Maruti Dzire gets a BS-VI compliance engine for the petrol spec only; diesel continues with the BS-IV.
Maruti Suzuki India Limited recently introduced the BS-V compliant engine for the Dzire. The Dzire is the fifth car to receive an upgrade for the engine after Alto 800, Baleno, Swift and WagonR 1.2. The prices for the Maruti Dzire BS-VI received a hike of up to Rs 15,000.
With the upcoming emission and safety norms, many manufacturers have said that all their models will receive a price hike by up to a margin to meet the latest safety and emission norms. Mahindra recently announced a price hike of Rs 36,000, come this July.
Maruti has only upgraded the petrol vehicle as of now while the diesel still receives the BS-IV compliance engine. The power output and mileage are the same as before. It is powered by a 1.2-litre VVT petrol motor churning out 82 bhp with 113 Nm of peak torque and the ARAI certified mileage is 22 kmpl. The new prices for the Maruti Dzire BS-VI now start at Rs 5.83 lakh for the base trim and the top model sets you around Rs 9.58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
In a bid to improve the safety standards in India, all the cars plying on the road will be equipped with AIS-145 safety norms, AIS meaning to Automotive Industry Standards while the numerical means that all cars sold after July 1 should be equipped with standard safety norms.
Thus said, all the cars should have ABS with EBD, airbags, seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors, high-speed alert system, central locking as standard across all variants. Some Manufacturers, of course, offer some more safety features like traction control, hill-assist system, six- airbags but only on their top-end trim.
Also with the upcoming emission norms, many manufacturers have decided to ditch the diesel engines for the small cars. Country’s largest manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki have also said that they will exclude all the diesel vehicles from their portfolio after April 1, 2020.
Tata Motors also have a similar thing to say too but for the smaller engine like the 1.05-litre Revotorq motor found in Tiago and Tigor and the 1.3-litre one available in Bolt and Zest. Whereas Ford has said they will continue to offer a diesel engine in small cars and Hyundai also has the same strategy. Mind you, one the BS-VI emission norms kick in the smaller diesel cars will set you back by up to Rs 2 lakh.