The 1.6 DV6 turbo diesel engine was jointly developed by Ford and Peugeot and this motor powers a range of Ford, Citroen and Peugeot cars, and also cars from other brands such as the Mini Countryman Diesel and the previous generation Fiat Sedici/SX4 Crossover. The 1.6 liter DV6 motor is available in two states of tune – 90 Bhp with a fixed geometry turbocharger and 110 Bhp with a variable geometry turbocharger.
This engine will get a 6 speed manual gearbox. If the news of this engine powering the India-spec SX4 Cross is indeed true, we expect the 110 Bhp DV6 motor to be offered on the crossover as the other diesel engine that this car is sold with is a 1.6 liter Fiat Multijet motor with a 118 Bhp-320 Nm output. If launched with the Peugeot diesel motor, the SX4 Cross will be the third Maruti Suzuki car to use a diesel engine sourced from Peugeot.
Here’s some trivia. The Maruti Zen and Esteem Diesels used the 1.5 liter TUD5 diesel motor that Maruti Suzuki sourced from Peugeot. The TUD5 engine featured indirect injection and was naturally aspirated. The motor outputted 57 Bhp-96 Nm, and was known for its excellent fuel efficiency and longevity. Cars using the TUD5 diesel engine were discontinued by Maruti Suzuki after failing to meet the tightening emission norms.
Coming back to the SX4 Cross, the crossover will be a five seater and is likely to be priced and positioned in the Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Safari Storme territory. By doing thus, Maruti Suzuki will be creating enough gap to slip in the production version of the XA-Alpha compact SUV, which will measure under five meters in length. Notably, the SX4 Cross measures over 4 meters in length and is in effect not eligible for excise duty benefits.