Peugeot to Make India Comeback

Peugeot cars may get 1.2L petrol and 2.0L diesel engines in India as the French brand will re-enter in 2020; signed a comprehensive JV with CK Birla Group

Peugeot is preparing to re-enter Indian market in 2020. The company has already penned two joint venture deals with the CK Birla Group. The Peugeot range in the domestic market could come powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine, and a 2.0-litre diesel engine will be on offer as well.

Both the petrol and diesel motors are expected to come Euro-VI emission norm compliant. Interestingly, the Avtec, a subsidiary of CK Birla Group already manufactures engines since 2011 for PSA Powertrain, a wing of PSA Group that owns the Peugeot and Citroen auto brands.

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Avtec displayed two Euro-VI compliant engines at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. Now these engines are very likely to feature under the hood of the Peugeot range in the country. The engines showcased at the biennia automotive event included a 1.2-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel motor as well.

The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Euro-VI turbocharged petrol engine was claimed to be extremely fuel efficient. This motor is capable of churning out 129.7 hp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, was a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit capable of kicking out 176.4 hp of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque.

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As India being one of the fastest growing auto markets in the world, PSA is hoping to grab a good share here with localised production and competitive pricing. It plans to manufacture 1 lakh passenger cars in the country, once it starts operation here. Peugeot was present in the Indian auto market in a partnership with Premier Automobiles, but later it exited the country.

Source: Autocar India