Hit by the Supreme Court’s ban on registration of above 2000cc diesel-engined vehicles in Delhi and NCR, Tata Motors is planning to down-size its diesel powertrains to sell its vehicles in the region. As a reminder, ban on the registration of diesel SUVs and cars with engine above 2000cc was first enforced in December, and then was extended again in March by the Apex Court. The court also said that this might attract higher taxes in future.
The ban, certainly, has impacted the sales of manufacturers likes Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz. While Mahindra introduced a new 1.99-litre diesel engine, a down-sized mHawk, on the new-generation Scorpio and XUV500. Tata Motors, too, is considering to displace its 2.2-litre VARICOR diesel powertrain with a smaller sub-2-liter engine. The products that will be benefited with the new re-sized diesel motor are the Tata Safari Storme and the upcoming Tata Hexa SUV. Though, there is no clarity that the Hexa will feature the smaller power mill right from its launch or get it at a later stage.
Speaking to media on the launch event of the Tiago, Tata Motors Senior Vice President for Programme Planning and Project Management, at the passenger vehicle unit, Girish Wagh, said “We are re-engineering our existing engines to bring them below 2-litres”. “A completely new engine takes almost or more than a year to come, but since this is something more innovative … this will be done much faster, he added further.