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Old 14th August 2019, 12:42   #256
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So they introduced the 1.5 diesel with a premium price over the 1.3, and then discontinued the latter.

Note well, when they make this BS6 compliant, this will be hiked even a lot more.

Only Maruti can afford to do this to the Indian customer.
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So they introduced the 1.5 diesel with a premium price over the 1.3, and then discontinued the latter.
Well, I would pay that extra premium for 1.5 for all that it offers over 1.3 - Better driveability, More refinement, 6th Gear and of course a new engine. I don't recollect the difference then but then the premium was not so much that one will bother to get confused between buying a 1.3 or a 1.5.

And seriously, given a choice today between the two, it is no brainer that most will pick up the 1.5 after experiencing the driveability aspects of this engine.

I really do not see a reason (apart from compliance) over the existence of 1.3 liter along with 1.5.
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So they introduced the 1.5 diesel with a premium price over the 1.3, and then discontinued the latter.
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Only Maruti can afford to do this to the Indian customer.
I didn't quite get the point here. Could you elaborate a bit more?

The 1.5 DDiS needed money (loads of) to be invested for its R&D. It wasn't a ready-made engine like the 1.3MJD that was picked from FIAT. That R&D cost certainly needs to be recovered from Ciaz & Ertiga sales yeah?

The 1.3 MJD was slated to be discontinued anyway & everyone knew it was bound to happen. The 2 variants were available while the 1.3 MJD production was done in sufficient volumes. Evidently now MSIL is reducing the manufacture of that engine as we near its discontinuation. Its logical as otherwise they'll risk ending up with engine stock left beyond 1st April with no possible application other than ballast.

It was a good thing in fact that fleet operators still had chance to buy the 1.3 MJD if they wanted to & save some bucks. But it was bound to stop & now it did.

I really didn't understand the line about Maruti being able to do this. Are you suggesting the 1.5L engine should have been launched without any price change at all? I'd say in fact absolutely no car maker would do that charity on the contrary.

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I really didn't understand the line about Maruti being able to do this. Are you suggesting the 1.5L engine should have been launched without any price change at all? I'd say in fact absolutely no car maker would do that charity on the contrary.
True. Like I said earlier, I don't have the numbers but I remember that the premium wasn't that steep over 1.3 that would shoo away potential buyers from 1.5.

I would also wonder what training would the sales staff need if they were to sell these 2 engine variants on the same car side by side and how would they justify one over the other.

The fact is that it is the end of an era for 1.3 MJD. It has seen enough of our country roads in a variety of cars from a lot of manufacturers and not just Maruti. For Maruti, the new 1.5 engine is the result of a lot of effort and hard-work and at least the way the engine has been reviewed by all till now, it has mostly earned bouquets unlike quite a few examples from other manufacturers, not to forget the crappy 2 cylinder DDiS for the Celerio by Maruti themselves.

At one point we all complained, cried, loathed the immortality of 1.3 Engine from FIAT and how old it had started to feel with new (and better) entrants in the 1500cc Segment, here we are today to question the very motive of discontinuing the 1.3 and adding a premium for the 1.5.
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I didn't quite get the point here. Could you elaborate a bit more?.
I meant, the Indian customer feels at home with brand maruti; quietly eating the blandest of what mom/wife cooks; while for other brands, it's like scrolling through the menu card of the restaurant and still wishing they had something different.
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Need help
I have bought an audio unit for new ertiga from Motorogue
Any pointers to any service/auto accessory Center which can best install this in and around JP Nagar, Bangalore?
Any DIY suggestions would be also OK.
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Got it done at Pitstop JP Nagar
Installed also the reverse camera and job done was good
However I was not happy with the audio unit - just a cheap android unit - and I would not recommend to anyone - stick to known brands or MGA if available.
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