Honda will stop making all types of diesel engines in IndiaCurrently makes 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel enginesUpgradation costs to comply with RDE norms not feasibleHonda bids goodbye to diesel engines in IndiaAhead of the implementation of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) norms in India from April 2023, the Japanese carmaker will stop production of its 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that is currently being used in the Amaze, City (fifth generation) as well as the WR-V crossover.The brand-new RDE standards, which call for huge investments in diesel engines to upgrade them to fulfill the stiff new emission regulations, have actually led to the axing of numerous diesel designs across brand names. In the WR-V crossover, this 1.5 diesel powerplant provides a licensed fuel effectiveness of 23.7 kpl.Complete stop on made-in-India Honda diesel enginesApart from stopping the production of the 1.5-lit diesel, sources have actually exposed that HCIL will also cease production and exports of the 1.6-litre diesel engine from March 2023. At present, India exports this 1.6-litre powerplant to Thailand for usage in the Honda CR-V in abroad markets, including Thailand and the Philippines.The 1.6-litre diesel which is made in India for export functions will also be axed.It is learnt that HCILs providers have been alerted about this prepared phase-out of these diesel engines well in advance, and the company will stop producing them at its plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan.Ditching diesel in line with worldwide trendHondas decision to drop diesel from its portfolio can be understood to be in line with total market patterns.
Surprise and City to lose diesel engine options; cost of upgrading the present engine to strict RDE norms not justfiable.Honda will stop providing the choice of a diesel engine in its India line-up from early next year, sources have actually told our sibling publication Autocar Professional. Honda currently has four diesel-powered designs on sale in India; these include the City, Amaze, Jazz and the WR-V. Honda will stop making all kinds of diesel motor in IndiaCurrently produces 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre diesel enginesUpgradation expenses to abide by RDE standards not feasibleHonda bids bye-bye to diesel engines in IndiaAhead of the application of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) standards in India from April 2023, the Japanese carmaker will stop production of its 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that is presently being used in the Amaze, City (5th generation) along with the WR-V crossover.The new RDE standards, which call for big financial investments in diesel engines to upgrade them to satisfy the stiff new emission regulations, have led to the axing of numerous diesel designs across brand names. For circumstances, the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Aura compact sedan calmly gave up on a diesel engine offering earlier this year, while the premium i20 hatchback is lined up next to lose this option.Customers in India can still purchase diesel-powered Hondas until completion of March 2023, however the business plans to exhaust its diesel stock in display rooms across the nation before the more strict emission requirements begin, precisely 3 years after BS VI emission norms were mandated from April 1, 2020. Honda Cars India has already stopped producing diesel-powered Jazz, WR-V in addition to select variants of the Amaze compact sedan. The carmaker is in the process of phasing out the present generation Jazz, city and wr-v (fourth generation) in due course of time as the three designs are nearing the end of their lifecycle. The rest of the portfolio will see the end of life of diesel variations in between December 2022 and February 2023. Autocar Professional reports that after the implementation of BS VI emission norms in April 2020, 21 percent of Hondas total cars and truck sales originated from the 1.5-litre diesel powertrain. This share, nevertheless, has even more decreased to only 7 percent of its total sales due to a shift in the clients choice towards petrol-powered automobiles. HCIL registered sales of about 30,000 to 35,000 systems of diesel automobiles between CY2020 and CY2022.Honda introduced the 1.5-litre diesel engine– christened i-DTEC– in India in 2013 with the launch of the first-gen Amaze compact sedan. The company specifies that the BS VI-compliant engine has a certified fuel performance of 24.7 kpl in the Amaze manual-transmission variant, while it delivers 24.1 kpl in the bigger City sedan. In the WR-V crossover, this 1.5 diesel powerplant supplies a certified fuel efficiency of 23.7 kpl.Complete stop on made-in-India Honda diesel enginesApart from stopping the manufacturing of the 1.5-lit diesel, sources have exposed that HCIL will likewise cease production and exports of the 1.6-litre diesel engine from March 2023. At present, India exports this 1.6-litre powerplant to Thailand for use in the Honda CR-V in overseas markets, including Thailand and the Philippines.The 1.6-litre diesel which is made in India for export functions will likewise be axed.It is discovered that HCILs providers have actually been alerted about this planned phase-out of these diesel motor well in advance, and the business will stop producing them at its plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan.Ditching diesel in line with global trendHondas decision to drop diesel from its portfolio can be comprehended to be in line with overall market patterns. Over the past couple of years, leading carmakers in India as well as overseas have already left or outlined their plans to move far from the diesel-engine sector, particularly in the small-displacement (sub-2-litre) classification where the technological cost of complying with much more stringent emission standards is reasonably high.Over the past decade, the share of diesel vehicles in India has fallen greatly from the peak of 54 percent to 20 percent, and the shift accelerated after the BS VI Phase-I emission standards application. The contribution of diesel in hatchbacks and sedans has actually almost vanished, with SUVs now representing a lions share of the demand.While the likes of Hyundai, Kia, Mahindra & & Mahindra and Tata Motors continue to provide a diesel option in the compact and midsize SUV segments, the Japanese OEM brigade has, however, quit on diesel, and is instead focusing on hybrid powertrain technology.Tougher requirements with RDE normsThe upcoming RDE norms will task OEMs to fulfill the emission targets, especially those noted for particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the BS VI standards, now in the real-world driving circumstance rather than simply being on an engine test bench. This would effectively mean the requirement of a near-optimal emissions performance in differing geographical circumstances across India.Industry professionals state that it would, therefore, require carrying out technologies like selective catalytic reduction or SCR (further NOx reduction), which is currently utilized in high-displacement engines and will show incredibly cost inhibitive, especially for diesel motor approximately 1,500 cc displacement.Honda, nevertheless, will continue to concentrate on its popular i-VTEC gas engine technology with the 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated petrol engines powering the Amaze and City models, respectively, in India. It will also focus on the recently presented strong-hybrid drivetrain in the City e: HEV.Meanwhile, Honda is dealing with bringing a new SUV to the Indian market around the middle of 2023 to restore its market share that has actually seen a considerable drop in the previous few years due to the lack of a strong SUV product portfolio. The new midsize SUV will feature both fuel and strong-hybrid powertrains. Honda hopes the hybrid technology will compensate for its exit in diesel, though it stays to be seen how competitively the 1.5-litre hybrid engine (which is expensive in the City) can be priced.Also see: Honda Cars India crosses 2 million-unit production turning point