Maruti Suzuki XL6 Will Be BS6 Compliant

Maruti Suzuki was among the first carmakers in India to announce the decision to drop diesel engines from its portfolio in light of the impending BS VI deadline. This automatically meant that its focus would now shift to BS 6 petrol cars and it has moved at an impressive pace in this regard. As a matter of fact, with the launch of the Maruti Suzuki XL6tomorrow, the carmaker will have a total of seven BS 6 cars in India. The company says it is the first carmaker in India to launch BS 6 compliant cars in the mass market segment and that too well before the new emission norm comes into effect.

Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and chief executive office, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “As a responsible and environment conscious brand, Maruti Suzuki is aligned with Government of India’s vision to introduce BS6 compliant vehicles before April 2020. Seven of our top selling models are BS6 compliant much before the deadline. We are committed to progressively upgrade our entire range of petrol cars to BS6 technology before stipulated timelines. The BS6 vehicles use Suzuki’s proven technology that helps to substantially reduce the emissions thus contributing to a cleaner and greener environment. We extend our gratitude to our customers who are early adopters of environment friendly BS6 technology in our vehicles.”

Like the aforementioned models, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki XL6 is likely to get only a petrol BS6 engine, while the diesel options are likely to remain BS4 compliant for now. The new XL6 will get the new BS6 compliant 1.5-litre K15 petrol motor with the company’s SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) technology, which was recently introduced in the Ertiga. The XL6 is also likely to come with the Ertiga’s 1.5-litre diesel motor. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, along with an optional 4-speed automatic torque converter for the petrol model.

Maruti Suzuki launched its first BS 6 petrol car, the Baleno, earlier this year in April and followed it up with the introduction of the BS 6 compliant petrol models of the Alto 800, WagonR (1.2 L), Swift, Dzire, and Ertiga. The upcoming Maruti XL6 MPV, which will also be BS VI compliant, will become the seventh BS 6 compliant Maruti Suzuki car in India.

The company noted that BS 6 petrol cars will result in a significant reduction in Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions — of roughly 25 per cent, to be precise. Adding that BS6 petrol cars can also run on BS4 petrol, Maruti Suzuki said that it tested all its BS6 petrol cars with BS 4 fuel and found no operational issues.

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