The Indian car buyers are in eternal love with high mileage. And as the Indians love more economical cars, diesel cars have been India’s favorite for long, as they come with higher mileage and offer the convenience of lower fuel price over the petrol counterparts. An Indian car buyer won’t mind paying extra bucks for a new diesel car simply for these two reasons. Although things have been going against the diesel cars lately owing to the lowering price gap between diesel and petrol and for growing pollution issues, the love for diesel cars has far from ended. While consumers are increasingly leaning back again towards the petrol cars, many still prefer going the diesel way.
Owing to the great customer demands, the car manufacturing majors of India have been making the diesel cars more refined over the years and empowering them with new technology to further augment their fuel efficiency. Maruti Suzuki being the largest car manufacturer of India has been known for its great fuel efficient cars, and with its mild hybrid system, the Indo-Japanese car major has gone up a level in offering superb frugal cars. Although there are many diesel cars from Maruti, a handful of them offer the best in terms of mileage.
Take a look at the top 5 Diesel car models from the house of Maruti Suzuki – India’s most loved and trusted car brand:
1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS
Maruti Suzuki discontinued the ill-fated SX4 premium sedan and replaced it with the all-new Ciaz. The elegant and very capable Ciaz mid-sized sedan with its great quality and features became a massive success. Maruti soon enhanced the appeal of the Ciaz by offering a more frugal diesel option – the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS diesel mild-hybrid variant.
SHVS stand for Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki, and it uses low-cost hybrid technology to enhance the fuel efficiency while also reducing the emission levels, creating a win-win situation. The SHVS system utilizes an integrated starter generator, an engine start-stop technology and a larger capacity battery.
The Ciaz SHVS gets the same 1.3L DDiS diesel motor empowered with the SVHS system. The powertrain offers 88.5 bhp of power and 200 Nm of peak torque and is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission.
While the regular Ciaz diesel offered an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 26.21 Km per liter, the new Ciaz SHVS offers an exceptional mileage of 28.09 Km per liter. This makes the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS the most fuel efficient car of India.
2. Maruti Suzuki Celerio
Maruti Suzuki brought about a mini revolution in the car market of India with the launch of the Celerio that came with the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox for the first time. The Celerio initially launched as a petrol only model, but its diesel version was introduced soon. The diesel Celerio became India’s most fuel efficient car with an outstanding ARAI mileage of 27.62 km per liter, however it came down to the second position in terms of mileage after the launch of the Ciaz SHVS.
The Maruti Celerio Diesel comes powered by Maruti Suzuki’s first self-manufactured diesel engine that is a miniature 793 cc mill with only 2 cylinders. This all aluminum diesel motor comes with a turbocharger and a compact fuel distribution system to offer amazing mileage. It offers a max power of 47 bhp and 125 Nm of top torque and is mated to only a 5 speed manual transmission, while the AMT is offered as an option only on the petrol version.
Maruti tasted great success with its Baleno premium hatchback that’s currently a hot seller. It charmed the Indian audience with fresh and sporty contemporary, spacious interiors and premium materials and great features, making it a favorite of the style and value conscious Indian premium hatch buyers.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes in both petrol and diesel versions and offer good fuel efficiency in both versions. The Baleno diesel comes powered by the very familiar Fiat sourced 1.3 liter DDiS diesel motor and Baleno is good for 83 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque and has been tuned to deliver an excellent mileage of 27.39 km per liter.
Maruti Suzuki’s another popular model is the Ertiga MPV. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV also comes with an SHVS variant like that of the Ciaz, although its mileage is not that brilliant.
The Ertiga is a capable and very practical small MPV that has been a very popular choice for its spacious interiors and good ride and handling. Other the years, the Ertiga has received good upgrades as well with cosmetic and mechanical improvements along with added features to make the car all the more attractive.
Like the Ciaz, the Ertiga SHVS mild-diesel variant also comes powered by the same 1.3 liter DDiS engine with the SHVS system. The SHVS technology has certainly made the Ertiga more frugal than before. The Ertiga diesel offers 89 Bhp of max power along with 400 Nm of top torque. The engine is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.
The Ertiga SHVS offers an ARAI certified fuel economy Ertiga is 24.52 km per liter that is 18 percent more than the previous diesel version.
Maruti Suzuki’s new game changer is its latest launch – the Vitara Brezza sub-compact SUV. The Vitara Brezza is the company’s first mini SUV and comes with a contemporary and eye-catching design with alluring paint scheme options. The cool new car that amalgamates the convenience of a hatchback and an SUV offers premium quality and great features. These qualities of the Brezza have ensured that is sells like hot cakes in India.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is currently available as a diesel only model, with a petrol variant in the cards for the future. It gets powered by the acclaimed and familiar Fiat sourced DDiS 200 4 pot diesel mill engine that offers 90 Bhp of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of top torque at 1750 rpm, and. The mini SUV also boasts of superb fuel efficiency of 24.3 km per liter.