In what is a disappointing news for those who have been waiting for Maruti Ciaz 1.6L DDiS diesel (Fiat-sourced MultiJet) variant, the company officials have confirmed that there no immediate plans to expand the mid-size sedan’s powertrain lineup.
Ciaz diesel currently derives power from the familiar 1.3-litre DDiS (also a Fiat-sourced MultiJet unit) engine which is tuned to deliver 90 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the engine is the smallest oil burner in the segment and also produces least amount of power. Introduction of 1.6L DDiS would help the sedan take Verna 1.6L diesel head on.
The bigger diesel engine produces a healthy 120 PS and 320 Nm of torque on board Maruti S-Cross and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The crossover has a commendable ARAI rated mileage of 22.7 kmpl. Owing to lighter kerb weight, the motor would deliver even better fuel economy when bolted on to Ciaz.
We hope Maruti will introduce the 1.6L DDiS diesel motor in Ciaz when the sedan is ready for a mid-life refresh in a couple of years.