Maruti Suzuki could bring back Fiat-sourced 1.6 diesel
- Maruti Suzuki’s BSVI diesel lineup has been subject to a lot of confusion of late. While the company will most likely axe its newly developed 1.5-litre diesel, it could bring back the 1.6-litre diesel which was discontinued back in 2017!
- A prototype of the S-Cross, which is wearing a ‘1.6’ badge and sports emission testing equipment, has been spied recently (see image below). This car could have the BSVI-compliant version of the Fiat-sourced 1.6-lire diesel engine undergoing testing.
- For those unaware, this 1.6-litre engine (making 118 bhp & 320 Nm) was offered in the pre-facelift S-Cross but was discontinued due to poor demand once the facelifted model was introduced.
- Now, it looks like it makes more financial sense for Maruti to upgrade this engine to BSVI emission standards rather than upgrading its in-house developed new 1.5-litre unit.
- Either way, if this engine makes it to Maruti’s lineup post April 2020, it will only be offered in the more expensive models like S-Cross, XL6 and Ciaz. More affordable cars from the company will likely go petrol-only.