Maruti Suzuki is the largest car manufacturer in the country and has a wide range of vehicles on offer. Maruti is also one of the manufacturer to offer a wide range of vehicles with CNG options. There current range of vehicles that come with CNG options include Alto, Celerio, WagonR, Ertiga, old-generation Swift Dzire also known as Tour S, Eeco and so on. We all know that Maruti has dumped their diesel engines and are concentrating more on petrol and CNG fuel options. In order to expand their portfolio of CNG option vehicles, Maruti is now planning to introduce CNG option in Dzire and Ciaz sedan.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire is a sub-4 meter compact sedan that competes with Honda Amaze, Hyundai Aura, Ford Aspire, Hyundai Xcent in the segment. Dzire is without any doubt the most selling model in the segment. It recently got an update and became BS6 compliant. Some cosmetic changes were also made to the exterior to give it a fresh look. It is now available with a BS6 complaint 1.2 litre petrol engine only. If Maruti launches the CNG option in Dzire, it will be powered by the very same engine. While using petrol fuel, the engine is capable of generating a maximum of 86 Bhp and 113 Nm of torque. It is available with a manual and an AMT gearbox option.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is another popular offering from the brand that competes with cars like Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Skoda Rapid in the segment. It is also powered by a petrol engine only and uses a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine that was developed by Suzuki in-house. The engine develops a maximum of 103 Bhp and 138 Nm of torque. It is available with a manual and automatic transmission option. Aetting the CNG kit installed in the system, both cars are expected to produce marginally lower power and torque than the petrol versions.
Maruti Suzuki was one of the first manufacturer in the country to offer factory fitted CNG kit with the vehicles and now they are expanding their portfolio and are committed of introducing newer and green technologies. In the coming years, Maruti is expected to introduce more such vehicles with CNG fuel options in the country. Diesels clearly seem to be on their way out, at least for Maruti.