As we move into the BS6 era, we won’t be seeing a number of diesel cars. These will simply be phased out. In the smaller segments, the customers prefer petrol engines while in larger SUVs, diesel is the preferred option. The phase out of diesel variants from the line up is primarily due to the fact that the emission norms have become stricter and updating the engine and the related technology incurs more cost. In some cases, the demand is so low that it is not feasible for the BS6 upgrade. Here we look at some of the diesel cars that got discontinued.
Tata Tiago Revotorq 1.05L & Tata Tigor Revotorq 1.05 L Diesel
The 1.05L Revotorq engine was on duty in the Tata Tiago hatchback and the Tigor compact sedan. The sales were quite low in comparison to the hot selling petrol variants.
Tata Bolt 1.3L Revotorq Diesel and Tata Zest 1.3L Revotorq Diesel
The Tata Bolt and Zest have already been discontinued. These include both the petrol and diesel variants. The Bolt was never on customer’s checklist and it did poor sales. On the other hand, Zest was perhaps the best compact sedan at its time, it had more space and features.
Tata Hexa 2.2L mVaricor Diesel
The 2.2L mVaricor was a popular engine from Tata. It was powerful and torquier. Tata has officially discontinued the Hexa and it will now be re launched in 2021 with a new engine.
Tata Safari Storme 2.2 Varicor
Last year, Tata Motors finally pulled the plug on its iconic Safari SUV. The Safari had the Varicor engine that produced over 400Nm of torque. Sadly the enthusiasts will miss this engine.
1.3 litre DDis Diesel
This engine was widely used by Maruti Suzuki in its range of cars that included Baleno, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and S Cross. All these cars now get BS6 compliant petrol engines.
1.5 litre DDiS 225 Diesel
This particular engine did service in the Ciaz and Ertiga. Now these cars come with a 1.5 litre petrol engine. The Ertiga also gets a CNG variant. It is being said that Maruti will reintroduce engine some time in the BS6 era.
Owing to poor demand, Mahindra has decided to discontinue the 1.2 litre diesel engine on the KUV100. The existing diesel engines on the Scorpio and XUV500 too are likely to be discontinued.
Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC
The new Honda Civic was launched in both petrol and diesel variants. But the diesel variant sold less in comparison to the petrol variant. This means that the sweet sedan will now be available with a 1.8 litre petrol engine mated to a CVT.
1.4 litre Diesel
Toyota has discontinued the 1.4 litre diesel engine available on the Etios Liva, Etios and the Corolla Altis. The company has decided to all together stop the production of these cars. The Corolla sedan has been discontinued citing shift in consumer preferences from mid sized sedans to MPVs. This leaves Toyota with a shrunken portfolio that includes Fortuner, Innova Crysta, Yaris and Glanza.
1.5 litre TDI Diesel
This particular engine powered a number of cars: Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Ameo, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. Volkswagen has now debuted the 1.0 litre turbocharged TSI engine on the Polo and the Vento. The Ameo compact sedan has been discontinued thanks to poor sales.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 litre TDI Diesel
Initially offered with the 2.0 litre TDi Diesel engine option only, the premium SUV has now been launched as a seven seater SUV to take on the Toyota Fortuner, Mahindra Alturas G4 and Honda CRV. The 2.0 litre TSI petrol engine now takes the place of the earlier diesel engines.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 litre TDI Diesel
This engine has all together been discontinued by the Volkswagen Group. So it means, the Skoda Rapid sedan will not be getting it any further. This means that the Rapid will now be a petrol run sedan with a 1.0 litre TSI petrol engine.
2.0 litre TDI Diesel
This engine is quite popular as it was shared by Volkswagen and Skoda. The Octavia, Superb and Kodiaq had this engine. While the Kodiaq will be getting a new petrol engine soon, the Octavia and Superb
sedans have been discontinued as of now. But given the popularity of these diesel sedans, Skoda might have to bring an updated BS6 diesel engine in the future.
1.5 litre Diesel engine
The sole diesel engine in Renault product lineup was the 1.5 litre diesel engine which has now been scrapped. This engine powered the Duster, Captur and Lodgy. The Lodgy has already been discontinued and the Captur is likely to follow given its poor sales performance. The Duster has already been launched with a BS6 compliant 1.5 litre petrol engine.
1.5 litre Diesel engine
In addition to Renault, Nissan also uses the 1.5 litre Diesel engine on its Terrano and Kicks. The Terrano has already been discontinued while the Kicks is yet to get a new BS6 compliant engine which will most likely be a petrol engine.
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