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Planning to buy a new car after lockdown? Please read this!

Starting from April 2020, India has moved to BS6. Which means, all the new vehicles which are sold will have BS6 engines which are cleaner compared to BS4 engines. Here’s what you need to know

Cleaner Engines:

BS6 engines are going to be more cleaner, this is the very basis of the shift. Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) levels will reduce by 25 percent in petrol engines and a sharp 68 percent in diesel engines. Particulate Matter (PM) levels will also be down by a massive 82 percent in diesel engines. Compared to petrol engines, diesel engines are going to be more cleaner. Petrol engines were less polluting even in BS4 anyway.

Cars have become expensive:

Now that automakers have installed additional parts for BS6 engines, the cost is set to increase and will be passed on to the buyers. Diesel cars will become more expensive than petrol cars. This is because a petrol engine just requires a catalyst converter to meet the BS6 requirement. But for a diesel engine, there are more parts like Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to add. The Price might further shoot up for bigger diesel engines where an onboard diagnostic system will have to be installed to clean the emissions.

Fuel Cost:

As oil refineries have invested a huge amount of capital for BS6 upgrade, we can expect a marginal hike in fuel prices. As of now, only select cities in India have access to BS6 fuel. However, the prices have remained the same.


Fortunately for us, BS6 has come at a time where automakers have developed small yet effective turbo petrol engines. They offer a balanced mix of power and efficiency with lower emissions. With a strong mid-range, they seem to be the future for petrol engines. However, there is no substitute for diesel engines.

Limited Models and Variants:

As automakers had to develop BS6 engines in no time, many of them have discontinued some of their models for BS6. They include Honda BR-V, Volkswagen Ameo, Tata Zest, Tata Safari Storme, Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Etios, Toyota Liva, Nissan Sunny, Renault Lodgy among others. However, due to the lockdown, the Supreme court has extended the sale of BS4 vehicles for 10 days post the lockdown period. If you wish to buy a car with attractive deals check out these models. (Delhi/NCR region will not be included in this 10 day sale period.)

Well, in the midst of all these, if you are worried about your insurance cost, Chola MS has got you covered

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