The sales slowdown is biting and the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms is adding to the woes at India’s largest car maker – Maruti Suzuki. Diesel cars, which have been losing sheen in the small car space thanks to uncertainty over the future of diesel and the lessening gap between petrol and diesel cost, are struggling to sell. To push sales, Maruti Suzuki is now offering discounts of up to Rs. 74,000 on its diesel cars. According to Mycarhelpline, discounts are being offered on the Maruti Swift, Dzire, Baleno, Ciaz, S-Cross and Brezza. While the Maruti Swift, Dzire and Baleno use the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine in 74 Bhp-190 Nm state of tune, the Ciaz, S-Cross and the Brezza offer the same engine in a higher: 89 Bhp-200 Nm state of tune. While Maruti offers a bigger 1.5 liter diesel engine on the Ciaz, all other care are likely to see the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine getting phased out by April 2020.
Talking about the discounts on offer, the Maruti Swift Diesel gets discounts of up to Rs. 68,000, which is split into a cash discount of Rs. 20,000, free 5 year extended warranty worth Rs. 18,000, exchange bonus of Rs. 25,000 and a corporate discount of Rs. 5,000. The Maruti Dzire Diesel gets discounts of Rs. 74,000, split into a cash discount of Rs. 44,000, exchange bonus of Rs. 25,000 and a corporate discount of Rs. 5,000. The cash discount on the Dzire can be reduced in lieu of free 5 year extended warranty. The Maruti Ciaz and S-Cross get discounts of Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 60,000 respectively. On the Ciaz, cash discount comes up to Rs. 30,000, exchange bonus of another Rs. 30,000 and a corporate discount of Rs. 10,000. As for the S-Cross, the discounts are similar to that on the Ciaz, except for the cash discount component, which is Rs. 20,000. The Baleno Diesel gets Rs. 30,000 off, split into a cash discount of Rs. 10,000, an exchange bonus of Rs. 15,000 and a corporate discount of Rs. 5,000. The Brezza gets a Rs. 66,000 discount, split into Rs. 15,000 cash discount, Rs. 25,000 exchange bonus, Rs. 5,000 corporate discount and an additional Rs. 21,000 cash discount/free extended warranty for 5 years.
So, what does this mean to you, the diesel car buyer? You need not worry at least for 10 years. 1. Maruti Suzuki will not stop supporting the 1.3 liter Fiat Multijet diesel engine as they are required to supply spares for at least 10 years from discontinuation of the car model as per Indian law. 2. All of these cars are very popular, which means that the after market will also support them for a long time to come. 3. BHarat Stage 6 (BS6) norms will apply only to cars sold after April 1st, 2020. So, buying a BS4 diesel car is totally safe. Also, the Indian government has no plans to ban diesel engined cars that are less than 10 years old. So, owners buying their diesel cars in 2019 can drive them without issues up to 2019. So, if your driving involves over 1,500 Kms per month or if you love the punchy torque of a diesel, it’s still a a great time to opt for one of these highly reliable and affordable cars.