New 800cc diesel engine under development for small cars.
Maruti-Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) will launch LPG, CNG and diesel variants on existing cars, the company is reported to have revealed on its Annual General Meeting report last week.
At the moment, only the Wagon R and Omni are available with LPG options, and hence the carmaker could focus on extending this fuel option to other cars like the Alto, Swift, Dzire and Ertiga. Also, CNG variants are not offered on popular models like the Swift and Dzire and this too could change with time.
Speaking of diesel options, Maruti currently offers cars like the Swift, Dzire, Ritz and Ertiga with Fiat's 1.3-liter Multijet engine. Going forth, the Ciaz sedan would be available with the same engine as well. Maruti engineers are known to be working on an all-new 800 cc twin-cylinder diesel engine which would power Maruti's Y9T LCV, and small cars like the Celerio. In fact, the diesel Celerio can be expected by end of this financial year.
Maruti's current market share in the petrol segment went up from 58.4 percent in 2012-13 to 60.8 percent in 2013-14. However, its diesel market share remained the same at 25.5 percent.
[Source - Autocar Pro]