Change is inevitable, so does the trends in the Auto market. In the BS-VI era, the Indian carmakers have decided to pull off certain Diesel models from the market. The high cost for upgrading the existing BS-IV engine to BS-VI compliant engines being the prime reason. Instead of upgrading the current engines, the carmakers have decided to launch a new line up of cars with BS-VI compliant engines with an all-new platform. Here is a list of cars that are discontinued -
Maruti Suzuki has decided to pull its entire range of Diesel cars from the market. If the demand for Diesel cars increases, Maruti Suzuki may roll out its 1.5L Diesel engine for certain models. Maruti Suzuki has discontinued all the 1.3L Multijet diesel engine (powered by Fiat) used in most of its cars. Henceforth, Maruti Suzuki is offering Vitara Brezza in 1.5L Petrol engine which will come in S-Cross also. Swift and Dzire to be sold in Petrol and CNG variants only. Coming to the hatchback range, Alto K10 is likely to be discontinued as S-Presso is in the market with BS-VI engine.
Ever since the 'Diesel gate scandal', Volkswagen is keeping it low and has no plans to upgrade its BS-IV engines to BS-VI engines. So, all the Volkswagen Diesel cars will be discontinued in India including the sedan Ameo. All its new cars- be it SUV or Sedan or Hatchback, VW is offering them only in petrol variants. The new T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace are also offered with BS-VI engine in Petrol variants only. With all-new engine options, Vento is now available in 1L Turbocharged Petrol engine, Polo is sold with 1L Petrol engine and the bigger SUV- Tiguan Allspace comes with a 2L Petrol engine. Volkswagen has decided to carry forward only Petrol variants in BS-VI generation.
The French Automaker has planned to discontinue its top-selling SUV- Duster AWD due to lack of demand, which accounted for less than 5% of Renault car sales. So post-April 2020, Duster will be available in 1.5L Petrol engine only. Renault Lodgy MPV competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Honda BR-V. The sales figure did not go as expected, so Lodgy MPV is most likely to be discontinued. So with the models like Lodgy and Duster AWD being discontinued, Renault will shift its focus to Kwid, Triber, Duster and Captur with BS-VI engine and Petrol variants.
Hit by poor sales, Toyota Etios Liva and Etios sedan are being discontinued from the Indian market. Toyota is leading the way with Petrol-only approach and will sell the rebadged Maruti Suzuki Baleno as Glanza, its entry-level hatchback and continue to do the same with Maruti Suzuki XL6 and Vitara Brezza under an agreement with Suzuki.
Instead of focusing on upgrading its existing BS-IV Diesel cars, Tata Motors is revamping the entire line up of SUV's like Harrier Automatic, followed by 7-Seater model based on Harrier, Tata Gravitas and with an exception of Altroz being sold in Petrol & Diesel. The upcoming Tata SUV-Tata HBX is also planned to get same engine options. According to the source, Safari Storme is suspended temporarily, as the existing 2.2L Diesel engines can not be upgraded to BS-VI norms; expected to make a comeback with an updated engine. Hexa is expected to replace the 2.2L Varicor Diesel engine with 2L Diesel engines powered by Fiat as used in Harrier and Gravitas. Also, it is the only model offered in AWD option from Tata motors. Moving on to hatchback and sedan segment, Tata replaces its entire platform with Zest and Bolt being discontinued completely. Tata is currently focusing on its impact 2L diesel engine which also means that Tiago and Tigor will get a facelift with only Petrol variants.
Of late, Fiat cars haven't had a good run in the Indian market. Despite having fun-to-drive cars like Punto, Punto Abarth, Avventura and Linea, they're being pulled away from the Indian market. Instead, parent company Fiat-Chrysler Automotive (FCA) has planned to focus on Jeep brand company in India. FCA used to supply 1.3L Multijet diesel engine to Tata, Suzuki, GM & Premier, due to the difficulties in moving to BS-VI norms, it will continue to supply 2L Diesel engines to Tata and MG.
Mahindra and Mahindra
Mahindra and Mahindra are taking a steady sweep by moving diesel engines from their smaller cars like TUV300. Xylo, the stylish SUV has been on the market since 2009. As it failed to make an impact with only limited updates, Mahindra has decided to discontinue it due to changing emission norms and updated crash test regulations. Verito, which is currently offered in 1.5L Diesel engine, has failed to come in BS-VI emission norms so it's moving out of the market.
Nissan is taking the Petrol-only approach way too seriously by offering only Petrol variants be it is Micra, Sunny or Kicks. So as of now, no diesel variants in the Nissan product portfolio.
Hyundai has winded up its older sedan Xcent with Aura being launched as 3rd gen Xcent with major performance improvements including 1L Turbocharged Petrol engine. Sources reveal that Xcent is more likely to be axed from the market.
Ford motors discontinued its performance-oriented SUV-Ecosport Ecoboost variant as the existing 1L Ecoboost Petrol engine could not be modified to BS-VI emission norms.
The diesel cars have taken a setback with a bunch of cars being discontinued from the Indian Market. An entirely new line up of cars awaits ahead of us post-BS-VI implementation. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for selling BS-IV cars is extended for 21 days post lockdown. Stay tuned for further update.