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Maruti Suzuki is said to be working on a brand new in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine. The new engine will replace the older tried and tested 1.3-litre unit sourced from Fiat. The new 1.5-litre diesel engine will first debut on the Ciaz sedan, before being introduced on the new Ertiga MPV.
Ahead of its introduction, fresh spy pics from Gaadiwaadi, showcase the new Maruti Ertiga being tested with the new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The new engine is currently in its BS-IV format, however, it can be easily upgraded to the new emission norms once they come into effect. The new diesel engine being developed is set to replace the older Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre unit, as this engine will not be able to comply with the upcoming BS-VI norms.
The new 1.5-litre DDiS 225 produces 95bhp and 225Nm of peak torque. It is further mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, however, it will miss out on Maruti's SHVS mild-hybrid technology. The new diesel engine will also offer better fuel economy of 26.83km/l. The engine reportedly has lowered NVH levels, resulting in a much quieter cabin while also offering smoother gearshifts.
Apart from the change in the engine, no other changes are expected to the new Maruti Ertiga. It will continue to be offered in the same variants, each with its own list of features and equipment. Maruti is also currently said to be working on a more premium six-seater version of the Ertiga MPV for the Indian market.
The new six-seater Maruti Ertiga MPV once launched in India will be sold exclusively through the brand's premium NEXA dealerships. The six-seater variant will come with captain seats and directly take on the Toyota Innova Crysta; currently the MPV segment leader.
Coming back to the standard Maruti Ertiga, the MPV is also available with the 1.5-litre petrol engine option. The petrol engine is also a new in-house developed unit from Maruti Suzuki and produces 105bhp and 138Nm of torque. It is mated to either a five-speed manual gearbox or the optional four-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Thoughts On The Maruti Ertiga With The New Diesel Engine
The Maruti Ertiga will receive the new 1.5-litre diesel engine soon after the Ciaz sedan. Once launched in the market, the brand will later update the model again to comply with the BS-VI norms; coming into effect from 1st April 2020. The Maruti Ertiga MPV rivals the likes of the Renault Lodgy, Mahindra Marazzo and the Toyota Innova Crysta in the segment.