Mahindra and Tata Motors are doing great with diesel models

Maruti Suzuki, India’s largest passenger car manufacturer, has completely discontinued diesel models in the country. Honda Cars India will cease production and export of 1.6L diesel vehicles from March 2023. Automakers such as Skoda, Volkswagen, Nissan and Renault have also reduced their portfolios of diesel products. Compared to petrol engines, diesel motors have several challenges that require upgrading to new emission standards, along with higher costs. And this is why automakers are withdrawing diesel models from the country.

Domestic automakers Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors are still betting on diesel models. In fact, Mahindra Scorpio diesels account for 75% of total sales. About two-thirds of Mahindra XUV700 and Thar SUV sales come from diesel models. Likewise, Tata Motors’ Harrier and Safari SUVs are only available with diesel engines.

The Mahindra XUV700 is equipped with a 2.0L turbo petrol and a 2.2L mHawk diesel engine delivering 200bhp at 380Nm and 185bhp at 115bhp/420Nm/450Nm at 360Nm respectively. The new Scorpio N comes with 2.0L turbo petrol and 2.2L diesel engine options, while the new Scorpio Classic is powered by a 132bhp, 2.2L turbo diesel motor. The new generation Mahindra Thar is offered with 2.0L petrol (152bhp/300Nm) and 2.2L turbo diesel engines (132bhp/300Nm).

The Tata Harrier and Safari SUVs are available with a 170bhp, 2.0L diesel engine with either a manual or automatic gearbox. In early 2023, both models were reported to receive a mid-life update. Hyundai will likely equip its SUV with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), along with 360-degree surround-view cameras and an updated infotainment system. The SUV’s intelligence unit will be larger than before and can support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The 2023 Tata Harrier and Safari facelift are likely to receive a slight price increase.

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