Maruti Suzuki CNG Launch Nears; Dealers Start Taking Unofficial Bookings!
Maruti Suzuki will soon launch the CNG version of the popular Swift hatchback and the company’s dealers have already started taking unofficial bookings.
The booking amount is Rs. 11,000.
CNG superior to petrol/diesel?
Maruti Suzuki discontinued diesel engines from all its cars in order to comply with Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms.
It has instead turned its attention to CNG which is not only a cleaner burning fuel than both petrol and diesel but is also cheaper.
The running cost of a CNG powered car is similar to that of a diesel engined car, and this is another big reason why Maruti Suzuki is betting big on CNG.
What’s new in the CNG variant?
The vehicle will get the usual set of changes as typical of factory-fitted CNG models.
It includes the CNG switch that is installed besides the headlight leveller.
The MID will be updated to display CNG telematics.
Standard equipment list will be the same as offered with respective petrol variants.
Dual fuel functionality
The CNG tank will be neatly integrated into the boot which will consequently reduce the space available there.
However, this is a compromise CNG car owners will have to live with if they want dual-fuel functionality.
Dual fuel functionality refers to a CNG powered car being able to run on petrol at the flick of a switch on the dashboard.
Benefits over ICE counterparts
This makes the Maruti Swift CNG quite versatile as owners can opt for CNG power while driving in the city and switch to petrol on highway runs.
The additional power produced while running on petrol will also make overtaking easier.
It also gives the car sufficient range as CNG fueling stations are not evenly spread across the country yet.
The car runs on a 1.2 liter-4 cylinder K-Series petrol engine that will be tweaked suitably to run on CNG.
On CNG, the 1.2 liter K-Series engine is likely to deliver about 76 Bhp of peak power and 98 Nm of peak torque.
While running on petrol, the same engine makes 82 Bhp-113 Nm.
A five speed manual gearbox will be standard on the Swift CNG.
While Dzire CNG is currently the most fuel efficient CNG sedan in the country delivering 31.12 km/kg. Swift CNG is expected to outperform with somewhere around 30-35 km/kg.
However the performance is sacrificed a bit.
Swift and Dzire share the same 1.2-litre dual-jet dual VVT petrol motor that generates 90 PS of max power at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4,400 rpm.
On Dzire CNG, the numbers drop to 77.5 PS and 98.5 Nm.
CNG option for Maruti Swift will be made available in VXI and ZXI variants only.
Maruti CNG cars are usually around Rs 80k to Rs 90k costlier than their petrol counterparts.
So a similar hike can be expected of Swift CNG variants.
Note that Swift VXI 5MT petrol and ZXI 5MT petrol variants are priced at Rs 6.82 lakh and Rs 7.50 lakh, respectively.