The Maruti Ertiga, along with the Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and the S-Cross is soon going to get a new 1.5-litre diesel engine added to their portfolio.
Maruti Suzuki launched the Ertiga MPV, in its second generation avatar in India last year. Based on a new platform, the 2018 iteration of this budget people carrier came with an all-new exterior design, a completely revised cabin, a whole array of added features and addition of some safety features. Maruti also introduced a new 1.5-litre petrol engine in this MPV’s line-up while retaining the older 1.3-litre diesel engine.
The Indo-Japanese automaker, however, is currently developing a new 1.5-litre diesel engine in-house. This new engine will eventually replace the existing 1.3-litre unit from Ertiga’s model line-up. This engine, according to the leaked information is capable of churning out 94 BHP of power along with 225 Nm of peak torque. It is likely to be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.
In comparison, the current 1.3-litre diesel engine is capable of churning out 88 BHP of power along with 200 Nm of peak torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The reason for shifting to a new diesel engine is because the current one will not be able to meet the upcoming BS-VI emission regulations. And Fiat, from which Maruti sourced it from has decided not to upgrade it.
After Maruti introduced this engine in the Ertiga, this new 1.5-litre, diesel will eventually make its way under the hood of the Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross. First, Maruti is going to introduce this engine alongside the existing 1.3-litre unit in BS-IV spec and then at a later stage, closer to the BS-VI deadline, will upgrade it to meet the said emission compliance. At that time, it will replace the 1.3-litre engine completely.