Several automobile manufacturers were negatively affected by the Delhi Government's decision. An indefinite ban on the sale of diesel engines over 2.0-litres was implemented. This ban hurt the overall sale figures of several automobile manufacturers in the Indian market.
Now, Tata Motors does not want to take a chance in case this ban is introduced once again. They were recently caught testing its Safari Storme reportedly with a 1.99-litre diesel engine. A downsized 2.2-litre diesel engine from Tata Motors has been deployed in their Safari Storme.
Previously, Mahindra introduced a downsized 1.99-litre diesel engine for their Scorpio and XUV5OO models. In the spy shot as well, Mahindra XUV5OO is seen with Tata Safari Storme. Both the models are direct competitors and Tata is running tests against its direct rival.
Tata Motors and their SUVs are all fitted with diesel engine options. Indian-based automobile giant was worst affected by the ban on the sale of diesel vehicles. Recently, the ban was lifted by the Supreme Court, thus, allowing manufacturers to sell their vehicles, with their desired engines.
Currently, Supreme Court has lifted the ban on the sale of diesel vehicles over 2.0-litre. They have instead decided to add a one percent cess on vehicles that do not meet its criteria.