Why is Maruti Celerio diesel wearing DDiS 125 badge?
To be launched in coming weeks, Celerio diesel is to be powered by Maruti Suzuki’s new 793 twin cylinder motor, developed in-house by MSIL. A demo car of Maruti Celerio diesel variant has been spied for the first time.
So if the Celerio diesel is going to get a 800 cc engine, why is it wearing a 125 DDiS badge? Is it because it does not have a 800 cc diesel unit under the hood? Instead, does it feature the same Fiat sourced 1248 cc four cylinder diesel engine, which does duty on some of the best selling Maruti Suzuki cars – Swift, DZire, and Ertiga.
Though we cannot say for certain, the DDiS 125 badge points the answer in that direction. Somehow the thought of seeing Fiat’s 1.3l diesel mill inside Celerio, is more exciting then seeing a puny 800 cc diesel heart.
Being about 100 kgs lighter in weight than Swift diesel, Maruti could use a de-tuned variant of 1.3l DDiS on-board Celerio, offering about 60-65 hp (on-board Swift this engine delivers 75 PS, Ertiga gets 90 PS out of this mill). This combination could bring back a new segment of buyers to Maruti in the entry level diesel hatchback segment.
Considering that the 1.3l mill offers 26.59 kmpl (claimed) fuel economy in Swift, chances are that it can offer 28+ kmpl on board the Celerio DDiS 125. Another advantage, being a 4 cylinder, the engine will be more refined, and will have lesser vibrations.
If 1.3l diesel is going to be powering the Celerio diesel, where is the 800 cc engine, which has been talk of the town ever since news about it was leaked? Is Maruti planning to offer two diesel engine options on board Celerio? One with 1.3l mill and the other being 800 cc? Or have the scrapped plans of offering the 800 cc diesel on board Celerio due to engine refinement issues (Tata Nano diesel 800 cc project is put on the back burner due to the same reason)?
Or is Maruti calling the Celerio diesel DDiS 125 because 800 cc diesel engine delivers 125 Nm torque? Whatever be the case, Maruti Suzuki will soon disclose their plans. Until then, we would like to hear from readers as to what they would prefer to see under the hood of Celerio diesel?