Diesel is really feeling the heat, thanks to Governmental bans the upcoming BS6 emission norm. And with the advent of Electric cars, the day is not far that we might have to say the final goodbye to diesel cars. Until then, here is a list of top 10 soon-to-be discontinued diesel cars in India.
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Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel
India’s favourite hatchback that paved the way for premium hatchbacks in India. The Maruti Swift is the prodigy when it comes to hot hatches. Its got great looks, low maintenance cost and unbeatable frugality. Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki has decided to axe the 1.3 Fiat-sourced multi-jet diesel engine (DDis) that used to power the Swift.
Nissan Sunny Diesel
The Nissan Sunny is not a car, but a caaar. Remember that advert? The moderately successful Nissan Sunny was a great car, spacious and value for money. However, the underlying poor build-quality, plastic-clad interiors was a major setback for the Sunny. This and rivals such as Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz left the Sunny with no choice to ply as a taxi. Furthermore, Nissan isn’t really seeing great volumes with the Sunny and is planning to discontinue this model.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Maruti made a bold move by launching a premium crossover in a less explored segment. But, then again, they are Maruti! The S-Cross is sold as a diesel-only car and will be continued to be on sale once the BS6 norm kicks in, just in a petrol avatar, 1.5-litre SHVS to be specific.
Volkswagen Ameo Diesel
Volkswagen’s attempt at making a sub-4 meter sedan for India. The Volkswagen Ameo wasn’t really a successful car, to begin with. Mind you, the Ameo was competing against segment goliaths such as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze. Low sales and almost-zero market penetration has led Volkswagen to discontinue the Ameo. Do note that the Polo and Vento will be receiving BS6 updates.
Renault Duster Diesel
Renault’s blue-eyed-boy in the Indian sub-compact SUV market. The Renault Duster was an instant hit after its launch. Facelifts after facelifts, the Duster has seen many changes and new features. However, Renault has decided to discontinue the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine replacing it with the 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Also, no AWD (all-wheel drive) option for the BS6 Duster.
Tata Hexa Diesel
The Tata Hexa saw the same fate as its predecessor, the Tata Aria. Since, the launch of the radical Tata Harrier, sales for the Hexa has been at an all-time low. Tata is planning to discontinue the 2.2-litre Varicor400 diesel engine-only Hexa. On the bright side, Tata is all set to reveal a 7-seater Harrier called the Tata Buzzard which will be replacing the Hexa.
Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel
The advent of the compact SUV market has had a negative impact on the premium D-segment sedan market in India. In terms with the global agreement between Maruti Suzuki and Toyota who will be sharing resources and technology, Maruti was supposed to sell a rebadged version of the Corolla Altis in the Indian market. However, Maruti sensing the dying trend decided to bail-out on Toyota. Even Toyota realises this and is reluctant to further update the Corolla Altis.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Diesel
The one car that wears the crown for the most sold sub-4 meter sedan in India. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire (erstwhile known as Swift Dzire) was the crown jewel for Maruti. The Dzire manages to rake out maximum sales in the passenger vehicle category for Maruti Suzuki. Sadly, the Dzire shares the same fate as its younger brother (size-wise) Swift and will have to make do with a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno Diesel
The third Maruti in the list. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is the highest selling premium hatchbacks giving a tough fight to the Hyundai i20, which stands second. Unfortunately, with Maruti shelving the 1.3-litre DDis turbo-diesel, it will be interesting to see if the Baleno will hold its ground. The Maruti Baleno rivals the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, it’s own rebadge; Toyota Glanza and the upcoming Tata Altroz.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Diesel
In an official statement earlier, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that it will be discontinuing its entire line-up of diesel engines in the view of non-compliancy with the BS6 norms. The official ARAI figures rank the 1.5-litre diesel Ertiga at 24.2 kmpl, which makes it one of the cheapest MPV to run and maintain. The very concept of an MPV like the Ertiga is to have a good fuel mileage and low-maintenance cost and with only Petrol and CNG options left, The Ertiga has some dark days ahead.
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