It’s Maruti Suzuki who still contributes 45 per cent in the small car segment of the country. Now this giant is up to develop a 2-Cylinder 800 cc diesel engine with it’s parent Suzuki. This engine is codenamed as E2 and could deliver up to 40 BHP and an expected fuel efficiency of 25-30 kmpl. Suzuki has taken the lead in this development in Japan.
People familiar with this development said that currently this engine is in testing and validation stage in Japan, and if everything goes well, this engine could be ready to be rolled off the plant in India in 2015. “The development is at a very initial stage. It is a ground up project, and a lot of effort is being put in. The engine has to deliver the required level of performance, needs to respond ably, deliver on the power as well as fuel efficiency. It will take at least a couple of years or may be more to be ready”, a source said.
A senior R&D Expert says: “It is very tough to develop a smaller engine and tune it to perfection. It is difficult to turn a four-cylinder diesel engine into three cylinders, but it is tougher to move to two cylinders and yet get the desired power, performance and mileage. And, most importantly, at a cost which is affordable”.
Could this be another turning point in Indian market’s history?
However, there is still time before this could make it to India as mentioned. So the current expected mileage sensation limelight remains with Nano Diesel for now.
News Source: Economic Times