Earlier this month, it was reported that the Maruti Ciaz with an all-new 1.5-litre diesel engine is ready for launch. According to Team-BHP forum member Dr. Naren, the launch is scheduled in February.
Codenamed ‘E15A’, this engine won’t replace the D13A unit initially. The engines will coexist, with the latter continuing to remain the choice for customers preferring fuel economy and lower price over performance. By April 2020, though, the E15A engine will have leapt from BSIV to BSVI, while the D13A engine will have gone out of production.
Developed by Maruti Suzuki, the E15A engine will carry ‘DDiS 225’ branding in the Maruti Ciaz. It’s a four-cylinder unit developing 94 bhp (95.30 PS) at 4,000 rpm and 225 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500 rpm. While the D13A engine is coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission, the E15A engine will send drive to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Both existing engines of the Maruti Ciaz (K15B petrol and D13A diesel) come with dual-battery mild-hybrid technology that reduces fuel consumption and enhances performance in all four grades (Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha). There’s no word on the availability of this technology in the configurations employing the E15A diesel engine yet.
The Maruti Ciaz costs INR 9.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) onwards when specified with the 1.3L diesel engine. The prices of the 1.5L diesel engine model may start close to INR 10 lakh (ex-showroom), and that’s assuming Maruti Suzuki will offer it even in the entry-level Sigma grade.