If a certain media report holds to be true, Maruti Suzuki is planning to discontinue the diesel powered variant of the Celerio. It is believed that the drastic step is being taken after studying the recent change in market preferences. The 800cc diesel engine has been independently developed and is currently used only for the Celerio.
Some of the reasons for the falling demand of diesel vehicles can be cited as the recent ban on diesel vehicles in the NCR region, uncertainty over the future of diesel powered cars, narrowing gap between the prices of petrol and diesel and higher fuel efficiency of petrol engines.
Another factor would be the feasibility of upgrading the diesel engine as the BS-VI emission norms have been pre-poned to 2020. With the upcoming regulations, the company might not consider investing in the diesel engine as it will create a significant price hike for the Celerio diesel as compared to its petrol counterpart.
Powering the Maruti Celerio diesel is a 793cc two cylinder DDiS 125 diesel motor which produces a maximum power output of 47 hp at 3500 rpm and a peak torque of 125 Nm at 2000 rpm. Transmission duties are taken care of by a five speed manual transmission.
Source: Economic Times