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Hyundai India to Continue Offering 1.2L Diesel Unit Post BS6

Hyundai India to Continue Offering 1.2L Diesel Unit Post BS6

Snapshot: Hyundai India will upgrade its 1.2L diesel engine to upcoming BS6 norms. The BS6 compliant diesel engine will power the next-generation Grand i10 and Xcent.

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  • Hyundai’s parent company has already invested in Euro 6 norms which are similar to BS6.
  • The BS6 compliant 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine will power the next-gen Grand i10 and Xcent.
  • Hyundai is one of the few carmakers in India to continue offering small diesel cars post BS6 implementation.
  • It will introduce a new 1.5L diesel engine on Verna facelift before BS6 norms come into force.
  • The new diesel engine will offer power in two states of tune.


Contrary to most of the car giants, Hyundai India will continue offering a diesel engine in its compact models post implementation of BS-VI emission norms from April 1, 2020. The 1.2-litre oil burner belongs to the U2 engine family and it currently powers a number of models including Grand i10 and Xcent. The reason most of the automakers are shying away from upgrading small diesel engines to BS-VI norms is the high cost involved in the process, which will gradually increase the price of diesel cars. This would make diesel variants cost much higher than their petrol counterparts.

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Moreover, the cost of conversion to BS-VI is almost same for both big and small diesel engines. With a significant price difference in petrol and diesel models, customers are likely to opt for petrol variants over their diesel versions, especially in smaller models. Another factor that is leading to a slump in diesel car sales is the price difference between petrol and diesel fuels. Keeping with the above reasons, most of the carmakers in India are discontinuing their entry-level diesel models, as they do not plan to upgrade smaller diesel engines to BS-VI norms.

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Tata Motors, for that matter, has already announced that it will phase out its 1.05-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine which powers its entry-level hatchback, Tiago and subcompact sedan, Tigor. Mahindra will also axe its 1.2-litre turbo diesel unit that is used in its micro-SUV, Mahindra KUV100. India’s leading auto giant, Maruti Suzuki India will do away with the Fiat sourced 1.3-litre multi-jet engine that powers a wide range of its models including its flagship hatchback, Swift, Dzire sedan and Ignis.

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For Hyundai, it comes as a blessing in disguise as its parent company has already invested in upgrading diesel engines to Euro 6 norms in the European market, which is similar to the BS-VI standards. This would help Hyundai India combat price issues after the new norms come into force. With Hyundai being one of the few car giants in India to offer a diesel engine in smaller models, it is likely to dominate the diesel market. Even though diesel car sales are going down, it still accounts for a huge chunk of the market and Hyundai sees it as a big opportunity with it's arch rival Maruti Suzuki pulling the plug on the 1.3L oil burner. Besides, Hyundai is also planning to introduce a new 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Verna facelift before the implementation of BS-VI norms next year in April which will be available in two states of tune.

Source:Autocar India 

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