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