Maruti Udyog Introduces Swift Diesel in India
24 January 2007
Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), Suzuki Motor’s Indian subsidiary, has unveiled the new Swift Diesel in India. The new Swift subcompact is a global car for Suzuki—designed for world markets, it is to be manufactured in Hungary, Japan, China and India. (Earlier post.)
The Swift Diesel introduced by MUL is powered by a new 56 kW (75 hp) turbocharged 1.3-liter DDiS (Diesel Direct Injection System) engine that develops 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque with fuel consumption of 4.6 l/100km (51 mpg US).
The engine that powers the Swift Diesel is an improved and more powerful version of the engine that won Engine of the Year 2005 award in the 1–1.4 liter category in Europe, and is manufactured by Suzuki in India under license from Fiat and Opel.
The new engine combines a fixed geometry turbo with an intercooler. The 1,400 bar common rail injection system features 5-injection technology. An electronic control system in the engine sub-divides the principal injection into smaller multiple injections, leading to more homogeneous combustion. Combined with cooled exhaust gas recirculation, this brings emissions down to a Bharat Stage III rating (comparable to Euro 3), and cuts noise and vibration as well.
The plant is under a joint venture company—Suzuki Powertrain India Limited (SPIL)—in which Suzuki Motor holds 70% and MUL the remainder. The new facility has a capacity to manufacture 100,000 diesel engines annually, which is being scaled up to 300,000 engines.
Demand for diesel cars is growing in India, and Suzuki Motor Corporation and Maruti Udyog have made major investments in diesel facilities to serve this customer need. The Swift Diesel, a world car with a new generation diesel heart, is the best combination of performance and fuel efficiency in the Indian diesel car market.—Jagdish Khattar, Managing Director & CEO of Maruti Udyog Limited
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