Maruti Suzuki S-Cross to Source 1.6-litre diesel engine from Fiat
The Maruti Suzuki S-Cross’s diesel power plant has always been a topic of concern. This actually has been the case with the company itself. The Japanese manufacturer does not make any diesel engine of its own, until the new 800cc twin-cylinder diesel mill was recently developed. This low capacity diesel engine is currently found on the popular Celerio hatchback and will soon find its way to other small cars as well.
Along with the 800cc Celerio`s engine, Maruti Suzuki was also known to be developing a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel pot. However, the engine’s development is taking longer than usual due to certain problems in the developmental stages. But the company will not let its bigger vehicles go under powered in the meantime and will instead source Fiat’s 1.6-litre diesel engine. This engine will be powering the upcoming S-Cross crossover.
According to Economic Times, the 1.6-litre unit may also be carried over to the Ciaz sedan, which is currently very underpowered, thanks to the famous 1.3-litre diesel engine that is sourced from Fiat. This same engine is used in the Maruti Suzuki Swift range, by Tata Motors and by Fiat themselves as well. But, the 1.6-litre unit from Fiat is not used by any car manufacturer in India till now.
This diesel engine will be used by Maruti Suzuki as a stop gap arrangement till the time its in-house 1.5-litre diesel engine comes to the market, which is expected sometime by 2017. Production of the S-Cross has already commenced at the company’s plant in Gurgaon and further details regarding the SUV are only expected in the coming few days.
Anyhow, Maruti Suzuki experienced a 13.8 percent growth in sales for the month of May 2015, selling a total of 1, 14,825 units. Domestic sales of the company rose by 13 percent to 1, 02,359 units, while exports rose by 20 percent to 12,466 cars. Maruti was able to sell 5012 units of the Ciaz in May 2015, while the Alto and WagonR models were the highest contributors for the car manufacturer selling a total of 35,062 units combined in the same month.