- 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.
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.
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.
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.