With the introduction of BS6 regulations from April 2020, a number of popular BS4 cars will not be on the market. These include cars from the stables of Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, Tata, Toyota and other major manufacturers.
These cars have been a mainstay on our roads for the last decade but the introduction of new emissions regulations are leading to manufacturers discontinuing these models. Some are being discontinued due to low demand and others are being axed due to the higher costs associated to make them BS6 compliant.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Maruti Suzuki recently introduced the 1.5-litre diesel engine for the Ertiga and Ciaz. With the Indian manufacturer’s decision to discontinue its diesel lineup, this particular diesel variant will also not be offered after April 2020. The discontinuation of the diesel Ertiga is more significant as diesel MPVs are more popular due to the lower running costs and versatility offered by them.
While Maruti Suzuki has discontinued its entire diesel range due to BS6 compliance issues, it has shown an interest in bringing a BS6 compliant 1.5-litre diesel. However, this engine is currently being developed and will make its way to production cars.
Those looking to buy a new diesel Ertiga will need to make use of the dealer discounts and purchase the car before April 1st. Once BS6 regulations come into effect, your best option will be the pre-owned car market, where Ertigas will be great value propositions. While these cars will be high mileage vehicles, the quality assurance of Maruti Suzuki and their extensive service network will ensure help mitigate the ownership costs later in the life of the car.
Volkswagen Polo & Vento
Much like Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen will also be discontinuing its diesel range. The powerful 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine will no longer feature as an option for prospective VW Polo and Vento buyers. Instead, the standard 1L MPI petrol engine will be upgraded to meet BS6 norms.
The power offered by the VW diesel engines will be missed in the Polo and Vento, with those interested in a powerful Polo or Vento will have to look to the 1.2-litre TSI engines. Nevertheless, the popularity of the diesel variants means that you will be able to find VW Polo and Vento at much lower prices in the second hand car market.
Unlike the Volkswagen Polo and Vento, the German manufacturer’s compact sedan, Ameo, will not be getting upgraded to BS6 compliance. The Ameo has faced tough competition from the more popular compact sedans dominating the market. The lower production and sales numbers of the Ameo have deemed the end of this compact sedan.
For those looking for a compact sedan with great build quality and a great DSG automatic transmission, the Ameo is the car for you. Pre-owned Volkswagen Ameos are currently available at prices that are 50% less than a new Ameo or Polo. Value like that cannot be ignored.
Toyota Corolla Altis
Toyota’s business in India is mostly bolstered by the Innova and the Fortuner, which have dominated their respective segments for years. Toyota’s other offerings, on the other hand, have often faced stiffer competition.
When it came to premium sedans, Toyota’s Corolla has always been a popular choice for buyers owing to Toyota’s famed reliability. However, demand for premium sedans has been waning over the years and with stiffer competition from the likes of the Skoda Octavia and the Honda Civic, Toyota will be phasing out the Corolla Altis when the BS6 regulations come into effect.
New premium sedans tend to be priced out of most people’s budgets. However, in the used car market, you often find second hand premium sedans competing directly with new mid-size sedans like the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Pre-owned Corolla Altis also fulfill this criteria as well, with premium features available at a much lower entry point.
Toyota Etios & Etios Liva
The Etios and Etios Liva have also been facing stiff competition from their competitors in their respective segments. Combined with the fact that both Etios models have not received a significant facelift or refresh has worked against the reliable Toyotas. The diesel variants proved to be popular for their reliability and low running costs. However, in the face of low sales volumes, Toyota will not be investing in upgrading the diesel engines to BS6 standards for the Etios models.
Toyotas tend to be reliable well into their life and make great purchases as second hand cars. This is true for used Etios and Etios Liva cars, as they offer great value through a reliable Toyota service network and easy availability of spare parts.
Tata’s Innova rival, the Hexa brought a worthy alternative to the Toyota segment leader. The MPV is still a good choice but buyer interest has now shifted to the newer Harrier and the upcoming Harrier-based seven seater. The 2.2-litre Varicor diesel engine will also be phased out with the introduction of BS6 regulations, with Tata choosing to focus on newer offerings for the market.
While the Toyota Innova leads the segment, the prices for this MPV have only been increasing. As Toyotas tend to retain their value, pre-owned Tata Hexas become great alternatives as they offer similar performance and feature list as the Innova.
The discontinuation of these popular cars does not mean the end of their presence on road. These cars will continue to be great alternatives to the more expensive options that will be entering the market after April. The key consideration when it comes to buying these cars in the future will be the serviceability of the vehicle, for which a visit to the respective manufacturer service centre will provide a fair idea of the potential experience.