Given that the Supreme Court extended its Delhi Diesel Ban until the next hearing, fueling the uncertainty over this issue in the process, more and more automakers are now bound to explore ways of working around the ban. The ruling prohibits registration of diesel vehicles with engine displacement of over 2.0-litre within the Delhi NCR region.
Mahindra reacted very quickly to the ban by introducing a new 1.99-litre diesel engine (which was claimed to be in the works for few years) in its Scorpio and XUV500 models for the NCR. Tata Motors is also gearing up to come up with a downsized power plant to undercut SC’s ruling.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of the Tata Tiago’s launch in Mumbai, Girish Wagh, the company’s senior vice president of programme planning and project management, stated that Tata is re-engineering its existing diesel engines to bring them below the critical 2.0-litre mark.
However, the official did not divulge the tentative time frame for the launch or the costs involved. As of now, the automaker’s Tata Safari, Safari Strome, Aria (would soon be replaced by Hexa), Sumo Gold and Xenon XT models have diesel engines that displace well over 2.0-litre. Mr. Wagh also confirmed that Tata’s downsized diesel engine would cater only to its own products and would not power the JLR offerings which are affected by the ban.
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Via – Livemint.com