That Maruti Suzuki is working on a small capacity, 800 cc turbo diesel engine for use in the upcoming Y9T code-named mini pick up truck based on the Suzuki Carry (Eeco) platform is something that is well known. FinancialExpress, quotes unnamed sources that this engine will also see application in the diesel variant of the recently launched Celerio hatchback.
The Celerio with the diesel engine under its hood is said to be in the works for the first quarter of 2015, just a year from now. If the Celerio with an 800 cc indeed materializes, the hatchback will be the car with the smallest capacity diesel engine in India, a crown that currently belongs to the Chevrolet Beat, which is sold with a 936 cc- 3 cylinder turbo diesel engine.
An interesting aspect about the new 800 cc turbo diesel engine that Maruti Suzuki is developing for use on the Y9T mini pick up truck is that it is a twin cylinder unit. Twin cylinder engines aren’t exactly known for their refinement and low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. Also, NVH levels aren’t the priority of commercial vehicles buyers but can make or break deals in the passenger car space.
Therefore, Maruti Suzuki engineers could have a task at their hands to develop this engine to meet NVH level requirements of passenger cars such as the Celerio. Meanwhile, the Celerio hatchback has been making waves for Maruti Suzuki, on the back of automated manual transmission (AMT) technology.
Compared with the manual gearbox equipped Celerios, Maruti Suzuki is selling an equal number of the AMT equipped versions, heralding the rise of automated manual transmission technology in the price sensitive budget car space. The success of the Celerio AMT is likely to embolden Maruti Suzuki into launching more cars equipped with AMT technology. Plans to launch the Alto K10 AMT and WagonR AMT are already said to be afoot at Maruti Suzuki.