A report on Rushlane suggests that the upcoming, all-new Maruti Ertiga and the recently launched facelifted Ciaz C-segment sedan will get a brand new, 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine. This diesel motor will first make an appearance on the all-new Ertiga MPV, which is expected to launch later this year.
The facelifted Ciaz will get the new diesel engine after a while. Meanwhile, the new diesel engine is expected to replace the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel motor. The new diesel engine is said to be developed in-house by Suzuki, and is likely to be ready to meet the tighter, Bharat Stage 6 emission norms when they come into effect in April 2020.
Exact specifications including the power and torque outputs of the 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine are not known for now. It’s likely that the new turbocharged diesel engine developed by Suzuki will not just power the new Ertiga and the facelifted Ciaz but also a range of other Maruti Suzuki cars that currently use the Fiat Multijet engine.
This means that the likes of the Maruti Swift, Dzire, Baleno and S-Cross will eventually move to the new diesel engine. The possibility of this happening is very high considering the fact that the 1.3 litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine will not be made BS6 compliant.
Also, the 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine for the new Maruti Ertiga and facelifted Ciaz is expected to be available in many states of tune. Both fixed geometry turbocharger and variable geometry turbocharger options are expected to be available on the new engine.
It remains to be seen if Maruti adds the mild hybrid system on the new diesel engine as well. There is a high likelihood of this happening as emission norms are only expected to get tighter in the coming years. The arrival of the new diesel engine will benefit Maruti Suzuki financially as the automaker will no longer have to pay royalty to Fiat given that the Multijet engine will be retired. In the meantime, here is our review of the updated Ciaz with the new 1.5-litre petrol motor: