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The stringent BS6 emission norms are all set to be implemented in the country, starting from the 1st of April 2020. Many OEM manufacturers have already introduced a number of BS6 models in the Indian market, making a smooth transition to the new emission norms.
As per the regulations, no vehicle manufacturer can sell BS4-compliant models in the Indian market, post the implementation. Many car makers have also started offering massive discounts for their leftover BS4 stocks for the same reason.
Having said that, there are still a number of BS4 models on sale in the Indian market. While some of them have or will receive a BS6 version, there are many others which will be discontinued entirely.
Here is a list of car models which will be discontinued altogether from the Indian market once the new emission norms are implemented.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno is currently one of the best-selling premium hatchbacks in the Indian market. While Maruti Suzuki has already updated the Baleno to comply with the BS6 emission norms, the same can't be said about its sporty ‘RS' avatar.
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS which features a more powerful 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine has already been discontinued from the Indian market. Maruti Suzuki currently has no plans of updating the Baleno RS to comply with the BS6 emission norms. The model had the potential to do well in the market, however, various factors prevented it from happening, ultimately leading to its discontinuation.
Tata Bolt & Tata Zest
The Tata Bolt and Zest are relatively old models in the brand's product portfolio. The two models were introduced back in 2015 and 2014, respectively and feature Tata Motors' old design language. The company has now introduced newer products, with a completely new design language and underpinnings.
The sales of the two models have also been close to nil for the past couple of months. Tata Motors has hence taken the decision to discontinue the two models altogether, as they feel the additional investment required for updating the two models wouldn't produce the desired result in terms of sales in the Indian market.
The Tata Sumo is one of the oldest models in the Indian market. The SUV was first launched in 1994 and since then has received a number of updates, facelifts and revisions in the Indian market. The last update for the SUV gave it the ‘Sumo Gold' moniker back in 2011.
The Tata Sumo was one of the go-to SUVs in the Indian market and considered as an extremely dependable work-horse. However, over the years the SUV has become extremely outdated with Tata Motors finally pulling the plug on the Sumo in late-2019.
Tata Safari Storme
Similar to the Tata Sumo, the Safari is yet another iconic SUV from the brand in the Indian market. Introduced originally back in 1998, the Tata Safari SUV was also an extremely popular offering from the brand in the country.
However, the last major update to the SUV was made back in 2012, when it got a new moniker, the Tata Safari Storme. The SUV now feels extremely outdated with little to no monthly sales in the Indian market and Tata has decided to let go of the model from 1st April 2020. The company also doesn't have any plans of bringing a revised version of the Safari Storme anytime soon.
The Volkswagen Ameo was the first-ever sub-4 metre compact-sedan offering from the German brand. The Ameo was developed in India exclusively for the Indian market, part of PM Narendra Modi's ‘Make In India' campaign.
The Volkswagen Ameo closed the gap between the brand's Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan. The compact-sedan did taste a bit of success in the Indian market, thanks to its adequately-powered engine options, strong build quality and long feature-list.
However, the German brand has confirmed that the Ameo will not be receiving a BS6 update and will be discontinued from their product portfolio once the new emission norms are implemented.
Toyota Etios, Liva & Cross
The Toyota Etios sedan was first introduced in the Indian market back in December 2010. Toyota also introduced its hatchback version, the Etios Liva at around the same time. Both the Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatchback are the entry-level products for the Japanese brand in the Indian market.
The two models initially did bring in good sales numbers for Toyota, however, quickly fell under the pressure from its competitors. Toyota tried to refresh the lineup with the more rugged Etios Cross which also failed to make an impact. In late-2019 Toyota finally decided to discontinue the ‘Etios' moniker, putting an end to all three versions of the model in the Indian market.
The Hyundai Xcent was one of the first compact-sedan offerings from the South Korean brand in the Indian market. The Xcent initially performed well in the country in terms of sales, offering a good amount of features and equipment. However, over the past couple of months, the sales of the Xcent has been dwindling.
Hyundai even introduced the Aura sedan recently, which is also a compact-sedan offering. The new Hyundai Aura is much more modern and feature-loaded offering and will replace the Xcent once the new emission norms are implemented.
The Mahindra Verito first started its life as the ‘Logan'; a result of the collaboration between Mahindra and Renault. However, once Renault started operating individually in the Indian market, the Logan fell between the cracks ending up as the Verito in Mahindra's lineup.
The compact-sedan was never a popular offering from Mahindra, essentially known for manufacturing SUVs in the Indian market. Mahindra has finally decided to put an end to the production of the Verito, with the sedan being discontinued once the new emission regulations come into effect.
The Mahindra KUV100 is one of the entry-level SUV offerings from the brand in the Indian market. The KUV100 is positioned below the XUV300 in the micro-SUV segment. Mahindra recently launched the electric version of the KUV100, which is currently the most affordable EV in the Indian market.
However, the Mahindra KUV100 has been receiving little to no sales in the Indian market. The Indian car manufacturer is now considering discontinuing the model altogether. Although there is no official confirmation from Mahindra at this point, there is a chance the SUV could get discontinued leaving just the e-KUV100 in its place.
Renault India has been struggling to find its footing in the Indian market for a couple of years now. The company introduced the Lodgy MPV in the Indian market back in 2015 and since then hasn't brought any major update to the model.
The company recently updated its two best-selling products, the Kwid and Duster, both of which are expected to be BS6-compliant soon. However, the Renault Lodgy will not get the same treatment. The French brand has confirmed the end of production of the MPV, with sales coming to a close from 1st of April 2020.
Thoughts On The BS4 Cars List Being Discontinued In India Post April 2020
This list consists of just those models which are confirmed to get discontinued from the Indian market. There are also many more products whose future looks doubtful and some which have already faced the axe as well.