- Tata Motors to stop production of diesel powered Tiago & Tigor.
- The decision is taken in wake of low demand followed after the implementation of BS-VI norms.
- The 1.5L and 2.0-litre diesel units will be retained.
- Both the engines will be upgraded to the new BS VI norms.
- Upcoming Tata Altroz will receive the same 1.5L diesel engine.
Tata Tiago diesel and Tigor diesel variants will be discontinued from their respective line-ups, media reports suggest. The decision to axe diesel versions of Tiago and Tigor comes in light of the sluggish demand for diesel powered vehicles likely to follow after the implementation of BS VI emission norms from next year, as cars will get pricier. Moreover, diesel versions of these models account for a small percentage of their total monthly sales.
It doesn’t seem wise to spend a humongous amount on developing a new engine for the entry-level and mid-size diesel vehicles, officials at Tata Motors were quoted as saying. Just so you know, the diesel versions of Tiago and Tigor are powered by the 1.05-litre diesel engine good for 70hp. Tata’s sub-4 meter SUV, Nexon gets a 1.5-litre oil burner, while the larger models, like Harrier and Hexa equip a 140hp, 2.0-litre and 156hp, 2.2-litre diesel engines respectively.
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Besides, Tata Motors will stop sourcing FCA’s ageing 1.3-litre diesel unit which powers Zest and Bolt. The cost involved in upgrading BS IV engines to BS VI norms will be high and investing a huge amount on not so popular diesel models does not make sense. However, Tata Motors is likely to continue offering diesel engine on Nexon and Harrier. That said, the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines used in the above models are expected to be upgraded with BS-VI emission norms.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine will also be seen in Tata’s upcoming premium hatchback, Altroz. It has been spied undergoing tests in the country a couple of times and is expected to be officially launched in July this year. Accredited to progressive looks, Tata Altroz will be the first model from the company to underpin ALFA platform. The premium hatchback was recently unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel engines.