Maruti Suzuki has been working on a small diesel engine and this will not just power their new compact hatchback, but even the existing Wagon R, A-Star and maybe even the Alto. This engine is likely to be a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder diesel engine that could be similar to the Beat diesel engine.
However, we aren’t sure of the power ratings but Maruti Suzuki is using localised turbocharged for this new engine. Our sources confirm that Honeywell will supply the turbocharger for this engine, and even the Nano diesel. Honeywell is also supplying turbocharger to Honda for the Amaze.
The Wagon R’s diesel version is likely to hit the market sometime around the festive season. We have spotted a few European spec Alto’s being tested in and around the factory. Our sources indicate that this could be the diesel spec A-Star not just for India, but even for the European market.