Maruti Suzuki has been working to catch up with upcoming norms and safety norms. As we know the Supreme Court announced that BS-IV cars cannot be sold in India after April 1, 2020.
So, in order to meet the upcoming norms, Maruti Suzuki has decided to stop the production of BS-IV vehicles by December 2019. Maruti will start working on BS-VI compliant cars after its plant resumes production succeeding yearly maintenance in the last week of December 2019.
New upgrades will significantly increase the price. Bhargava mentioned that there is no problem if you run BS-VI petrol vehicle on BS-IV fuel, but the same is not possible in case of diesel. Diesel cars will be hampered more by the new norms as they require a bunch of changes to meet the norms. Like they are required to be fitted with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCL) and Lean NOx Trap (LNT). It requires some structural changes to fit these components. So you have to check PM and NoX both at the same time.
Coming to the price difference petrol cars will be priced around Rs 30,000 more than the current version. While Diesel cars will command a premium of roughly Rs 2,50,000 over the petrol counterpart. This can seriously hamper the decision of buying a diesel vehicle over the petrol one.
Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India, RC Bhargava said, “Production of our BS-IV vehicles will largely culminate by end of December 2019. These will be models which will, by and large, get converted to BS VI by December 2019. As a result, we will only manufacture BS VI cars from January 2020 but will produce BS IV only if there is a strong demand for any particular model, but that number will be very less.”
“There will be just one model which we will not be able to be converted to BS VI by December 2019, and it will be spilt over to the next calendar, but we are trying to expedite that as well,” Maruti Suzuki is also developing a new 1.5-litre diesel engine and it will be compliant with the BS-VI emission norms.
The step from Maruti will put them ahead and prepared before the norms come into action. BS-VI norms will help the vehicles to produce less harmful content and in general stay cleaner. We hope other manufacturers will join the BS-VI game soon.
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