Toyota Fortuner

BS6 Fortuner Prices, Maruti Petrol Push, Well-Priced Redi-Go and More

Toyota Fortuner BS6 Prices Are Out

2020 Toyota Fortuner Prices (BS6 vs BS4)

Variant

New Price

Difference

Old Price

Petrol 2WD MT

Rs. 28.66 lakh

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 28.2 lakh

Petrol 2WD AT

Rs. 30.25 lakh

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 29.79 lakh

Diesel 2WD MT

Rs. 30.67 lakh

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 30.21 lakh

Diesel 2WD AT

Rs. 32.64 lakh

Rs. 57,000

Rs. 32.07 lakh

Diesel 4WD MT

Rs. 32.64 lakh

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 32.18 lakh

Diesel 4WD AT

Rs. 34.43 lakh

Rs. 46,000

Rs. 33.97 lakh

Opinion

There’s about Rs. 2.0 – 2.4 lakh difference between petrol and diesel Fortuner. With the price gap between the two fuels closing in some states, the petrol Fortuner sales may pick up. The price gap between petrol and diesel versions is also enough to convince more buyers to choose the petrol engine. The petrol Fortuner sales were just 1% in FY 2019-20. Those who want the 4WD will have to go with the diesel engine only. After all, its extra torque will come in handy when you go off-road.

Also Read: Ford Endeavor Twin Turbo Diesel In Pipeline

Petrol v/s Diesel Cars Sales Data April – October 2019

Maruti Suzuki’s Push For Petrol Engines

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Maruti Suzuki have a new petrol vs diesel price calculator on their website. Click here to see the calculator. They’re touting that it takes 2.6 lakh km to recover the additional cost of a diesel vehicle.

Opinion

Most car owners don’t drive that much to breakeven the extra cost. Such messaging should discourage buyers from buying diesel vehicles.

With BS6, Maruti have gone from being the biggest diesel passenger car seller to no diesel options in their lineup. 22% of Maruti’s cars sold between April and October 2019 were diesel.

In FY 2019-20, the Dzire had a 53-47 split between petrol and diesel engines. The Swift had a 26% share and Baleno had an 11% share. The diesel versions of Ertiga and Ciaz had a share of 50% and 24%, respectively. The S-Cross and Brezza had a 100% share as they had only diesel engine option.

Hyundai have a diesel engine in almost all of their products. So, Hyundai cars are the natural choice for those diesel car buyers. Torque hungry people also have the option of turbo petrol, which is also available in most Hyundai cars. Their diesel engine options also carry a very reasonable price difference over comparable petrol option.

Petrol vs Diesel Car Sales 2019
Petrol vs Diesel Car Sales 2019

Also Read: FY19 Petrol v/s Diesel Sales

Diesel Car Advantages

While some buyers will skip diesel and choose a petrol engine, some just want a diesel car for its obvious advantages:

  • Superb torque and strong mid-range pull for better drivability
  • Better load carrying capacity
  • Significantly better real-world fuel efficiency, and thus, longer fuel tank range and fewer fill-ups. You have to rev a normal petrol engine to experience their higher power. Driving like that will significantly worsen the real-world fuel efficiency of a petrol engine.
  • Better long-term reliability due to stronger construction of diesel engine. 4-5 lakh km is common for a diesel car with just routine maintenance. The cabbies can vouch for this.
  • Option to experience more powerful engine from a few segments higher

The small car standards allow up to 1.5-litre displacement for a diesel car and 1.2-litre for a petrol car. So, you can experience a big car performance at a lower price. For example, the Venue uses the same engine as the Creat/Seltos. A smaller and much cheaper Venue can give similar thrills and driving pleasure as a Creta. In fact, it could offer better performance as it’s lighter. The next-gen i20 could also get this same engine and make that 1.5-litre engine much more affordable.

Also Read: Kia Sonet Could Bring Clutchless Manual iMT With Turbo Hybrid – Reading Between The Lines

Diesel Car Costs

  • Higher upfront ex-showroom cost
  • As a result, higher insurance costs
  • Higher registration costs
  • A bigger loan amount, and thus, more interest to pay
  • Higher maintenance costs
  • Longer time required to warm up, and thus, more wear and tear if the car is used rarely and for shorter 10-15 minute trips

A turbo petrol can offer some of the advantages of a turbo diesel-like better torque rating and wider torque band. However, the addition of turbocharger, intercooler and DI push the costs in the same ballpark as a diesel car while offering considerably lower fuel efficiency. It is worth noting that a smaller (<1.0-litre) turbo petrol engine has an insurance advantage for lower displacement.

Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki have neither and Hyundai have both. So, a marketing push to demonize diesel cars is natural from the manufacturer that no longer has the option of a diesel car.

Despite the closing fuel price gap between petrol and diesel, for buyers with high-mileage and high torque requirements, a diesel engine is a natural choice.

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The Well-Priced 2020 Datsun Redi Go Facelift

2020 Datsun Redi Go Facelift Official Front
2020 Datsun Redi Go Facelift Official Front

Datsun Redi-Go facelift went on sale last week. Here are the prices:

2020 Datsun Redi-GO Facelift

2020 Renault Kwid Facelift

Variant

Price

Variant

Price

D

Rs. 2.83 lakh

STD

Rs. 3.02 lakh

A

Rs. 3.58 lakh

RXE

Rs. 3.73 lakh

T

Rs. 3.8 lakh

RXL

Rs. 4.03 lakh

T (O)

Rs. 4.16 lakh

RXT

Rs. 4.33 lakh

T (O) 1.0

Rs. 4.44 lakh

RXT 1.0

Rs. 4.53 lakh

T (O) AMT

Rs. 4.77 lakh

RXT AMT

Rs. 4.83 lakh

Climber

Rs. 4.74 lakh

Climber AMT

Rs. 5.04 lakh

You can download the brochure from here: Datsun RediGO Facelift Official Brochure

2020 Datsun Redi Go Facelift Dashboard Interior
2020 Datsun Redi Go Facelift Dashboard Interior

Here are the observations:

  • The 1.0-litre engine is Rs. 28,000 more expensive in the Redi Go over the 0.8-litre engine
  • This same engine is only Rs. 20,000 more expensive in the Kwid
  • The AMT is Rs. 33,000 more expensive in the Redi-Go
  • The AMT is Rs. 30,000 more expensive in the Kwid
  • The 0.8-litre engine variants offer much better value for money than the Kwid’s 0.8-litre variants

Advantage Redi-GO

  • AC with Power steering available in A variant at Rs. 3.83 lakh (Kwid has both of these must-have features in the RXL variant at Rs. 4.03 lakh)
  • Redi-GO’s AMT has tiptronic mode with manual gear selection, which is not available in Kwid
  • RediGo has internally-adjustable outside mirrors available as standard – these aren’t available in the Kwid at all
  • Better ground clearance of 187mm
  • Better ingress-egress with a taller body

Advantage Kwid

  • LED DRLs and double barrel headlamps are standard
  • Rear seat armrest in Climber variant
  • Wheel arch cladding available as standard
  • Body-coloured bumpers are standard
  • 1.0 and AMT carry an attractive price tag
  • Optional rear power windows
  • Touchscreen infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto available in 0.8-litre RXT variant
  • Better boot space of 279 litres against Redigo’s 222 litres
  • Longer wheelbase of 2422mm against Redi Go’s 2348mm

The A variant of the Redi GO gets all the must-have features. You can get the music system, central locking and front power windows installed as aftermarket. T and T (O) are also nice upgrades.

MG ZS Electric Now In More Cities

MG ZS EV
MG ZS EV

You can now book an MG ZS in Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Jaipur, Pune and Surat. The car was earlier only available in Delhi & NCR, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. You can click here to visit the MG official website and book the ZS electric SUV.

The ZS competes with the Hyundai Kona. Although its price is comparable with the Kona, it’s not as efficient. The Kona has a smaller 39.2kWh battery and a claimed range of 452km. The ZS has a 44.5kWh battery and a range of 340km. A simple paper napkin calculation will reveal that the ZS has an efficiency of 7.6kmpu while the Kona’s efficiency is 11.5. The Kona is 50% more efficient than the ZS. That’s a substantial gap. The Nexon EV’s efficiency figure is 10.3kmpu with a 30.2kWh battery and a range of 312km.

Also Read: Indian Car Sales Figures – May 2020

MG ZS EV sold almost 5 times more than Hyundai Kona in Feb – 2020!

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Petrol v/s Diesel Cars Sales – 2019

2019 was a historic year of sorts for the automotive industry in India. It not only saw one of the worst YoY declines; but the shift towards Petrol models deepened too. There have been 2 primary reasons for the shift towards petrol vehicles –

  1. The price gap between Petrol & Diesel fuel price gap is just Rs.7.71/l as of today (considering Petrol price of Rs.70.04/l and Diesel price of Rs.62.33/l – Delhi)
  2. BS-6 transition has made a lot of OEMs (say Maruti, Renault, etc) to move to Petrol only models as they do not have the infrastructure/technology/investment readiness to manufacture diesel engines.

Near to 67% of the cars sold in 2019 had a petrol heart (engine). The dominance of the Petrol Models is bound to go to the next level in 2020 as the entire portfolio of country’s biggest automaker (Maruti Suzuki) shall have petrol-only models. However; companies like Hyundai, Ford, Kia, MG, etc are going aggressive on diesel models to gain from the situation. Will Maruti’s decision to exit diesel models be a wise one? We’ll have to wait and watch for that.



  • Maruti sold over 3.3 Lakh diesel vehicles in 2019 and the diesel models contributed over 22% of Maruti Suzuki’s volumes in the previous calendar year! Nation’s Biggest Car maker also did not have a presence in the EV domain – However; news are floating around that Maruti is readying Wagon-R EV for launch in 2020 at a competitive price point.
  • EV’s contributed to only 0.1% of the overall passenger vehicle sales in India. Going by the trend, there is a long way to go before Electric Vehicles catches up the fossil fuel counterparts. Lost cost EV and Electric Infrastructure are the need of the hour and shall be strongly backed by the government as well.
  • Hyundai managed to sneak in 27.3% sales from Diesel models and is expecting to increase the share in 2020 as Maruti is out of the race. Also the futuristic Kona was able to contribute only 0.1% of Hyundai’s sales in 2019.
  • Mahindra emerged to be the biggest EV manufacturer of 2019! Majority of the volumes was pushed by e-Verito and the EVs contributed to 0.4% of Mahindra’s volumes. Mahindra always had the first-mover advantage in the EV space post acquisition of Reva. However; the volumes are still not considerable and should go even higher.
  • Kia was the first OEM to bring in BS6 diesel in the Indian sub-continent and it reaped the benefits of its early entry into the space. Over 45% of Seltos’s sold in 2019 borne a diesel heart.
  • Dependency on petrol-powered models was extremely high for Renault, Honda & Maruti. Also Mahindra, Toyota & Skoda were highly dependent on Diesel-powered models.




Rank of OEMs wrt Petrol Models contribution –

Rank of OEMs wrt Diesel Models contribution –

Pet’rol’ v/s ‘Die’sel

Rohan, a resident of Mumbai wanted to buy a hatchback for his office commute and weekend family getaway. While he zeroed down on the Swift to suit his requirement; he was confused on which fuel option to opt for. While the office commute wasn’t much distant; he didn’t want the weekend getaways to cost dear. While this dilemma had been confusing the average Indian Car Buyer for long, the answer is much easier now. The Diesel is slowly losing its charm (rather competitive advantage) and petrol is strongly gaining acceptance due to the mentioned reasons –

  • Minimal Price Gap (Currently Diesel is priced Rs.48.33/ltr vis-a-vis Rs.59.68/ltr for Petrol)
  • Petrol Cars are easier and cheaper to maintain
  • Hefty difference in Petrol Variant On-Road prices v/s the Diesel counterpart
  • Better Drivability in city and Lighter Clutch on Petrol Cars
  • Lower Emissions in Petrol Cars
  • Easier availability of Automatic option in Petrol
  • The uncertainty of laws (who knows when Diesel cars can be banned!)

The statistics looks something like this:

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Maruti Swift Petrol v/s Diesel On-Road Price*

*prices referred from Carwale – Exshowroom Delhi

Hence, Rohan has to shell out Rs.1.34 Lakhs more if he opts for the diesel Swift (Vdi variant v/s similar spec Vxi). The cost difference will extrapolate even higher if the car is purchased on loan (interest amount being superior in this case). The cost saving in fuels would also not be considerable to recover the initial loss. Let us consider Rohan’s monthly travel to be 1500 kms (50 kms/day multiplied by 30 days); the average monthly fuel expense will work out to be –

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Rohan will end up saving Rs.2143/mth in Diesel car v/s the Petrol (Realistic <not ARAI> Mileage values are taken for calculation). Hence to recover the initial loss of Rs.1.34 Lakhs; Rohan will have to wait 5.23 years considering the above calculation! The waiting time will get even higher if interest costs are considered.

Hence, Rohan undoubtedly ends up opting the Petrol car as his purchase and similarly many other consumers are following this trend. The same is clearly evident in the sales graph this year – while sale of Diesel Passenger Vehicles degrew by 6.22%; Petrol Car Sales saw a resurgent growth of 15.27%. Petrol variants contributed to over 56% in FY16 and we expect the contribution to grow much stronger in FY17. The detailed chart highlighting the Fuel-wise contribution percentage –

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Source: ET

While the topic has been debatable for quite some time, India had always been a big market for small petrol cars. That’s why the Alto has been the numero uno selling car in the sub-continent and currently globally as well. But, the global sales trend has been varied across nations. We could find the consolidated list of best-sellers across the world here –

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Source: India Today