Maruti Suzuki’s previous tagline “Kitna Deti Hai?” has been lost somewhere as competitors like Honda and Tata had taken away the title of the most fuel-efficient cars. It was until recently that Maruti Suzuki introduced the Swift DZire diesel and the Ciaz diesel that have bounced back in the most fuel-efficient cars in the country.
Maruti Suzuki will be introducing the new 800cc two-cylinder diesel engine, which is Suzuki’s first in-house developed engine. This will power the Celerio and as per the ARAI cycle of fuel-efficiency should return a mileage of about 30 km/l, which will be the highest of all. Also, Maruti Suzuki will be introducing the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is the four-cylinder version of the same 800cc engine, on its next-generation cars. This engine is also claimed to be highly fuel-efficient and powerful when compared to the currently sold 1.3-litre multijet.
The petrol engines of Maruti Suzuki are also a lot more fuel-efficient than what they were. Our sources suggest that Maruti Suzuki has a new policy where it gives out a target to its R&D teams to reduce the mass of the part by about 1 gram, on without hampering any safety or quality aspect. This is probably one strong reason why the Japanese manufacturer has managed to increase the efficiency of the Swift DZire after its facelift.
Things don’t stop here as the company is looking at going to the next-step by introducing start-stop system on the premium models like the Ciaz and even the YRA. The start-stop system will also be coming on the Wagon R. Suzuki has developed a hybrid version of the Swift and we can expect the Swift hybrid to come to India sometime in 2017. This will have a 658cc engine and an electric motor, both together producing about 85bhp of power. The company has several plans to flood the Indian car market with refreshes and new products as it plans to introduce 12-13 new products in the coming four years time.