All Maruti Suzuki diesel cars that come with the 1.3-liter diesel engine will no longer be available as of April 1, 2020. As for the newly introduced 1.5-liter diesel engine, the company will decide whether to convert it to BS6 or not based on market demand.
Maruti Suzuki India has confirmed that all diesel cars that come with the DDIS 200 of 1.3 liters and the new engine DDIS 225 of 1.5 liters will be eliminated by April of 2020. The company that published the financial results for 2018-19 for the financial year of today announced that as of April 1, 2020, none of its diesel cars will be for sale in India.
The company has stated that from the BS-6 standards from April 2020, Maruti will focus mainly on improving its line of petrol engines. In fact, 16 Maruti Suzuki petrol models must be upgraded to BS6, including the passenger and commercial vehicle segments.
In explaining the reason for the company’s decision to eliminate diesel cars, RC Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India said: “Any vehicle will not be sold or will be eliminated if it has low sale rate in the market.” If you do it in a small diesel car, the percentage increase in the sale price of the car becomes significant.
Now, the viability of that car also depends on the relative prices of petrol and diesel. If the gap between the two is large, then customers will pay a higher price for a diesel vehicle, because it generally works, but if the gap between gasoline and diesel is small, it does not work unless you drive 5000 km a month, which very few people do, that’s why today the gap is very low, and with the price increase implied by the conversion to BS6 and the Diesel fuel price, our assessment is that it will not be a viable product that customers are going to buy. “
Among the existing models of the company, Maruti Suzuki have the Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross that currently come with the diesel engine mentioned above, and none of these models will have a die.
While the others will continue with their respective gasoline engines, both the Vitara Brezza and the S-Cross are only offered with the 1.3-liter diesel engine. Speaking of the Vitara Brezza, Bhargava has confirmed that the SUV will get a gasoline version before the deadline, possibly the 1.5-liter gasoline engine introduced with the Ciaz and Ertiga. However, at this time there are no updates on the S-Cross.
The company recently launched its new 1.5-liter diesel engine with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, however, the automaker said it could reappear later, but by April 2020 it will not be for sale in India. Maruti Suzuki will decide whether it will sell the new diesel engine in India or not according to demand and market conditions.
As for the 1.5-liter engine, the company will see how the market situation is, and if the market situation is favorable and the price is reasonable, company will convert it,” said R C Bhargava. At this time, total sales of Maruti diesel cars are from 22 to 23 percent. The company has also confirmed that it will stop producing diesel engines that meet the BS-4 standard by the end of 2019.
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