The 1.05-litre diesel engine variants of the Tata Tiago and Tigor will be facing the axe in India in the not-too-distant future
Ahead of the mandatory BSVI emission norms set to come into effect by the first half of 2019, the demand for small car segment is seeing a huge drop, mostly due to the hiked up prices of the cars with BSVI-compliant engines. Aware of that, Tata Motors will phase out the small diesel engine options from its lineup, especially for the top-selling Tiago hatchback and Tigor sedan to keep their sales from being hurt.
“We feel that low demand for entry- and mid-size diesel models will not justify the high costs involved in developing a new small-capacity engine”, said Mr Mayank Pareek, President of Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors.
Tata Motors is the next carmaker to announce its plan to phase out small diesel engine in India.
Also, as we stated in our earlier reports, the 1.05-litre engine in the Tiago and Tigor will be ceased to exist since over 80% of the cars sold in the domestic space are petrol version. It means that the diesel-powered Tiago and Tigor have not been warmly welcomed by the customers in India so far. While their demands are so poor and the costs to upgrade them to the BSVI compliance is excessively expensive, maintaining these models in the lineup turns out to be impractical. Therefore, in all likelihood, the country’s largest home-grown carmaker might discontinue these vehicles from the lineup ahead of the BSVI implementation.
However, the 1.5-litre diesel found on the Tata Nexon and the 2.0-litre diesel sourced from the Tata Harrier are good enough to be upgraded to meet the stringent BSVI norms. The company has recently confirmed that the brand new imminent Tata Altroz will come up with a 1.5-litre diesel burner option.
In reality, Tata Motors does not stand alone with the idea of suspending the diesel engines from the product lineup in India. The current market leader, Maruti Suzuki has also announced its plan to drop all diesel vehicles from its production line before the norms are implemented. On the contrary, Ford India has recently confirmed that it will not be giving up on the diesel cars even after the BSVI rollout.