Maruti Suzuki SX4 Sedan Diesel Launched in India

Maruti Suzuki, currently the largest carmaker in India, has just expanded its lineup with the introduction of a new diesel variant of its popular SX4 sedan. Expected to become at least as popular as the other diesel produced by Maruti Suzuki, the new SX4 will be priced in between Rs 7.74-8.62 lakh, which is around $17,100 to $19,000.

And although the vehicle has enjoyed a pretty high popularity since its debut in India, the manufacturer says the diesel unit is capable of achieving even better mileage ratings, as it could go as low as 4.65 l/100km (50.5 mpg).

"The new age diesel technology as offered by SX4 is high on power and performance, while being low on emissions. SX4 diesel offers an economical and punchier ride," Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.

Suzuki last year unveiled the SX4 hybrid in India at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi, hinting that a more efficient version of the car could be released in the next years, probably later than 2012, as sources familiar with the matter suggested.

The concept that was on display in January 2010 in India was powered by a 1.2-liter petrol engine obviously especially configured to return low CO2 emission and fuel consumption figures. The engine was mated to a 50-kiloWatt electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that is capable to drive the car with 0 emissions and fuel consumption. A five-speed semi-automatic transmission was also offered.
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