Hyundai Elantra BS6 diesel engine will come in SX and SX (O) trims with manual and automatic options, respectively
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, Hyundai Motor India launched the refreshed 2020 Verna sedan at a starting price of Rs 9.30 lakh ex-showroom. Of course, deliveries will start only after the lockdown protocol is withdrawn.
The new Hyundai Verna is primarily targeted at the upcoming 2020 Honda City; the launch of which was delayed to the pandemic. Both sedans were some of the most awaited cars on the Indian market.
In the meantime, details of the upcoming Hyundai Elantra diesel BS6 have emerged online. The C-segment currently comes with just a BS6 2.0-litre petrol motor. The four-cylinder engine makes around 150bhp and 192Nm of torque while mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at almost Rs 16 lakh ex-showroom and it is aimed at the Honda Civic. Interestingly, the Civic’s diesel variant was recently discontinued.
The Hyundai Elantra BS6 diesel will be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill that makes 112bhp and 250Nm of torque. In the S and SX trim, the engine will be coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, a 6-speed automatic transmission is employed in SX and the higher SX(O) trim. Prices for the same are expected shared soon, most likely after the lockdown ends on 3rd May 2020.
The 1.5-litre BS6 diesel unit is found in a range of Hyundai and Kia products, including the new Verna. It essentially replaces the old BS4-compliant 1.4 and 1.6 diesel motors. The previous-gen Hyundai Elantra diesel churned out 126bhp and 259Nm of torque from the 1.6-litre engine. Hence, there is a significant stepdown in output.
The 1.4-litre diesel mill from discontinued Hyundai models was good for almost 89bhp and 220Nm. The newer 1.5-litre mill comes in different tunes with respect to the segment. For instance, the Kia Seltos makes 113bhp and 250Nm from this power plant while the Hyundai Venue BS6 generates only about 99bhp and 240Nm of torque.
With BS6 emission standards as the new way forward, several manufacturers found it hard to upgrade their existing power plants (especially diesel mill) to meet the stringent norms. In fact, Maruti Suzuki has discontinued its entire diesel range while FCA (one of the main suppliers of diesel engines in the affordable segment) stopped the production of the so-called ‘National Diesel Engine’ at its Ranjangaon facility in January 2020.