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Honda Cars India will be updating its entire product lineup with new BS-VI compliant engines soon. This will include both petrol and diesel engines. According to Honda Cars, all models will receive the BS-VI engines by January 2020.
Currently, the recently launched Honda Civic is the only car in their product lineup to feature a BS-VI compliant petrol engine. However, Rajesh Goel, VP Marketing And Sales, Honda Cars India stated that all cars in the brand's lineup will receive the update, without any exceptions.
He further stated that all the models, starting January 2020 will be upgraded to the stringent BS-VI emission norms. He said, "Towards the end of this year, we may discontinue the production of BSIV engines. From 2020 calendar year, I mean from January to March, so first quarter, model-by-model, we will switch from BSIV to BSVI engines, and will complete the transition by the end of March 31, 2020."
Honda Cars India currently sells eight models in the country: Amaze, Jazz, City, WR-V, BR-V, CR-V, Accord Hybrid and the recently launched Civic sedan. Honda recently discontinued the small entry-level Brio hatchback from the market. This was mainly due to the low sales and the reducing demand for the hatchback. Honda showcased the next-generation version of the Brio last year, however, they announced that there are no plans to introduce the new Brio in India.
With the stringent emission norms being implemented from the 1st April 2020, Honda is gearing up towards the update. The brand will be updating its diesel engine as well, although the cost would be double than that required to update the petrol units.
Honda is confident that both their diesel BS-VI engines will perform well; even though the cost would be significantly higher than the petrol versions. Other car manufacturers, however, are looking at other alternative fuel options like a plug-in hybrid for the future.
Thoughts On The Honda Cars BS-VI Conversion
Honda will introduce the BS-VI-ready products model-by-model in the country. The BS-VI update will be ready by January 2020, after which the brand will slowly replace its old models with the updated ones. It will be interesting o see the price difference between petrol and diesel versions and how it reflects in the Indian market.