With the stricter emission norms, Maruti Suzuki may discontinue diesel variants instead of raising the price, likely to bring SHVS in Swift, Dzire & Baleno by 2020
With the stricter BS VI emission compliance norms setting in 2020, manufacturers are working round the clock to ensure that they are ready to roll out the updated, emission norm compliant vehicles in April 2020. Earlier, RC Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki India’s Chariman Mr. Bhargava earlier said that they are ready to roll out BS VI products in the Indian market by the end of 2019.
He said that they will stop manufacturing the BS-IV vehicles after the Maruti Suzuki plants close down for annual maintenance at the end of the year and only BS VI vehicles would be produced when the plants re-start their operations in January 2020. He also added that upgrading from BS IV to BS VI would increase the price of the vehicles substantially.
The price rise would be less impactful on the petrol powered vehicles but the diesel engine powered vehicles would see an extreme rise in the price. The price rise is expected to happen because of the amount of research and equipment needed to upgrade the diesel engines according to new emission norms.
The difference between the petrol and the diesel variants of the Maruti Suzuki vehicles can be around Rs. 2.5 lakh! Which is extremely high. However, diesel engines have a major advantage over the petrol ones. They are highly efficient and customers who drive long distances prefer the diesel engines over the petrol ones.
But with the price rise, people may stay away from the diesel vehicles altogether and the sales of such vehicles may come crashing down. To counter the problem, Maruti may not launch diesel-powered small cars like the Swift, Baleno and the Dzire after the stricter emission norms come into place.
To overcome the efficiency problem, Maruti may introduce the SHVS mild hybrid system in the vehicle like Swift, Baleno and the Dzire. Maruti introduced the SHVS mild hybrid system with the petrol engines earlier this year with the launch of the Ciaz. Later, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was also launched with the similar SHVS mild hybrid system.
The mild hybrid system is different from the full-hybrid system and uses a bigger battery to run the electricals in the vehicle. It also uses the start/stop feature to efficiently save fuel and increase the mileage considerably when compared to the regular, non-mild hybrid cars.