With the stricter emission norms, some carmakers will discontinue their diesel engines instead of upgrading them to BSVI. Check out what cars will be affected
Government of India has announced the implementation of BSVI norms after April 1st, 2020, the deadline after which no manufacturer can sell BSIV compliant cars in India. This has prompted every manufacturer in the country to upgrade or update their engines with cleaner BSVI compliant engines. Some manufacturers, however, think that upgrading their diesel-powered cars to BSVI isn’t worth the effort.
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A larger investment is needed from upgrading diesel engines as compared to petrol engines, which would result in higher prices for the cars. If the prices aren’t attractive, it could potentially result in poorer sales. This has caused a few auto companies to consider alternate options, like hybrid cars, EVs, or even CNG.
Here is a list of manufacturers which have decided to discontinue diesel engines from their passenger cars, along with the cars in question:
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
India’s largest car manufacturer had declared earlier that it would be discontinuing diesel cars from its entire line-up. Instead, Maruti will focus on CNG cars to boost sales by attracting customer with a low running cost. The company already has a smart hybrid powertrain on sale. It features Suzuki’s K-series 1.5-litre engine paired to an electric motor. The Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga, and XL6 already feature this technology, and we expect the Vitara Brezza and S-Cross to feature the same in the coming months. The rest of the product range will continue with a BSVI complaint petrol engines without any change.
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The list of Maruti cars that won’t feature diesel engines after April 2020:
- Maruti Suzuki Swift
- Maruti Suzuki Dzire
- Maruti Suzuki Baleno
- Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
- Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
- Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
- Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd
As a part of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Renault and Nissan often share their strategies for a lot of countries.
Nissan has always struggled in passenger car segment in India, even though its products like the Nissan Sunny and Micra are good cars. Things have changed with the launch of the Kicks though. As compact and subcompact SUVs continue to gain popularity in India, Nissan Kicks, with its stylish design and attractive pricing, has been the most successful car by the Japanese Marque. Still, with its limited sales volume, the jump from BSIV to BSVI will prove to be too big of an investment, one which might hamper the company’s profits. As such, Nissan won’t be offering a diesel engine post April 2020.
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Similar to Nissan, Renault has not had a huge success in India. The Duster SUV helped Renault capture a portion of the mainstream audience, while the Captur, which is a rebadged Nissan Kicks, has helped the company stay relevant. Both these cars are instrumental in establishing Renault in the country, and the company might not be comfortable with the rise in prices that follow the shift from BSIV to BSVI compliancy. Compared to that, the petrol engines would be a much cheaper alternative. Renault and Nissan will also focus on hybrid and electric vehicles, and might soon bring them to India as well.
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The list of Renault and Nissan cars that won’t feature diesel engines after April 2020:
- Nissan Kicks
- Renault Captur
- Renault Duster
Tata Motors Limited
Tata Motors has confirmed that it won’t be selling diesel variants of the Tiago and Tigor after April 2020. Although Tata has not stated the reason, it is obvious, following the trend in the Indian automotive market right now. The Tiago and Tigor feature a tiny 1-liter diesel engine, built with low production cost, low running cost, and low maintenance cost in mind. While the latter two will be fine post BSVI upgradation, the first one wouldn’t. The rise in cost of production would mean a rise in retail price, which might fail to attract customers.
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This, however, doesn’t mean that Tata motors is shutting production for every diesel car in their arsenal. Their larger passenger cars, like Hexa and Harrier, will continue to feature oil-burners under the hood. Another good news would be that Tata is also focussing on electric cars. Tiago EV and Tigor EV are already in production, although their sale is limited to fleet operations only. It might be some time before the general public would be able to lay its hands on one. Judging by the news, there might be another EV following soon!
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The list of Tata cars that won’t feature diesel engines after April 2020: