This decision comes as the development costs were too high to continue in the BS-VI era. Instead, Hyundai will source its diesel engines from Kia Motors.
Hyundai has been making a lot of headlines of late with already having launched three cars in this year already – the Venue, the Kona and very recently the Grand i10 Nios. Now, the latest development from Hyundai is that they are planning to revamp their entire diesel engines lineup for their cars.
According to latest reports, Hyundai will be discontinuing the 1.4L and the 1.6L diesel engines post the BS-VI emission norms come into effect from April 2020. Now both these engines – the 1.2L and 1.4L diesel engines – does duty in a lot of Hyundai cars as more than half of Hyundai model sold in India feature these two engines. The 1.4L diesel engine finds place in the Elite i20, i20 Active, Venue, Verna and the Creta as well. The 1.6L diesel engine is featured in the Creta, Verna and the Elantra.
Post the implementation of the BS-VI emission norms, Hyundai will continue to offer the 1.2L diesel engine but the other tow diesel engines will be replaced by a 1.5L diesel engine from Kia Motors that currently finds place in the Seltos. High development costs to upgrade a diesel engine to be BS-VI compliant were reason sited by Hyundai for such a decision. The company will be saving huge development costs by sourcing the engine from Kia and moreover, they will also benefit from lower taxes and duties as diesel engines with capacities of under 1500cc enjoy a lower tax structure in India.
The Elantra and the Verna are also due a facelift very soon. The updated versions of both these cars is expected to come with the 1.5L diesel engine from Kia. The 1.4L diesel engine in the Venue will also be replaced with the 1.5L unit very soon. The next-gen Elite i20 will also see a similar treatment but both the Venue and the Elite i20 will likely receive this new engine in a lesser state of tune with a fixed geometry turbocharger. The Hyundai Tuscon however will continue with the 2.0L diesel engine as its already Euro 6 compliant.
As for Hyundai’s own 1.2L, diesel engine, it will be upgraded to meet the BS-VI emission norms and it will continue its duty on the hatchbacks and the compact sedans in Hyundai’s lineup. The next-gen Hyundai Elite i20 will also make use of the 1.0L turbo petrol engine from the Venue as well as the new 1.5L diesel engine from Kia Motors.