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New diesel cars from Mercedes-Benz to be BS-VI compliant

New diesel cars from Mercedes-Benz to be BS-VI compliant
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 19 June 2018, 16:58 PM

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its plans to introduce future diesel cars which are BS-VI compliant. This latest development will help the company transition towards BS-VI upgrade ahead of the mandated deadline for the shift in April 2020. The facelifted S-Class which was launched earlier this year, marked the debut for a BS-VI compliant diesel car. Interestingly, the BS-VI diesel variant is compatible with BS-IV fuel which is available in most parts of the country.

Although the plan for BS-VI upgrade is applicable for all new diesel engines, it is believed that the company will initially start with the four-cylinder diesel engines which are available in the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, the GLA and the GLC gradually followed by six-cylinder and more options. The move is expected to help the company considerably as it is believed that the German luxury car manufacturer receives around 75 per cent of total sales for the diesel variant. On the pricing front, the latest upgrade will mean a slight hike in overall prices, however the company is yet to reveal details about the percentage of hike in prices for the diesel versions.

The German luxury car manufacturer has also shown interest in upgrading its petrol versions to BS-VI over time as well. Speaking to media, Michael Jopp, Mercedes-Benz India VP Sales and Marketing said, “Going forward, all the diesel engines we plan to launch in the country will be BS VI compliant only. The government deadline of April 2020 does not pose any challenge for us as we are way ahead of that time line.”

 

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