Indian carmaker Mahindra will upgrade its entire diesel car portfolio except for the KUV100 to meet BS6 emission norms. The carmaker has hinted at what the cost of upgrading the diesel engines will be to meet the stringent new emission norms.

  • Sub-4m diesel SUVs may command a premium of up to Rs 80,000.
  • Bigger SUVs may require you to shell out about Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh over the current price.
  • Difference between the petrol and diesel variants of the same Mahindra SUV could range from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.

Mahindra’s MD, Dr. Pawan Goenka, has announced that the car manufacturer is “ready” for BS6 emission norms to come in place. He expects a price hike of around Rs 80,000 to Rs 1 lakh for diesel vehicles measuring over 4m in length, such as the Scorpio and XUV500. On the other hand, smaller diesel vehicles from Mahindra, like the XUV300, could get more expensive by about Rs 60,000 to Rs 80,000.

This incremental price is what Mahindra thinks buyers wouldn’t mind paying for the upgraded technology. The carmaker is yet to clearly state the price premium that it would charge once the diesel engines are upgraded to meet the more stringent norms.

As far as the petrol engines are concerned, the carmaker hints at a bump up of upto Rs 25,000 post upgradation. Again, this incremental price is not representative of the premium Mahindra vehicles would bear, but what the manufacturer thinks would be acceptable to customers.

Late in 2018, Maruti Suzuki hinted at a similar increase in the prices of petrol-powered cars, and when it launched the BS6 Baleno this year, the carmaker charged a premium of Rs 19,000 (maximum) over its BS4 version. For BS6 diesel engines, Maruti Suzuki had estimated the incremental price to be upwards of Rs 1 lakh for even small cars.

Manufacturer estimates suggest that once BS6 norms kick in, the price difference between diesel and petrol versions of the same car could go up to Rs 2 lakh. Here’s a price chart that shows how petrol and diesel versions of the Mahindra XUV300 may look post the BS6 upgrade.

 

Variant Petrol (Current prices) Petrol Prices (After expected price hike) Diesel (Current prices) Diesel Prices (After expected price hike)
W4 Rs 7.90 lakh Rs 8.15 lakh Rs 8.49 lakh Rs 9.29 lakh
W6 Rs 8.75 lakh Rs 9 lakh Rs 9.30 lakh Rs 10.10 lakh
W8 Rs 10.25 lakh Rs 10.50 lakh Rs 10.80 lakh Rs 11.60 lakh
W8(O) Rs 11.49 lakh Rs 11.74 lakh Rs 11.99 lakh Rs 12.79 lakh

 

(Source: www.cardekho.com)