M&M will be ready with BS-VI petrol, diesel vehicles by end of Q2FY203 min read . Updated: 03 Jun 2019, 08:50 PM IST
- Will launch the BS-VI diesel vehicle as soon as the BS-VI fuel is available pan India, says MD Pawan Goenka
- The company has also confirmed that it will not upgrade its 1.2 liter diesel engine that currently powers its KUV100 model to BS-VI norms
MUMBAI : Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) will be ready with BS-VI compliant petrol and diesel vehicles in 3-4 months or by end Q2FY20, Pawan Goenka, MD said today in a knowledge sharing session in Mumbai.
“We would probably launch the BS-VI petrol vehicle as soon as we are ready. However, we will launch the BS-VI diesel vehicle as soon as the BS-VI fuel is available pan India. I assume this would be by either late December or early January (2020)," said Goenka speaking on the timeline of M&M’s roll out BSVI compliant vehicles.
The company said it has invested more than ₹1,000 crore in developing new petrol and diesel engine platforms to comply with the BS-VI emission norms, which see implementation from 1 April 2020. M&M, in a presentation, said that it has developed 8 diesel and 8 petrol engines (most petrol engines will be CNG ready) over the past 3.5 years to prepare for the BS-VI mandate. In the process, the company said it filed over 30 patents as it worked with 125 vendors (including 32 technology vendors) developing 1,482 and 543 engine parts for its diesel and petrol powertrain platforms respectively.
According to the company, of the total number of 2,025 parts developed from scratch, 2,005 parts or 99% of all parts are localized, thus falling in line with its expected cost targets. M&M said a team of 700 engineers along with consultants and suppliers on the BS-VI project. While Bosch, AVL and Delphi were the consultants, primary vendors included ZF, Mahle, Bharat Forge, Continental, Magneti Marelli, Valeo, Federal Mogul, Tenneco, Mahindra CIE and others.
“The team work between our engineers, suppliers and our consultants was the best that I have ever seen. All worked like a mission chasing a challenge, which nobody in the world has ever achieved. We have achieved our time targets; cost targets and are also ready with the product well in time so that there is enough time to conduct full validation, which was a major concern initially," added Goenka who stressed that the past three-and-half years were the most challenging period for any product development and sourcing organization in the auto industry in India.
Notably, in Europe, the vehicular emissions transitioned from Euro stage-IV to stage-VI in over 10 years.
“It is not about just being ready but managing the transition flawlessly," he said emphasizing that M&M has built new development capabilities that now highlight globally competitive petrol engines – an area of expertise that M&M was not known for until 2 years ago.
“One of the major concerns was to develop a portfolio of petrol engines, something that we were lacking in 2016. However, we have a stamp of approval when Ford and SsangYong decided to use Mahinda’s new petrol engine in their vehicles. This means we have managed to develop an engine that is globally competitive," Goenka stated.
M&M’s BS-VI compliant petrol engine portfolio comprises G15TGDI (1.5 liter), G12TGDI (1.2 liter turbocharged unit), G12TCMPFI (1.2 liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged unit used in XUV300) and G06 (625cc petrol/CNG for light commercial vehicle application). M&M’s new BSVI petrol engines will power 8 vehicle platforms.
On the other hand, the newly developed BS-VI compliant diesel engine portfolio comprises D25 (2.5 liter for Bolero), mHawk (2.1 liter for XUV500, Scorpio models), 4D15 (1.5 liter for XUV300 and Marazzo) among others. The company said its new BS-VI diesel engines will power 16 vehicle platforms.
The company has confirmed that it will not upgrade its 1.2 liter diesel engine that currently powers its KUV100 model to BS-VI norms. However, Goenka reiterated that 1.5 liter diesel engine will continue to be a good proposition under the BS-VI norms. “The 2–2.2 liter engine segment will largely remain a diesel territory. The penetration of petrol engines in this space will remain small in future," he summed up.
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