- Under new BS6 Step 2 norms , cars must show real-time emission data
- This means that several models will stop coming out.
- The new norms will enter into force on April 1, 2023.
On April 1, 2023, the Government of India will roll out the more stringent BS6 emission norms. Also known as Real Driving Emissions or RDE norms, under the new regime, automakers will be required to display real-time emissions data for their cars. However, not all OEMs are ready to comply with RDE standards, and many automakers have already said that some of their models will be discontinued. In fact, some have already been discontinued.
Renault was one of the first OEMs to fully update its lineup to meet the upcoming RDE standards. However, the 800cc version of the Kwid didn't make the cut and has already been discontinued. Instead, the company recently launched a new entry-level Renault Kwid RXE variant priced at Rs. 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Honda Cars India
Honda Cars India has also quietly stopped sale of the Amaze diesel engine and removed it from the company's official website. In fact, last year the company said that the 1.5-litre diesel engine (which powers the Amaze as well) will not be ready to meet the new emissions standards and since the demand for the petrol model is much higher, the diesel model could be discontinued.
In addition, Honda is also expected to discontinue production of the WR-V along with the Gen 4 City and Jazz by March 2023, potentially to make room for newer products. These are expected to include new compact and semi-compact SUVs for the market.
As for Hyundai India, the Korean automaker is expected to discontinue selling the i20 diesel soon. The company has already discontinued diesel variants of the Grand i10 Nios and Aura subcompact sedan, and the luxury hatchback will be the next one to drop its diesel variants.
Maruti Suzuki India
Maruti Suzuki India may also discontinue certain models that will not meet the new RDE standards. While the company hasn't announced any names, we believe that the Alto 800, Ignis, and Ciaz could be some of the models that won't be on sale after April 2023.
Mahindra and Mahindra
Ever since Mahindra decided to sell its stake in loss-making Korean SUV brand SsangYong, the fate of the Alturas G4 has been unclear, mainly because it is a modified version of the recent Rexton SUV. In fact, as of December 2022, the company did not sell a single unit of its flagship SUV. But now, with the imminent arrival of RDE standards, the company has officially discontinued the Alturas G4 in India.
Nissan India is also expected to discontinue the Kicks compact SUV by April 1, 2023. Indeed, we've been expecting this from Nissan ever since its partner brand Renault discontinued the Duster compact SUV in February 2022. Now with emissions The tough new The standards coming to Nissan are likely to turn the Kicks off soon. The company also plans to bring a number of new products to the Indian market, including the new generation Nissan X-Trial.
Skoda Auto India
Skoda Auto India will also discontinue production of the Octavia and Superb sedans by April 2023. Both models currently come in India via the CKD (completely knocked down) route and are assembled at the company's India plant.