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Renault To Phase Out Diesel Cars By April 2020

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The existing Indian product lineup of Renault-Nissan has a single 1.5L K9K diesel engine.

Renault India has confirmed that it will phased out all its diesel cars by April 2020. Thierry Bollore, Renault CEO, said that the sales of the diesel vehicles are constantly decreasing due to regulations and the company has decided to crease development of diesel powertrains for the future. The existing Indian product lineup of Renault-Nissan has a single 1.5L K9K diesel engine that powers Renault Captur, Duster, Lodgy MPV, Nissan Kicks, Micra and Sunny.

The carmaker is the process to upgrade its K9K diesel engine for BS6 with a Lean Nox Trap (LNT). It’s an affordable option, but not the effective one to meet the upcoming stringent emission norms. Earlier, the French carmaker planned to upgrade its K9K diesel engine to BS6 emission norms by using a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. Read – 2019 Renault Duster Interior Revealed In New Pictures

The drastic sales decline of the K9K-powered cars in the country, however, has made Renault to drop the upgradation plan. Additionally, the SCR development process will be too expensive for smaller volumes. In FY 2018-19, the company sold 11,892 units of the K9K powered cars.

Reault will mainly focus on expanding its budget car market. The company recently unveiled the Triber subcompact 7-seater MPV that will hit roads in the second half of this year. It will be positioned against the Mahindra Marazzo and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The French carmaker is also working on a new compact SUV (codename HBC) that will be based on the Kwid hatchbck. It will launch sometime next year.

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