Mahindra has confirmed that BSVI compliant Petrol models will be launched in the next few months and diesel towards the end of the year. The 1.2-litre diesel used in the KUV100 will be axed
Starting 1st April 2020, all new vehicles sold will need to comply with the new BSVI emission norms. With the date coming closer, all manufacturers are working towards the big switch. Mahindra has now officially announced that they are almost ready with the BSVI compliant Petrol motors and they will be seen on cars in the next few months. The diesel-powered BSVI motors are expected to be introduced towards the end of 2019 or in Jan 2020.
At a press conference in Mumbai, the company mentioned that they will have 8 diesel powerplants that will be used on 16 platforms and 38 variants - these include passenger vehicles as well as commercial vehicles. Mahindra will also have eight BSVI compliant motors which will power 12 vehicles based on 8 platforms. Two new BSVI Petrol engines are being worked upon and will be introduced at a later date. In fact, with this switch, a lot of Mahindra cars, like the Marazzo, that were previously only offered in diesel, will now see the introduction of a Petrol option too. Mahindra has also promised improved performance and fuel efficiency with all their BSVI compliant motors.
Meanwhile, Mahindra will soon axe the 1.2-litre diesel that currently works on the KUV100. According to the company, the cost of upgrading this motor to BSVI would have added a lot to the overall price of the vehicle. In fact, the case is similar to a lot of other manufacturers with small capacity diesel variants on offer. The future of Tata’s 1.05-litre, Fiat’s 1.3-litre and VW’s 1.5-litre is in jeopardy too.
With the shift to BSVI and the investment made for it, vehicles will surely cost more. Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. said that the rise in the cost of Mahindra cars won’t be as high as quoted by some of the other manufacturers. While we don’t know the exact numbers as yet, expect diesel offerings to demand up to a lakh more. Petrols May only see a marginal hike of about Rs 25,000.