Maruti Suzuki unveils SX4 Diesel

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki's today rolled out its SX4 Diesel from the company's Chennai, with a starting price of Rs7.7 lakh  The launch makes the SX4 the only sedan in the country to sport petrol, CNG and now a diesel variant, Maruti said.

Maruti said the new vehicle, which will be offered in three variants: VDi; ZDi and  ZDi, with leather upholstery, was more fuel efficient than all comparable cars in its class.

The Super Turbo DDiS engine mounted on the SX4, delivers 90PS of peak power at 4000rpm. The engine offers a maximum torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm, which is comparable to higher capacity engines in competing cars. To the customer this implies excellent response and acceleration. The high torque at lower rpm levels makes SX4 Diesel highly suited for city driving conditions as well. At the same time, the Super Turbo engine, with a linear acceleration curve, provides a consistent and smooth drive.

The Super Turbo DDiS engine will be manufactured at Suzuki Powertrain India Limited, the Manesar-based joint venture of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan and Maruti Suzuki India Limited. This joint venture manufactures diesel engines for Swift, DZire & Ritz and has an annual capacity of 300,000 units.

The company said that the SX4 Diesel offers an impressive fuel efficiency of 21.5 km per litre (certified as per CMVR rules). This is 8 per cent more than comparable cars.

This is the first car in the country to be certified as 'OBD-2' compliant. OBD refers to on board diagnostics. OBD-2 informs the customer of any malfunction in the emission control system which may be leading to undue increase in exhaust emissions.

Shinzo Nakanishi, managing director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki said, ''SX4 with a Diesel engine is one of the most attractive cars in the upper A3 segment. With the changed urban landscape, suburbs have become an integral part of cities and people travel long distances. The new age diesel technology as offered by the SX4 Super Turbo Diesel is high on power and performance while being low on emissions. SX4 Diesel offers an economical and punchier ride.''

Expressing confidence in the SX4 Diesel he added, ''We expect the SX4 diesel to repeat the success of our other diesel offerings and strengthen the Maruti Suzuki portfolio''.
In the last four years, Maruti Suzuki has mounted diesel engines on Swift, Dzire and Ritz.