Recently, Supreme Court made it very clear that no BS4 vehicles will be retailed in India after implementation of the BS6 emission norms (i.e. April, 2020). Therefore, all carmaker manufacturers have started preparing their product lineup to meet the upcoming regulations before the deadline. Honda Cars India (HCI) is also planning to make its entire model lineup BS6 ready at least before four months of its enforcement.
Talking to carandbike, Mukesh Manocha, Assistant General Manager, Welding Division, Honda Cars India, confirmed that the company will be ready much ahead the BS6 norms will be implemented across the nation. He didn’t mention the exact month, but revealed that at least four months before the BS6 standards will be regulated.
The Japanese carmaker, currently, has two diesel powertrains in India – a 1.5L i-DTEC ‘Earth Dreams’ and a 1.6L i-DTEC. The latter one is BS6-ready and exclusively produced for the Indian market. It recently debuted on the new-generation Honda CR-V 7-seater SUV.
The carmaker will also upgrade its 1.5L i-DTEC motor to meet the BS6 emission standards. This oil burner powers several Honda cars including new Amaze compact sedan, City sedan, Jazz hatchback, WR-V cross-hatch and BR-V SUV. Read – Honda Amaze Based Compact SUV Under Development
The powertrain upgrade will significantly increase prices of the diesel cars, especially for diesel vehicle that will feature a Diesel Particulate Filter along with a Catalyst Reductor and Exhaust Treatment. However, Honda is exploring new ways to reduce the increase in cost and possibilities of manufacturing parts of the diesel particulate filter at local level.
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