Rumours suggest that Tata Motors will soon discontinue the diesel-fueled Tiago and Tigor in India due to the failure to meet the new Bharat Stage 6 emission standards.
While the stringent BSVI emission norm is inching closer, many automobile manufacturers have started to take it very seriously with the massive revisions to be commenced on their vehicles lineup. Of which the diesel variants of Tata Tiago and Tigor is likely to witness the discontinuation in the segments once the new emission norm is into effect. On explaining the reason behind, Tata Motors has revealed that it would be due to the very poor demand for diesel-running models while petrol variants are receiving such phenomenal responses from domestic customers. Besides, the current 1.05-litre 3-cylinder diesel could not be upgraded to conform to the BSVI-compliant engine next year.
Tata Tiago is the best-selling model of the automotive company in India
As per the largest home-grown automotive major, during April-January 2019, about 1114 units of Tiago diesel and 6066 units of petrol-sourced Tiago were sold in India. That means the diesel hatchback accounted for only 14 per cent of overall car sales during late 2018-early 2019. Whereas the Tigor diesel sibling has an average sale figure of 360 units against 1940 units of Tigor petrol on the monthly basis.
"Around 80 per cent of the demand in this segment (Tiago and Tigor) is for the petrol variants and thus the additional investment required does not make a viable plan," said Rajendra Petkar, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Tata Motors on the sidelines of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
TheTigor diesel might also be phased out from the production line ahead of April 2020
Currently, Tata is in the works to introduce a new 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine supported by direct injection technology which is claimed to produce the power of 120-140 bhp and comply with the BSVI emission standard. With the fast arrival of the April 1, 2020 deadline, we are going to see many other automakers to suspend their smaller diesel models from the products lineup in the Indian space next year.