Maruti Suzuki to discontinue diesel cars from April 2020

In a shocking move, Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will discontinue all diesel cars in its portfolio from April 2020. This move comes in the wake of the BS-VI emission norms that come into effect from April 1, next year. As a result, in less than a year from now, there will be no diesel models on sale in India from the country’s biggest car manufacturer.

Maruti Suzuki currently has two diesel engine options across its range – a 1.3-litre four-cylinder unit sourced from Fiat, and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder block that recently made its debut in the Ciaz sedan. Both these engines are currently not compliant with the stricter BS-VI emission norms. As a result, the company will not be able to use these power plants post April 2020.

It is worth noting here that Maruti can indeed modify its freshly developed 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine to suit the BS-VI requirements. However, the company has decided to wait and see whether there is enough demand for diesel engines post BS-VI implementation, before making an investment in its diesel power plant. Currently, 30 per cent of Maruti’s sales revenue comes from diesel-powered models.

At the moment, Maruti Suzuki sells diesel variants of popular models like the Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, and S-Cross. The last two of these models don’t even get a petrol engine option in their lineup. As a result, we expect to see Maruti plonk a petrol engine in both these models in the coming months to continue selling them post April 2020.

We do expect Maruti to tweak its 1.5-litre diesel engine in a few months and start offering it with its bigger models like the Ertiga, Ciaz and S-Cross. However, this would be done if the company sees it economically viable to make a big expense on the engine. If all manufacturers decide to not offer diesel engines in this price range, we might as well see the death of the DDiS engine lineup.

Bhavik Sharma

Born with a love for automobiles, Bhavik has been in the field of motoring journalism for over 4 years. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and is currently supplying his valuable inputs to the budding platform of Autosite India.

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