Will complement the 1.3-litre Fiat MultiJet rather than replace it.
As Maruti Suzuki is inching closer to debut its first homegrown diesel engine (800 cc twin-cylinder) in the Y9T LCV, parent company Suzuki is in advanced stages of developing a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, reports ET.
The Japanese automaker's 800 cc diesel engine is a part of a modular architecture that will spawn more derivatives in the future. A 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit for Europe and a 1.5-litre engine specifically developed to comply with the Indian sub-4 metre excise duty norms are reported to be next in line.
The publication reports that the new diesel engine will complement the current Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS mill rather than replace it. The upcoming SUV and the next gen Ertiga are touted to be the first candidates to receive the new oil burner. The newly launched Ciaz could also feature this engine when it is due for a midlife refresh.
A bigger 1.5-litre engine would help Maruti to stay in contention for its larger and more premium offerings.
[Source: Economic Times]