India’s leading car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited is developing its first diesel engine in-house. According to a report by ACI , this engine will be a 2 cylinder 800cc diesel which will debut in the next-generation Suzuki ‘Carry’ light commercial vehicle (code: Y9T).
Maruti Suzuki will be entering into the LCV segment with this engine which is dominated by well established players like Tata, Piaggio and Mahindra. This 800cc motor will be the stepping stone in the company’s entry into the engine development. This engine isn’t expected to have low NVH due to the number of cylinders being only 2, nor it would be known for the driveability factor. By launching this engine in the LCV segment, Maruti Suzuki intends to deliver high fuel efficieny and durability, which are the key factors required for success in this segment.
When Autocar India asked about employing the popular Multijet Fiat engine in this new LCV, Maruti Suzuki’s MD Kenichi Ayukawa said, “The Fiat engine will not fit in a small LCV and hence we needed to consider developing a brand new engine.”
Maruti also plans to develop a redesigned version of this engine, most probably by adding an extra cylinder to minimise the NVH levels. This new diesel motor will be plonked in the upcoming Maruti Suzuki A-Star code-named YL7, and is expected to deliver an outstanding fuel efficiency of 30kmpl.
With this new engine, the entry level diesel segment (which currently includes only the Chevrolet Beat ) will soon pick up and we can see more car makers entering this segment.