Around 80% buyers of the Tiago and Tigor segments prefer petrol variants over the diesel models.
Tata Motors will discontinue the diesel variants of the Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan in 2020 when the BSVI (Bharat Stage 6) emission norms will kick in (i.e. 1st April). The reasons behind this decision are the high demand of the petrol variants and existing 1.05L, 3-cylinder diesel engine that doesn’t meet the upcoming emission standards. Check Out – Tata H2X Subcompact SUV Pictures & Details
Talking to Autocar, Rajendra Petkar, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Tata Motors, confirmed that around 80 percent buyers of the Tiago and Tigor segments prefer petrol variants over the diesel models. And upgrading the current diesel engine as per the future emission norms will require additional investment which isn’t viable for the company.
The home-grown carmaker sold 1114 units of the Tiago diesel and 6606 units of its petrol models during April – January, 2019. The Tata Tigor diesel has average monthly sales of 360 units against 1940 units of the petrol model. Read – Tata Altroz Hatchback To Launch This Year
Besides this, Tata Motors is working on a new 1.6L turbocharged petrol engine boosted with direct-injection technology. The new gasoline unit will deliver power between 120bhp – 140bhp. Tata’s newly-developed BSVI-ready petrol engine will debut in the Harrier SUV in 2020.
Currently, the Tata Harrier SUV comes with a 140bhp, 2.0L diesel engine paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. The SUV carline will receive an automatic variant in coming months. The Harrier automatic will feature a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox.