Maruti Suzuki Sells 5 Lakh BS-VI Vehicles Before official Implementation (Photo Credit: file photo )
The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday said its BS-VI compliant vehicles have reached cumulative sales of 5 lakh units ahead of the implementation of stricter emission norms from April 1. The company is now offering ten models with BS-VI compliant petrol engines, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) said in a statement.
“This achievement reaffirms the growth potential of new engines and technologies in India,” MSIL Managing Director & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said. He further said,”Early introduction of the BS-VI compliant engine in our popular models represents our commitment to the government’s vision for clean and green environment.”
MSIL introduced its first BS-VI compliant petrol car in April 2019, a full year in advance from the mandatory deadline. The company’s range of BS-VI compliant petrol models includes Alto, Eeco, S-Presso, Celerio, WagonR, Swift, Baleno, Dzire, Ertiga and XL6. “These contribute nearly 75 per cent of the company’s petrol volumes,” MSIL said. Upgrading from the current BS-IV, from April 1, 2020 BS-VI will be mandatory and automakers will be able to sell only those vehicles complying with the stricter emission norms in India.
Recently, the BS6 compliant version of Maruti Suzuki Eeco was launched in India at a starting price of Rs 3.81 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). These prices are for the petrol variants only as Maruti Suzuki is yet to release prices for the CNG version. It is to be noted that BS-VI (BS6) emission regulations are set to kick in India from April 1, 2020.
Coming back to Maruti Suzuki Eeco, it is the ninth BS6 offering from the automaker. On the looks front and other features, Maruti Suzuki Eeco remains unchanged. Under the hood, Maruti Suzuki Eeco comes equipped with the BS6 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine that churns out 73 bhp and 101 Nm of peak torque.
It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It is worth mentioning here that there is a CNG variant in the Eeco line-up that delivers a high fuel economy of 21.8 kmpl.