Cars that were killed by BS6: Compact SUVs, SUVs, MPV
Most of the SUVs and compact SUVs are sold with a diesel engine in India. Some of the SUVs including the legendary ones were discarded because they were not worth upgrading to BS6 norms considering their low sales number. Here is a list
The BR-V was a compact 7-seater SUV at a reasonable price. While this sounds good and is also affordable, it did not go the right way for the BR-V. Honda sold only 1,959 units in FY2020.
They would rather invest in their most sold cars like AMAZE and WR-V that are doing pretty well in the market.
Mitsubishi Outlander and Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport launched 2012 but has nothing much to offer for the Indian market except some updates. It did not go well and faded away eventually. It then launched the outlander hoping to do well in the market but the problem was, It was directly
imported from Japan and was pricey.
The Nissan Tarrano was based on the Renault duster with slight design changes and rebadging. It still packed all the capabilities that duster has. In the era where compact SUVs are offered like flavors in ice cream, the Tarrano could not keep up and its sales fell to
347 units in FY2020.
Renault Lodgy launched in 2015, the MPV had all it needs except a petrol engine. It failed to keep up when cars like Toyota Innova were ruling the segment. Upgrading its 1.5-liter diesel engine to meet the norms with sales figures as low as 352 cars is not sensible which led to Lodgy’s end.
Tata Safari was the beginning of that full size SUVs. It was loved by a lot of car enthusiasts due to its off-roading capabilities. 20 years of Safari just ended as the Harrier came in and took its place. Tata cleared the stock and
sold 1,105 units in FY2020.
Renault Duster Diesel
The Renault discontinued the K9K diesel engine that was used in Duster and it was replaced by 1.3-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 153bhp and 250Nm torque.
The Renault Captur was launched in 2017 and is discontinued in 2020. The reason for such a short life span is that it was priced high compared to the rivals. There were no sales of the Captur in 2020 and it did share the K9K engine that was discontinued after BS6.
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