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

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.