Renault India Plans to Discontinue Diesel Models in 2020
From the moment BS VI norms have been introduced for the Indian automobiles market, several companies have been witnessed to changing their engine manufacturing and some companies have also made announcements on the enclosure of the diesel variants. Renault India has joined this bandwagon and is now destined to become the second manufacturing unit in India to stop selling diesel models.
Renault has been a major producer of diesel variant SUVs and MUVs for the Indian automobile market. Since the implementation of the BS VI norms, it has hinted that it will stop selling diesel cars. Right not, Renault has only one diesel engine in its portfolio, 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine available in 85PS and 110PS.
The diesel engine is used under the hood of Duster, Captur, and Lodgy. So far, it is being highlighted that the Duster and Captur will continue to be sold with their petrol variants, but the status of Lodgy is yet to be confirmed. As for petrol engines, Renault has three different versions available in India that include 1.5-litre petrol engines in the Duster and Captur, 0.8-litre petrol engine in Kwid and 1.0-litre petrol engine in the Kwid as well as Triber.
As far as the future models on Renault India are concerned, they are already preparing to launch electric vehicles before 2022. As per Thierry Bollore, the electric vehicles are sure to be launched by the company and Renault India would also become an active participant in this variant of the cars. The simple reason for this enclosure can be suggested to be the norms in BS VI that might make the diesel engines much costlier for automobile companies. Renault has become the second company to take this decision after Maruti Suzuki and it will be interesting to find out what other companies are planning to do so they can comply with these norms.
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