- Renault will stop offering diesel cars from March 2020.
- It will start rolling out BS-VI petrol engines in January 2020.
- It will discontinue Lodgy from its portfolio in March 2020.
The noose of the emission regulations around the Indian auto manufacturers’ neck only seems to be tightening-up with the time. This has put immense pressure not only on select OEMs but on the industry as a whole. The latest manufacturer to join the list of brands that will stop offering diesel engines in India is Renault, as suggested by a report published on ETAuto.com.
The company has decided not to upgrade its sole 1.5L K9K engine which powers an array of Renault and Nissan models in India. Venkatram Mamillapalle, Country CEO & MD, Renault India Operations, has told the source publication that its 1.5L K9K engine will be phased out by March 2020. This engine is currently seen on models such as Duster, Lodgy and the Captur. So it isn’t hard to guess that the absence of this diesel unit will adversely affect the overall Renault India sales.
On being questioned about the effect of no diesel engines in the line-up, Renault India boss man commented that "50% of sales volume was contributed from the Duster diesel engine range of cars.”He also added that “In future, it will be petrol Duster only".
Also, another important information to be noted here is that the company will also discontinue the Lodgy MPV since the absence of a BS-VI diesel powertrain will mean that it won’t be eligible for sale in the BS-VI era. Also, the company has no plans to offer it with a petrol powertrain in the near future.
"It is not the question that we want to end it... We don't want to get into diesel, so Lodgy ends there. We are not going to renovate. All (future launches) will be gasoline, including (premium SUV) Captur", he said.
On the other hand, Nissan India is also bound to bare similar shockwaves because the same K9K diesel engine also does duties on the Micra, Sunny, Terrano and the new Kicks compact SUV.
Renault India has planned to start introducing the BS-VI petrol engines by January 2020. Alongside, the company is also working on a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will power the Triber and the sub-4-metre SUV (codename: HBC) which has been officially confirmed for H2 2020 launch.
Source - ETAuto