Hyundai will upgrade diesel engines to meet BS 6 demands; unlike Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai won’t let go off diesel
Hyundai has announced that it won’t discontinue diesel engines from any of its existing diesel cars after the implementation of the BS6 Norms, like Maruti Suzuki, Ford and Honda have done. That means all current diesel-powered Hyundai cars will get BS6 diesel engines after 1 April 2020. While, the country’s largest carmaker by volume, Maruti Suzuki, says that it won’t offer diesel engines after BS6 Norms implementation, unless there’s enough consumer demand.
But upgrading from current engines to the new BS6 Norms will cost some amount, so the prices of the cars are expected to rise by Rs.1 lakh. Given that upgrading petrol cars to meet BS6 standards won’t be so expensive, diesel cars may lose edge over their petrol counterparts even for those with high average running numbers.
If we take into account the above-mentioned cost of upgrading petrol and diesel engines, the price difference between Venue petrol E variant and Venue diesel E variant would go up from the current Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 2.05 lakh. However, Hyundai also offers a 1.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine on the Venue which is more expensive that the 1.2-litre petrol engine. The difference in price between the Venue 1.0 S (petrol) and Venue 1.4 S (diesel) is Rs 24,000. In the BS6 era, the difference between the 1.0-litre powered Venue and 1.4-litre powered Venue might go up to Rs 1 lakh — which is about the same as in the current scenario. In this case, diesel cars would still be able to justify their higher cost over their petrol counterparts.
While Hyundai has clearly stated its intent of continuing with diesel models in 2020, it remains to be seen whether it plans to offer a 1.5-litre diesel engine on all models or goes with the BS6 version of existing 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre diesel engines. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if Hyundai will offer only the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine on its cars that also get a diesel engine in order to make sure the diesel models remain relevant for buyers.