Maruti Suzuki launches SX4’s diesel variant

February 22nd, 2011 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Automobile major Maruti Suzuki Tuesday launched the diesel variant of its mid-sized sedan SX4 with a price tag of Rs.7.74 - 8.62 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).”The usage of diesel vehicles has gone up substantially due to the need to travel farther. We were asked many times when are we going to launch the diesel variants of SX4 and now it’s here,” Maruti Suzuki’s managing director and chief executive Shinzo Nakanishi said.

According to him, the diesel variant of its best-seller mid-size segment car will provide a powerful performance with superior engine technology and better fuel economy of 21.5 km per litre.

This is the sedan’s third fuel variant after its launch some three years ago. SX4 is now available in petrol, compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel models.

SX4 diesel is powered by a four-cylinder ‘Super Turbo DDiS’ engine which can deliver 90 PS of power at 4,000 rpm. According to the company, the high torque (power) at low rpm levels makes the car highly suitable for city driving.

“The engine will be manufactured at Suzuki Powertrain India Limited, which manufactures diesel engines for Swift, Dzire and Ritz and has an annual capacity of 300,000 units,” the company said in a statement.

Another unique feature of the diesel variant is the inclusion of ‘On-Board Diagnostics’ (OBD-2) system which gives information about any malfunction in the emission control system of the car.

The company further said that it expected the diesel variant to expand its market share in the segment.

Currently, SX4 sells about 1,500-1,600 units per month, while the company till date has sold about 75,000 units.

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