Five of Tata passenger cars took a hit due to Delhi Diesel ban which prohibited sales of diesel cars with engine displacement more than 2.0-litre. While it’s an interim ban with validity till the end of March 2016, there are good chances that it may be extended further.
Autocar Professional reports that Tata Motors is working on a sub-2 litre engine to circumvent the diesel ban. It’s to be noted that Mahindra & Mahindra recently introduced 1.99-litre diesel engine in two states of tune – 120 PS for the Scorpio and 140 PS for the XUV500 – to escape the ban.
Tata too is expected to resort to a similar strategy. Currently, two of the automaker’s diesel engines – 2.2-litre and 3.0-litre – are banned in Delhi. The 2.2-litre unit (2,179 cc to be precise) is expected to be downsized to tuck under 2,000 cc mark so that it the vehicles become eligible to be sold in the region again. However, no clear time frame for the introduction of the sub-2 litre engine has been revealed yet.
The upcoming diesel engine will cater to the Safari, Safari Storme, Xenon, Sumo and Hexa (Aria is likely to be discontinued post the introduction of the Hexa).
The Delhi diesel ban has affected a lot of SUV and luxury car makers including Tata Motors, Mahindra, Mercedes, JLR, BMW, etc. If the ban is extended, we would be seeing more manufacturers coming up with sub-2 litre diesel engines.
Tata Hexa TUFF – Photos
Via – Autocarpro.in