April 2020- phase out year for Maruti Suzuki diesel engines

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Maruti Suzuki will be stopping availability of its all diesel engines from April 2020. Government of India is pushing the all-new FAME policy vigorously. In the same effect, many companies are coming with new ventures in order to acquire the required infrastructure that would satisfy the new norms. The all-new BS-VI norms from the government will be coming into effect from 1st April 2020. It is said that the new norms will be more strict in terms of emissions.

In the same route, Mahindra joined with Ford. On the other hand, big automakers like Jaguar, Volvo, and Mercedes Benz are slowly introducing electrifying their fleet as early as possible. Furthermore, new companies like Tesla and Citroen will be debuting in India in coming years too. Incidentally, this step from foreign companies can be seen as an appreciation of the FAME policy.

Coming to Maruti Suzuki, the company presently avails two diesel mills for its customers. One is the ubiquitous 1.3 Litre multijet engine from Fiat. Another one is the all-new 1.5 Litre four-cylinder DDIS engine. The second engine came with the Ciaz model. Surely, the new regulations are a big challenge for Maruti Suzuki in many aspects. Nearly 30 percentage of Models from Maruti Suzuki in India is diesel ones. Many of the models from the company avail diesel versions and that include the hot-selling Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, and the new Baleno as well.

Alternative:

The company is in ideas to plan a short come back for its diesel engine. This is the most possible move because of the company’s huge investment for the project. So naturally, Maruti has to find an alternative for its discontinuation of the diesel vehicles. Though there is no significant difference between both the mill options, the performance is a big criterion. The lastest and upcoming models like Ciaz, Baleno, Ertiga, and the new mid-range SUV need a performing engine considering their objectives.

Surprisingly, a new regulation Real Driving Emissions (RDE) will be rolling out in 2023. So there will be an increase in prices way more. In Whole, there are a considerable amount of hurdles before Maruti in order to maintain its market and stick to the new regulations.

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