With the BS6 emission norms around the corner, few manufacturers have already started upgrading the engines on their cars. However, for some cars that sell in low volumes, it does not make sense for the manufacturers to upgrade their respective engines to comply with the latest norms since the update is an expensive affair itself.
As compared to petrol engines, the BS6 upgradation is costlier on diesel cars. Hence, even Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the current biggest diesel car manufacturer in India, has decided to ditch its entire diesel lineup in the country. However, the Japanese manufacturer is certainly not the only carmaker that’s planning to do so, and we have compiled a list of all the cars that we are going to miss post the BS6 deadline of April 1, 2020.
Once the segment king, the Toyota Corolla Altis now has some worthy rivals in the form of Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra, and the Honda Civic. The competition, along with the growing trend of SUVs has resulted in depleting sales for the Corolla Altis.
To top it off, Maruti Suzuki backed out of its earlier commitment to build a Suzuki badged version of the D-segment sedan, and hence, Toyota now plans to phase out the Corolla Altis completely once the BS6 norms come into action next year.
Apparently Maruti Suzuki is not the only manufacturer that plans to ditch diesel engines in the country. Volkswagen also confirmed that it will be following in the footsteps of MSIL, and discontinue diesel engines for good.
As of now, the Ameo gets a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 109 hp of maximum power and 250 Nm peak torque; which is the peppiest engine in the segment. The car also gets a 1.0-litre petrol engine that puts out 75 hp and 95 Nm; which it also shares with the Polo. However, out of the two cars, only the Polo will be updated to comply with the BS6 emission norms.
The sub-4m sedan is undercut by all its competitors including Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Figo Aspire, Hyundai Xcent, and Honda Amaze, and hence the German carmaker has decided to loosen its line-up a little bit by letting the Ameo go.
Since Skoda Auto has revealed a new-gen model of the Octavia globally, expect the sedan to be revealed in India as well. However, we will have to wait till late next year to finally get our hands on the car.
The current-gen model will be discontinued once the BS6 norms become mandatory next year, since upgrading the current powertrains (1.4-litre TSI, 1.8-litre TSI, 2.0-litre TDI) with the strict norms till the fourth-gen model launches, does not make any sense.
Nissan has not updated the aging Sunny in a long time, and sales volumes have been affected a lot. Even though Nissan revealed the next-gen Sunny internationally earlier this year, the carmaker has no plans to launch the car in India.
At a starting price of Rs 7.07 lakh (ex-showroom), which goes up to Rs 9.93 lakh (ex-showroom), Sunny currently competes against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, etc. However, the other cars have been updated with tech and feature timely, making them more preferable over the Sunny.
Tata recently revealed the Altroz premium hatchback, which will be placed over the Tiago in the carmaker’s line-up. However, this leaves no space for the Bolt, which is set to face the axe when the BS6 norms come into action next year.
Tata offers the Bolt with a 1.3-litre diesel engine, which produces 74 hp power and 190 Nm torque, and a 1.2-litre petrol engine which is good for 89 hp and 140 Nm.
The Bolt is not the only Tata car which is set to be discontinued next year. The launch of the Harrier has drastically affected the Hexa, and the upcoming seven-seat Gravitas will further bring down the Hexa’s sales numbers.
The 2.2-litre Varicor 400 engine on offer with the SUV, will probably not be upgraded to comply with the BS6 emission norms, and Tata will likely discontinue the Hexa next year.
Toyota Etios/Etios Liva
As reported by us earlier, Toyota has no plans to upgrade the Etios and Etios Liva to comply with the stringent BS6 emission norms as the manufacturer feels the investment is too high. The demand for diesel variants of both the cars is comparatively more, so just upgrading the 1.2-litre petrol powertrain of the car will not make sense.
Both cars do not comply with the upcoming mandatory pedestrian protection norms as well, which takes the investment even higher.
Mahindra is working towards bringing new-gen models for a host of cars next year including Scorpio, Thar, XUV500, etc. However, the Xylo is nowhere to be seen in the future plans of the Indian carmaker. Mahindra currently offers the Xylo with a 2.5-litre diesel engine rated at 94 hp/218 Nm, and a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which makes 118 hp power and 280 Nm torque.
The car does not comply with the new crash test norms, and Mahindra also confirmed that Xylo will not be upgraded to comply with BS6 norms. Instead, the Marazzo will take over as the brand’s flagship MPV.