The popular utility car manufacturer, Mahindra is ready to introduce the BS-VI compliant vehicles later this year in India. Off late, Mahindra was extensively seen testing the BS-VI compliant vehicles in the country. Today, as revealed to the media, Mahindra will introduce these vehicles in the next three-four months and the technology upgrade will be first seen in the petrol engine line-up in the country, which we believe could be the 1.2-litre turbo GDI engine. The BS-VI compliant diesel engines are likely to be introduced by December 2019 or January 2020.
Interestingly, Mahindra is also developing a new petrol engine. However, details about the latest development will be known in the days to come. Mahindra has invested over 1000 crores towards the development of BS-VI engines and is currently ready with eight BS-VI compliant engines across eight platforms and 12 variants, including the commercial segment. The BS-VI compliant vehicles are reportedly 3 per cent more efficient as compared to the existing BS-IV ones.
The upcoming BS-VI compliant vehicles will get a reworked chassis to accommodate new components like diesel particulate filter (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR), Urea tank and more. Mahindra further claims that the updated vehicles will continue to return similar power output figures and marginally better fuel efficiency figures over its predecessor.
In terms of pricing, although the company has managed to achieve about 95 per cent of localisation, the BS-VI compliant vehicles are likely to witness a price hike of up to Rs 1 lakh, particularly for large diesel vehicles.