Maruti Suzuki contemplating over new 1.6-litre diesel mill for the Ciaz

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was launched with two engine options; There’s the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol unit and a Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre DDiS diesel mill. The same basic motor is also found under the bonnet of other Maruti Suzuki cars such as the Ertiga MPV and the frugal DZire compact saloon. However, it seems that the company has been receiving some flak over this engine in the Maruti Ciaz.

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The 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine in the outgoing Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

Currently, the Ciaz saloon gets a turbo diesel unit that churns out 90 PS of power and 200 Nm of twist. Apparently, some customers aren’t chuffed with the performance of the Ciaz diesel. In our road tests of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz diesel, we found some turbo lag under 2000 rpm, but overall, we were quite pleased with this powerplant. In city traffic conditions or during an urgent overtake maneuver, you would need to shift down a gear or two.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz front (4)

Post 2000 rpm when the turbo kicks in, the Ciaz diesel won’t  faff around much.

After the bout of customer complaints, reports suggest that Maruti Suzuki could use the 1.6-litre diesel engine. This engine makes 118 PS of max power and 320 Nm of torque in the international version of the upcoming S-Cross. Maruti Suzuki is likely to use this engine to address the issue at hand. If the carmaker does go ahead with the 1.6 engine, it is more than capable of hauling the 1.1 tonne Ciaz without much fuss.

Upcoming cars 2015 Maruti S-Cross 1

The 1.6-litre diesel mill will be likely found powering the S-Cross.

In the meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki has been mulling over an all-new 1.5-litre diesel unit. This engine will possibly be the downsized version of the 1.6 mill found in the S-Cross. Being a 1.5-litre engine, the company will also benefit from excise benefits in India. Volkswagen, with its new 1.5-litre TDI unit adopted the same strategy a while back. Unlike with VW, Maruti’s downsizing method involves linking two 793cc 2-pot mills together, making one single larger displacement unit. You may remember this engine from the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Celerio diesel.

However, this 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine won’t be seen under the bonnet of any Maruti product for at least a couple of years. Anyway, what are your opinions about the outgoing Maruti Suzuki Ciaz diesel. Would mind paying a bit extra for even more punch? Let us know in the comments below.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz front (8)

To read our comprehensive review of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, click here.

Source – ET

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  • vinod says:

    Wonder what a car 1.6 changes the Ciaz into! Awating introduction of 1.6 in Ciaz!

  • JO says:

    Such a great car let down by underpowered engine both the petrol and diesel engines at least need to be made powerful enough to match the competitors if not exceed them

  • Charly says:

    320 nm torque is really awesome for an otherwise bland performance in its present form. I hope they bring it on soon, I ‘ll sack my City for sure !

  • Hi Bala. We really hope Maruti plonks in a 1.6 unit in the Ciaz saloon. That said, the outgoing diesel isn’t too bad either. Check out our thorough review of the car to know what we thought about it, if you haven’t already. Cheers! 🙂

  • Bala says:

    Hi I am Bala, Ya offcourse we would expect 1.6 so that it will be right back in game with straight to honda city, hyundai verna and also Volkswagen Vento.

    Already Ciaz is a well rounded package like decent look and good features and fantastic interior space so plus power will give it a great edge over others and another important thing is Mauthi service and maintanence cost as well is plus 🙂