launched in early 2016. Codenamed ‘YBA’, this mini SUV is designed for India, according to Autocar.

Maruti Suzuki SX4 Diesel engine
Both in India and abroad, Suzuki uses Fiat’s MultiJet diesel engine in their cars.

Furthermore, this engine can also be used in future sedans (like the SX4 successor) and compact, sub-4m cars such as the next generation Swift Dzire.

While the XA-Alpha was shown at the 2012 Auto Expo, it seems Maruti will not launch the vehicle before 2016. The company may want the SUV to be powered by their engines from Day 1, hence the delay.

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4 thoughts on “Report – Maruti’s compact SUV to get in-house 1.5-liter diesel engine

  1. suhail sagar says:

    If the year of launch is 2016, or even 2015 for that matter, I’m sorry to say that maruti suzuki will not be able to capitalize on this segment. Right now is the time to launch this mini suv..The market for this segment is blooming. The ecosport and the duster prove this fact. But this current fad might phase out by the time MS smells the coffee. The engine in the current SX4 is surely capable enough to carry off the car built on the chassis of a swift. So Maruti must at any cost make sure that they launch this car, or atleast show a production version of it at the 2014 Auto Expo.

  2. Amartya Ghosh says:

    Suzuki is not known for engineering prowess. They are (in)famous for pinching nickels, but the habit has not got them far, and it seems doubtful that they will ever manage to shake it off. Developing a brand new genre of engines is a different ball-game. Even Honda, a company run by engineers, took about 5 years. And they are not sitting idle. It remains to be seen whether a company run by bean-counters like Suzuki can ever manage to pull it off.

  3. fintsho Duke says:

    Good luck with the mini SUV… people have been hoping and waiting for this till the cows come home. I guess by then, the party will be over and Maruti looks like will either miss or be late.

  4. Dhananjayan says:

    Way to go!
    Hope they don’t have much turbo lag!


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