Maruti Suzuki India has been working on new generation of petrol and diesel engines. Two of these engines are the 1.5 liter petrol 4 cylinder, which was launched recently in India on board the new Ciaz. Second is a 1.5 liter diesel 4 cylinder machine, which will be launched very soon.
This new 1.5 liter diesel engine will first make its debut on board the India-spec 2018 Ertiga MPV, which is expected to debut before Diwali 2018. This engine gets more power and torque as compared to the Fiat sourced 1.3 liter diesel engine rated at 90 PS and 200 Nm.
Apart from getting more power and torque, this engine will also get an advanced 6 speed manual transmission. The same has already been spied on test mule of Ertiga. This same diesel engine and 6 MT will also make its debut on the Ciaz, sometime next year. It will come equipped with SHVS mild hybrid system. Price of this new diesel 1.5 L engine’d Ciaz will more or less be same as of current Ciaz.
Another benefit for Maruti is the fact that they will no longer have to pay royalty to Fiat. Currently, Maruti pays a hefty royalty every year to Fiat to produce the 1.3 liter MultiJet diesel engine under license from Fiat.
Speaking about the new 2018 Maruti Ciaz, it gets design updates in the form of a new grille design, swept back headlamp cluster with projector lamps and daytime running lights, new front bumper and new alloy wheels are among its new features. Changes to the rear include new LED tail lamps.
Interiors have also been given a makeover with new comfort, connectivity and safety features. The 2018 Ciaz sedan gets all four power windows, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, ABS, dual airbags and ISOFIX seats as standard. Delta variant onwards, climate control and cruise control are offered while exclusive to the Alpha variants are touchscreen SmartPlay infotainment system. All AT variants get ESP and hill hold assist.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz sedan is powered by a 1.5 liter K15B engine offering 105 PS power at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm torque at 4,400 rpm mated to a 5 speed manual or 4 speed AT torque converter. The diesel engine is a 1.3 liter DDiS 200 unit offering 90 PS power and 200 Nm torque with a 5 speed manual gearbox only. The new Ciaz delivers fuel efficiency of 21.56 kmpl where manual petrol variants are concerned going up to 28.09 kmpl in diesel.