After the skyrocketing prices of petrol and diesel, customers in the Indian car market are turning to alternative fuels. Customers have also started considering before buying a vehicle whether to buy a car that runs on expensive diesel or petrol or buy a car that runs on comparatively cheaper CNG. According to recent reports, there has been an increase in the sales of CNG cars. In such a situation, automakers are preparing to launch CNG variants of their cars. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is also about to bring a CNG variant of its popular SUV.
Maruti Suzuki is planning to expand its CNG product portfolio in the coming months. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is working on CNG variants of its three popular models Swift Dzire and Vitara Brezza. Recently, the specifications of the upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza CNG were leaked on the internet. As per the leaked document, the model will come with a 1.4-litre K15B petrol engine with a factory-fitted CNG kit. There may be a slight drop in the power and torque output of the car.
The Maruti Vitara Brezza will generate 91 bhp of maximum power and 122Nm of torque in the CNG variant. The petrol model of the SUV generates power of 103 bhp and torque of 138 Nm. The CNG kit can be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Like other CNG cars from Maruti Suzuki, it will also get dual interdependent ECU and intelligent injection system. Apart from this, the difference in the weight of the car will be read with the CNG kit. At the same time, changes can also be made in its suspension setup and braking system.
Maruti Suzuki says that “S-CNG cars have been designed to deliver optimum performance, safety, engine durability, features and superior mileage.” At present, the carmaker has not disclosed the launch details of the Maruti Vitara Brezza CNG variant. The company is preparing to launch the new generation Maruti Celerio which will come with the same 1.0-litre petrol engine as the WagonR and will give power of 83 bhp. Apart from this, extensive design and feature upgrades will be seen in the car.
After the new Celerio, the carmaker will bring in the second generation Maruti Vitara Brezza which is expected to be launched in early 2022. The compact SUV will be mated to the new BS-VI standard with the existing petrol powertrain.
Apart from this, if reports are to be believed, the company can also launch it with a 1.5-liter diesel engine. The same diesel engine will also be offered in the new XL6 MPV, Ciaz sedan and Ertiga MPV. It will get a 6-speed automatic gearbox instead of the existing 4-speed automatic transmission.