Maruti Suzuki Drops the Fiat-sourced MultiJet Engine from the Ciaz

by Kshitij Rawat | 21/08/2019
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Maruti Suzuki is replacing the Fiat-sourced MultiJet engines it has been using for over a decade, dropping them from its line-up beginning with the Ertiga, and now the Ciaz

After Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki has now done away with the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel engine on the Ciaz It is no surprise that the BSVI norms have the Indian automotive industry in a frenzy right now and manufacturers are either set to bring their current engines up to standard, or scrapping them altogether in favour of developing new ones. We’ve seen the latter happen in Maruti Suzuki’s line-up earlier in the Ertiga, and we’re seeing it happen again in the Ciaz.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift dynamic view

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has dropped the 1.3-litre Fiat Multijet diesel in favour of MSIL's in-house 1.5L DDiS engine

Maruti had first introduced the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel engine in the Swift and Swift Dzire back in 2007. The engine has also done duty on other Maruti models like the Ritz, Ignis, Baleno, Vitara Brezza, and S-Cross. In fact, Maruti currently only offers the Brezza with the 1.3 diesel engine, with a petrol variant slated for release in the near future.

As for the Ertiga and Ciaz, they now offer MSIL’s inhouse developed 1.5-litre DDiS diesel engine. While even this motor isn’t BS-VI compliant as of now, Maruti claims it will be before the April 2020 deadline. The Ciaz also offers a smart hybrid version of the new diesel engine, just like the previous one.

Maruti Suzuki smart hybrid engine powertrain

The Ciaz features smart hybrid technology on both the petrol and diesel variants

In comparison with the older Fiat engine, the new Suzuki engine is more refined, powerful and offers less turbo-lag as well. The 1.3 MultiJet was offered in two versions; a fixed geometry turbocharger helps it push out a maximum of 75 HP and 190 Nm, while the same motor with a variable geometry turbocharger made 90 HP and 200 Nm. The 1.5 DDiS motor, owing to its larger displacement, churns out 95 HP and 225 Nm of peak power and torque respectively.

Meanwhile, BSVI compliant petrol variants of the Ciaz and Ertiga have already been launched, following in the footsteps of the Baleno, Wagon R, Swift, Dzire, and Alto. Unlike the others, which use Suzuki’s 1.2 K12B engine, the Ciaz and Ertiga features a smart hybrid system in conjunction with the 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine to reduce emissions and improve efficiency. The same powertrain is expected to be found under the hood of the upcoming Maruti Suzuki XL6.


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