Maruti Suzuki BS-VI Ertiga Diesel Spotted Testing

  • Nov 14, 2019

India’s largest carmaker by volumes, Maruti Suzuki, seems to be reconsidering its decision of not selling any diesel automobiles in the BS-VI era. A heavily camouflaged model of the Ertiga multipurpose vehicle (MPV) has been recently spotted during one of its test runs with a BS-VI diesel engine. The BS-VI emission standard will be implemented countrywide from April 1.

The Ertiga is currently available in a set of 1.5-litre diesel and petrol motors. The car is also sold in an optional CNG model. The petrol Ertiga already conforms to the BS-VI standard, while the diesel version has a BS-IV unit. The latter is all set to be discontinued.

It now seems that the Indo-Japanese carmaker will continue to sell diesel versions of its bigger cars even after the implementation of the BS-VI norm. The Ertiga spotted being tested was fitted with a DDiS badge. The car also sported a sticker to indicate that it was being tested for BS-VI emission.

The interior of the new car was expectedly not visible. The BS-VI Ertiga, however, is likely to retain most of the features of the current version along with some cosmetic changes.

The S-Cross crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) was earlier spotted undergoing a BS-VI emission test with a diesel engine. The 1.5-litre unit has been developed by Maruti Suzuki itself. It outputs 225Nm peak torque and 95PS maximum power. The motor is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Both the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 MPVs, however, may be hauled by a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre diesel motor.

The upgrade to the BS-VI standard would undeniably hike the price of the Ertiga diesel. Industry sources claim that the car may command a premium of about ₹1 lakh. The XL6, which is essentially a premium version of the Ertiga, currently commands an ex-showroom price between ₹9.79 lakh to ₹11.46 lakh. The current Ertiga diesel, on the other hand, is pegged between ₹9.87 lakh and ₹11.21 lakh.


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