Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Ertiga & XL6 Petrol Hybrid cars recalled for possible mechanical defect

Maruti Suzuki has just recalled over 60,000 units of the Ciaz C-Segment sedan, the Ertiga and XL6 MPVs for a possible mechanical defect in the MGU (Motor Generator Unit). The MGU is a mechanical part that forms a part of the Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) mild hybrid unit. The recall covers only the petrol hybrid variants of the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6, and diesel powered versions of the Ciaz and Ertiga (that also have mild hybrid powertrains) are unaffected.

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Maruti Suzuki dealers across India will begin contacting the affected customers of the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 starting today, asking them to bring their vehicles in for an inspection, after which the MGU could be replaced if required.  63,493 units of the Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 Petrol Mild Hybrid cars have been affected by this recall. The exercise will be carried out at no cost to the customer.

Here’s Maruti Suzuki’s official statement on the recall,

The company will inspect 63,493 vehicles of petrol SHVS of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 for a possible issue with the Motor Generator Unit (MGU). Starting 6 December 2019 owners of the suspected vehicles under this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty part. In the interest of its customers, the company has decided to proactively recall the vehicles for inspection and those found ok will be released immediately.
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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 feature a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that gets a mild hybrid system to boost fuel efficiency. The engine makes 104 Bhp-138 Nm, and is a smooth, punchy unit. It is available with two gearbox options: a 5 speed manual and a 4 speed torque converter automatic. The Ciaz and Ertiga are also available with two diesel engine options: a 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet unit with 89 Bhp-200 Nm paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox, and a 1.5 liter in-house developed unit with 94 Bhp-225 Nm, paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox.
Soon, Maruti Suzuki will discontinue the diesel variants of the Ciaz and Ertiga as both engines haven’t been made Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms compliant. In contrast, the 1.5 liter K-Series petrol is already BS6 compliant, and is likely to get a CNG-Petrol dual fuel option sometime next time in specific markets of India to make up for the discontinuation of the diesel engine. Maruti could bring back the BS6 version of the 1.5 liter diesel engine on both cars if the automaker sees enough demand for diesels once the BS6 norms come into place.