April 2020 is here, and while the coronavirus pandemic has somewhat overshadowed it, our nation has moved to clean and better Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission standards. So all carmakers will manufacture and sell only vehicles that comply with BS6.
While carmakers struggled with this change, Maruti Suzuki India was among the few who prepared and started rolling BS6 vehicles nearly a year in advance. The company sold more than 7.5 lakh BS6 vehicles in India as of March 2020, ahead of the BS4 deadline of April 1.
Maruti Suzuki’s first milestone in BS6 vehicles sale set in November 2019, when the company crossed the 3 lakh unit mark. The company crossed the 5 lakh units mark in the next two months and by March 2020 the company’s overall BS6 vehicle sales increased by an additional 2.5 lakh units.
However, the numbers could have increased further, as the coronavirus outbreak forced the company to suspend all manufacturing and sales activities from 22 March onwards. The coronavirus outbreak also hit the Maruti Suzuki’s March sales, which dropped by 47%.
In April 2019, Maruti Suzuki India introduced its first BS6 model, the Alto, powered by the BS6 version of the 800CC, 3-cylinder petrol engine, followed in the same month by the launch of the Baleno facelift, which came with the BS6 version of the tried and tested 1.2-liter K-Series petrol engine. Early in the months that followed, the company introduced BS6 petrol variants of the new Wagon R, Swift, and Dzire, and all three models borrowed the 1.2-liter Baleno engine.
The company released the BS6 version of its latest 1.5-liter K15B petrol engine with the Ertiga in August and introduced the Maruti XL6 with the same engine in the same month. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso became the first car to feature a 1.0-liter BS6 engine. The last Maruti Suzuki car to make the transition to the BS6 emissions regulation before the deadline was the Vitara Brezza facelift, which also received the Ertiga 1.5-liter petrol engine.
The S-Cross is currently the only Maruti Suzuki vehicle to make the move, but the company unveiled the BS6 petrol version of the car at Auto Expo 2020, which is expected to be introduced shortly.
Maruti Suzuki has produced only BS6 vehicles since January 2020. Other manufacturing plants in India have made a complete transition to BS6 emission regulations in advance include Toyota India, Ford India, and Jeep India.
As for those who have still uncleaned BS4 stock, the Supreme Court ruled on 27 March that, despite the coronavirus situation, dealers must be allowed to sell BS4 vehicles 10 days after the lockdown. On these days, only 10% of the total stock can be sold and all vehicles must be registered within 10 days. There is no BS4 vehicle available for sale in Delhi/ NCR.