Maruti Suzuki is all set to phase out diesel engined cars – especially the ones running on the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged motor. This also means hefty discounts for those who want a diesel powered car from the Maruti Suzuki line-up. Hot sellers such as the Maruti Ciaz C-Segment sedan and the S-Cross Diesel are now seeing discounts of upto Rs. 1.15 lakhs. The catch is that this discount is available only on the 1.3 diesel engined versions of the Ciaz and the S-Cross.
While the Ciaz now is offered with a 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine, dealers continue to have leftover stock of the 1.3 liter diesel engined versions of this sedan. As the deadline for implementation of Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms gets nearer (April 2020), dealers are off loading stock of the Ciaz 1.3 Diesel at a discount of Rs. 1.15 lakhs. This discount is split up into multiple components: a 55,000 rupee cash discount, exchange bonus of Rs. 30,000, a corporate discount of Rs. 10,000 and a 5 year extended warranty pack worth Rs. 20,000.
As the S-Cross, the crossover is currently available with a single engine option: the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel paired to a mild hybrid powertrain. The discounts on the S-Cross total to Rs. 1.12 lakhs, and the discount is split into a Rs. 50,000 cash component, an exchange bonus of Rs. 30,000, a corporate discount of Rs. 10,000 and a free 5 year extended warranty pack.
The 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet turbocharged diesel engine that powers both the S-Cross and Ciaz gets the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid as standard. This motor makes 89 Bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox on offer is a 5 speed manual unit while a front wheel drive layout is standard on both cars. Ground clearance of the Ciaz, at 170 mm, is the best-in-class while the S-Cross also offers adequate ground clearance of 180 mm. While the Ciaz is known for its spacious interiors and expansive legroom for the passengers at the rear, the S-Cross is a big draw for those who want flashy looks.
The front end styling of the S-Cross is particularly alluring, and is a big selling point of this crossover, which is one of the better built models from Maruti Suzuki. Both cars are supremely reliable and are associated with low maintenance costs. While the S-Cross will get a 1.5 liter K-Series petrol engine to replace the 1.3 liter diesel next year (once the BS6 norms come into place), the Ciaz already has this petrol engine option, which is available with 5 speed manual and 4 speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. The 1.5 liter diesel engine of the Ciaz is also likely to be discontinued for at least a few months until Maruti’s engineers make the engine compliant with BS6 norms.