Honda Cars India will upgrade both its diesel engines- 1.5-litre i-DTEC and 1.6-litre i-DTEC to meet the upcoming tighter BSVI norms.
The Japanese auto major, Honda Cars India, in its latest development has confirmed that the company will start rolling out vehicles with upgraded BSVI-complied petrol and diesel engines during the fourth quarter of the calendar year. That said, the current 1.5-litre i-DTEC and 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel motors from its lineup will be heavily upgraded and put on sale after the BSVI emission norms kick in.
Honda Cars India has revealed its plan for the future of its diesel engines after the BSVI implementation.
“From our experience, for the fuel choice among petrol or diesel, 80% of customers make a rational choice based on consideration of driving distance and recovery period,’ said Mr Rajesh Goel, Honda Cars India’s Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing and Sales.
Goel acknowledged that there are still as many as 20 per cents of domestic customers whose choices are often affected by emotional causes while opting for the fuel-type of their vehicles, and Honda is all willing to cater to such customers’ demands.
The 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel burners in Honda's lineup will be upgraded to meet the new norms ahead of the April 1, 2020 deadline.
At the moment, the company's locally-manufactured models such as Honda Jazz, City, Amaze, BR-V and WR-V are powered by the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. In the meantime, the locally-assembled vehicles like the Civic and CR-V are drawing the juice from the 1.6-litre D-TEC motor option. The smaller unit can develop 100 PS of power at 3,600 r/m and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 r/m and comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The latter comes to produce the maximum power of 120 PS at 4,000 r/m along with the peak torque of 300 Nm at 2,000 r/m. Transmission duty in the Civic is taken by a 6-speed manual transmission while in the CR-V it is supported by a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The stricter BSVI emission standards are all set to come into force from April 1, 2020, pan-India as the Government’s foray into regulating the output of air pollutants released from motor vehicles. Already, some country’s auto giants like Maruti Suzuki or Tata Motors have decided to discontinue the small capacity diesel engines from their product lineups due to high costs to upgrade the not so popular units to the BSVI compliance. Currently, vehicles sold in India are adhering to the BS-IV emission standards.