Maruti Suzuki has announced the comprehensive free 5 year, 1 lakh kilometers warranty on four popular cars in its range, namely Dzire, Swift, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. However, the offer is available only on the diesel models of these vehicles. The offer is valid at all the authorized outlets of Maruti Suzuki’s extensive dealership network across the country. All the new buyers of the diesel versions of the mentioned Maruti cars get this offer by default at no extra cost.
Maruti Suzuki introduced this scheme to add to the peace of mind of its valued diesel car loving customers. The 5 year, 1-lakh km warranty offers a comprehensive coverage of a wide range of parts. This includes the Electronic Control Module (ECM), compressor, high-pressure pump, turbocharger assembly, important engine parts, transmission parts, steering assembly and suspension struts among much more.
Maruti Suzuki also has the diesel engine versions of the Ertiga and the Ciaz in its wide product portfolio, but the company is not offering the free 5 year warranty on these two car models. The Ciaz and Ertiga diesel continue to get available for sale with a standard 2 year, 40,000 km warranty as before.
While commenting on the announcement of the 5 year/1 lakh km warranty on the diesel models, the Executive Director of Marketing & Sales at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Shashank Srivastava said “Dzire, S-Cross, Swift and Vitara Brezza are our flagship products, which played a pivotal role in transforming not just Maruti Suzuki but the Indian automotive industry itself. These marquee brands are loved for their performance by millions of customers and critics alike.” He added by saying “As a small gesture of our gratitude to the admirers and prospective buyers, we are offering a free 5-year, 1-lakh km warranty on the entire diesel line up of these models to ensure a worry free ownership experience,”.
Although Maruti says that the company has announced the 5 year, 1 lakh km warranty on its popular diesel cars as a gesture of gratitude towards it valued customers, it is thought that this move is a strategy to attract more customers towards the diesel Maruti cars. This is because Maruti Suzuki has already announced that it will discontinue offering all diesel models of its products by April 2020 when the new BS6 emission norms hits the country, and thus many customers are not opting for diesel cars anymore.
Another important factor to note is that the diesel avatars of the Ciaz sedan and Ertiga MPV come powered by Maruti’s in-house 1.5 litre oil burner unlike the car models that get powered by the highly acclaimed Fiat sourced 1.3 litre motor. Hence, the Ciaz and Ertiga don’t get the longer warranty scheme, as Maruti Suzuki might be wating to clear the inventory of the 1.3L models faster. The reason behind this is that while the company is considering upgrading its 1.5 litre diesel motor to be BS6 compliant, it will certainly drop the Fiat sourced 1.3 litre unit.