Maruti Suzuki is testing the BS-6 compliant diesel engine on the Ertiga Tour M. The car was recently spied and is expected to be testing the 1.5L diesel engine.
The BS-6 emission norms will come into effect from April 1, 2020. To update the product in order to meet the new emission compliance, manufacturers have been working hard around their cars. While upgrading the outgoing petrol engines to meet the compliance is not a tough job, upgrading diesel engines involves a lot more. Thus, to keep the cost in check, some manufacturers are discontinuing the diesel variants of their cars. Maruti Suzuki, for exampls, has already discontinued diesel engine variants of all its vehicles.
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The Ertiga Tour M is spied with a diesel engine, which is expected to be the BS-6 version of the 1.5L diesel unit seen on the Ciaz and Ertiga
In fact, Maruti Suzuki was the very first car maker to announce its decision to walk away from the diesel engines . The manufacturer also stated, if a heavy demand is forecasted then a diesel engine option would be re-introduced. However, recently, the manufacturer was seen testing the diesel-powered version of the Ertiga Tour M variant. The manufacturer has acquired a decent market share in the commercial vehicle space, where the fleet-spec Tour M variant of the Ertiga is a big hit. To sustain the high demand, Maruti is planning to introduce the BS-6 compliant diesel engine with the Ertiga Tour M. However, Maruti has also launched the CNG version of the Ertiga at a price tag of Rs. 8.95 lakhs, and it will only be available in the VXi trim only.
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The engine is expected to offer similar power and torque out of 95 PS and 225 Nm, respectively
The Maruti Ertiga Tour M is expected to be testing the 1.5L diesel that was earlier seen on the Ciaz and Ertiga. In its original form, the 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine churned out a peak power of 95 PS at 4000 RPM and a maximum torque of 225 Nm at 1500-2500 RPM. It was offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, in the BS-6 avatar, this 1.5L diesel engine is expected to have the same power figures with the identical 6-speed gearbox. With the BS-6 compliance, the engine might lose out on some fuel efficiency figures to meet the cleaner emission norms in comparison to the BS-4 compliant engine, which had an ARAI approved fuel efficiency of 26.82 kmpl.