A 1.5L diesel engine was expected to be reintroduced in the BSVI avatar by Maruti Suzuki. It was anticipated that diesel engines would have been available for vehicles like the XL6, the Ertiga and the Vitara Brezza.
According to a new media report, Maruti Suzuki has discontinued its 1.5L BSVI diesel engine.
By the end of 2023, Suzuki plans to launch about five new vehicles. Among other vehicles to be launched by the company are two SUVs, a made-in-India five-door Jimny and a second-generation Vitara Brezza. Suzuki Motor Corporation cited return on investment problems as a reason for shelving diesel engines, according to Mobility Outlook.
In addition to the rising diesel prices, the brand is shifting its focus to electrics, which are the other reasons for shelving the 1.5L diesel engine project. A price increase of 18.58 rupees per litre occurred in FY21. In addition, the gap between petrol and diesel has significantly narrowed.
The BSVI regulations came into effect in April 2020, so Suzuki discontinued all diesel models across its entire model range. It is expected that the prices of Maruti Suzuki’s diesel vehicles will rise significantly, which means most of their cars are compact. Several industry experts have expressed concerns about the future of diesel engines due to the rising popularity of electric vehicles and alternative fuels.
A strategy for electrification has been announced by Maruti Suzuki Motor Corporation. We are planning to introduce our first electric vehicle by 2025, as well as strong hybrids. CNG is another immediate alternative fuel to diesel cars that Maruti Suzuki will offer alongside hybrids and EVs. Including the Vitara Brezza, new CNG versions of current vehicles will be introduced by the company.
Maruti Suzuki plans to launch the locally developed 5-door version of its Jimny off-roader in Japan by July 2021. In partnership with Toyota, the company is also developing a new mid-sized SUV. In addition, a second-generation Brezza and a new crossover SUV are in the works.