Tata Tiago and Tigor will lose its diesel derivative starting April 2020

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With the majority of the demand for the Tata Tiago and Tigor comprising of petrol derivatives, it does not make sense to upgrade their diesel engines to BS-VI specification.

Starting in April 2020, the Indian automobile industry will go through a massive change. Vehicles manufactured after the 1st April 2020 deadline will have to meet the stringent BS-VI emission regulations. This will require automobile manufacturers in India to either upgrade their existing engine line-up or to produce altogether new ones in order to make them BS-VI complaint.

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Upgrading the existing engine line-up is a more cost-effective solution. However, it still requires a huge amount of monetary input resulting in a corresponding increase in the prices of the end-product. This will be transferred to the buyer, resulting in a significant increase in the prices of vehicles, particularly their respective diesel derivatives.

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As a result of this, there is a likely probability that cars in the compact segments, the ones which are prices below the INR 8 lakh mark, might altogether lose their diesel derivatives once the BS-VI norms kicks in.

According to a report published in Autocar India, Tata Motors, which currently sells the Tiago and Tigor, its entry-level products in the compact hatchback and compact sedan segment respectively are not going to get BS-Vi complaint diesel derivatives. Post-April 2020, both these cars will retail with just a petrol derivative in their line-up.

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Majority of the demand for the Tata Tiago and Tigor, in the current scenario, has been for their petrol derivatives. As a result of this, it does not make sense for the homegrown automaker to develop a BS-VI complaint low capacity diesel engine for the same.

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The Tata Tiago and Tigor are currently available with 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. This engine is capable of churning out 84 BHP of power along with 114 NM of peak torque. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. In addition to this, there is a 5-speed AMT gearbox on offer as well.

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