Maruti Suzuki is aiming to stop the production of BS-IV engines by the end of next year. It has already confirmed that BS-6 models will be launched only by 2020.
As the emission norms are nearing, the automotive brands are gearing up for this big change. Not much BS-6 cars are running on the roads, but many have started testing it.
India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki plans to stop production of BS-4 engines by December 2019. So, the BS-6 engine equipped cars will generally be launched in early 2020.
As a result of this, the prices of petrol and diesel cars are set to increase. Reportedly, the prices of petrol cars will go up by Rs 35,000. For diesel engines, the prices might go up to Rs 2.5 Lakhs.
Maruti states that it has begun testing BS-6 compliant cars and is also ready with some of them.
As per carandbike, Maruti Suzuki is ready with BS-VI vehicles. The automaker will start introducing the BS-VI cars. Maruti will start rolling out these new engine cars 3-4 months before the deadline, most probably from January. So, from January Maruti Suzuki BS-VI cars might be on sale.
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Carandbike states that Maruti was sure of exhausting its BS-IV inventory well before the deadline. It was widely speculated that 2018 Ertiga might debut with BS-6 engines. However, the speculations stand false.
Maruti Suzuki will introduce BS-VI engines to almost every model in its lineup. While Ertiga is the first one to get BS-VI engines, the next one in the line might be S-Cross and Brezza petrol.
BS-VI norms are comparably stricter than the earlier norms. For example, all the diesel cars will be fitted with a diesel particulate filter, catalyst reduction and exhaust treatment system. This change will be seen from manufacturer’s side for all the diesel engines.
While BS-VI norms will be introduced in April 2020, stricter safety norms will also kick in from October 2020. In the safety norms, every car must be equipped with rear parking sensors, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and it should be pedestrian safety compliance. Because of this, Maruti Omni will be discontinued in October 2020.
A lot of automakers are thinking of dropping certain models in their lineup, because of the emission norms. Certain models which are not generating decent sales figures are in consideration. The primary reason for this is saving up on costs.
Along with BS-VI cars, fuel suppliers also have to update themselves with BS-VI fuels. All these processes will be done before April 2020, as no BS-IV car can be sold legally after the deadline.