Mahindra & Mahindra is ready with its first BS-VI compliant Engine [Jun 04, 2019]
Mahindra & Mahindra will launch its first BS-VI compliant petrol vehicle by the end of the second quarter this year. The diesel option is set to follow by late December or early January. The Bharat Stage VI (or BS-VI) emission norms will come into force across the country from April 1, 2020.
“There never was a doubt that we need to have a cleaner environment (and) there was never a doubt that we need to have cleaner vehicles with higher level of emission standards. said Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, M&M, speaking to BigGaddi.com on Monday.
Currently, the automobile industry in the country conforms to the BS-IV emission standards. M&M has invested Rs. 1,000 crore for the transition to BS-VI norms.
Goenka said that Mahindra is fully ready for BS-VI and is working with Indian suppliers, using indigenous technology and frugal engineering for BS-VI implementation within the stipulated time frame.
However, this wasn’t devoid of challenges. Goenka said that Mahindra’s engineers and their good team work with suppliers and consultants helped ensure there there would be no compromise on fuel efficiency, performance, drivability and NVH – as was feared – while explaining how the transition had seemed an insurmountable challenge, especially for an Indian company with Indian resources.
The localisation level for ensuring the transition is 99 per cent, exceeding the localisation target it had set. Mahindra’s R&D hub in Chennai, MRV, has filed over 30 patents for the BS-VI transition.
Mahindra will also have a portfolio of globally competitive petrol engine vehicles, which was a challenge, particularly because Mahindra has been traditionally known more for its diesel engines.
Goenka said that the cost increase owing to the transition wouldn’t increase as much as it is believed to be. The cost target set by the Mahindra team was .6X of a European model, with the team managing to have achieved .5X, he said.
He also said the company will have no technical risks in ensuring the compliance of BS-VI and that this transition would also imply better products, contrary to the fear of compromise that was prevalent.
M&M has decided to discontinue its 1.2 litre diesel unit in the KUV 100, similar to what other players have also announced as the cost increase in this category wouldn’t be able to justify the transition.
Goenka further stated that this converts the challenge of BS-VI into an opportunity concerning Make in India, an opportunity for the Indian auto ecosystem to move up in the technology ladder