Maruti Suzuki SX4 in diesel engine in mid 2011 in India
After the success of Swift hatchback and its sedan, Dzire in diesel versions, Maruti Suzuki is in top gear to give its mid-C segment, the SX4 a diesel motor. The SX4 by Maruti is expected to roll out with a new DDiS engine in mid 2011.
Maruti Suzuki SX4 is pitted against the recently released VW Vento in the same segment though Maruti SX4 diesel is also in competition with other rivals such as Ford Fiesta, Fiat Linea, Hyundai Verna and of course Honda City which is its biggest competitor. The diesel motor of the SX4 is expected to be costlier than the petrol version by about Rs. 50,000 but we still have to hear it officially from the automobile manufacturer.
The SX4 by Maruti is most likely to be powered with a 1.3 L Multijet engine from Fiat as the company recently got license from Fiat to develop the engine. Maruti was expected to launch the diesel variant of SX4 much earlier but the same got delayed due to many reasons.
With the launch of diesel SX4 Maruti is anticipating to increase the sales target for SX4 which is not doing so well in the market as the vehicle faced fierce competition from Honda City that sells 2 times the vehicle sold by Maruti.
The 1.3 L 93 hp diesel engine by Fiat also powers Fiat Linea sold in the domestic market. Maruti currently uses the same engine in just one diesel sedan, the Swift Dzire, although the Swift hatchback and Ritz are also powered by the same engine. Maruti already uses the 1.6 L diesel engine by Fiat in its SX4 diesel version in the international market but decided to go for the 1.3L motor for its Indian market in order to keep the costs low as the new 1.6 L engine would require setting up a new plant altogether.
The automobile market recently saw a clear shift in favor of diesel engines and saw more and more people going in for the diesel versions for its cheaper fuel cost and higher fuel efficiency. Maruti also experienced a strong growth in the diesel segment and have seen diesel engine catching fancy of automobile buyers for the obvious reasons and this is the reason it is going to give SX4 a diesel motor.
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