Based on the report from the Economic Times, the Indian carmaker is planning to slowly discontinue the 800cc diesel engine from the segment of passenger cars. Currently, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio is available with the 800cc diesel engine, which is the first one in the diesel engine family. The Indo-Japanese car maker has developed this small diesel engine for the passenger car market without any help from others.
From the last one year, the diesel market has poor demand in the country due to some industrious reasons and a lot of factors. Especially, the graph of the entry-level segment falls down with the different reasons. The price gap between the petrol and diesel powered cars and the Supreme Court’s unstable policy on the diesel-powered cars are the main reasons. Besides, the implementation of the Bharat Stage VI (BS VI) emission norms in the existing and new vehicles by 2020 is also one of the factors.
The cost of the diesel engines with the integration of BS-VI emission norms is higher than the existing BS-IV emission norms diesel engines. So that the price gap between the diesel and petrol powered cars is increased to around Rs 2 lakhs.
As per the sources, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio’s 800cc diesel engine (DDiS 125) has no future in the passenger car market in BS VI emission norms. The Celerio hatchback gets around 7,700 units of sales per a month with the automated manual transmission of AGS technology and the three-cylinder fuel-efficient petrol engine.
At present, the 800cc diesel engine is available in the entry-level LCV, Maruti Super Carry. According to the news, the LCV will continue the diesel engine while the Celerio diesel will be discontinued in the domestic market. Besides, the company is researching on the new generation engines for the upcoming vehicles.