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With the onset of stringent BS6 emission norms, diesel engines are facing a slow death. Many manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Renault, Nissan, Volkswagen, Skoda etc have already pulled the plug on diesel engines in the Indian market. Nonetheless, some brands are still keeping the diesel engines alive and here are the upcoming diesel cars in India 2021/2022.


2022 Mahindra Scorpio


Mahindra Scorpio is one of the most anticipated SUVs in the Indian market and the launch of the new model is slated for early 2022. It will be underpinned by the all-new ladder on frame chassis and source its powertrains from the Thar. Powering the new Scorpio will be 2.0-litre T-GDI petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engine options. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is expected to retain the 155Hp and 360 Nm tune that we see with the MX series of the new XUV700. The 2022 Mahindra Scorpio will also feature 4x4 with the diesel automatic variants. Mahindra is expected to price the new Scorpio in the range of Rs 12-18 lakh ex-showroom.


Jeep Meridian


Jeep India is prepping up to launch the seven-seater iteration of the popular Compass. It will be called the Meridian and has already been announced in the global markets. It will make its India entry in 2022 and will come packed with a 2.0-litre Multijet-II diesel engine. The engine is the same block as we get in the Compass but thanks to the mild-hybrid tech, will produce more power, around 200Hp. Jeep will also offer a petrol engine whereas the 4x4 drivetrain will remain exclusive to the diesel automatic variants only. Jeep Meridian will lock its horns with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, MG Gloster, Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace.


Toyota Hilux

Toyota India has been inactive when it comes to launching the true blue Toyota models. Toyota is now prepping up to change that with the launch of the new Hilux that is expected in mid-2022. It will share its diesel engine with the Fortuner that is a 2.8-litre unit with 205Hp and 500 Nm of torque. Being a lifestyle pickup truck, it will come with both automatic and 4x4 options. The Hilux recently got a facelift that included better looks and interiors along with a power bump. Toyota Hilux will take on the likes of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross that has become outdated with the arrival of the new-gen overseas.


Hyundai Elantra


Hyundai Elantra was updated with a new generation model last year in the global markets. With the diminishing market of D-segment sedans, the Civic was discontinued and the new Elantra will face competition from the Skoda Octavia. The 2022 Elantra will offer a new sporty design and better quality interiors. Coming to the engine options, the Elantra gets multiple petrol and diesel engine options overseas but in India, it will continue with the same set of 2.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The launch is slated for early 2022 and it will be priced competitively to take on the legacy of Skoda Octavia.


Hyundai Tucson

Just like the Elantra, the Tucson was also updated with a new generation in the global markets around the timeline at which we got to see the Facelift in India. The new Tucson sports a very radical design with sharp cuts and creases all around. On the inside, physical controls for the air-con have been replaced with touch panels and the quality has taken a leap. Coming to the engine options, the new Tucson will come powered with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options, the same ones we get with the current Tucson. The 2022 Tucson will take on the likes of the Jeep Compass, Citroen C5 Aircross and Volkswagen Tiguan.


Kia KY


Kia India is now readying a mid-size MPV, codenamed KY, for the Indian market and it will share its platform and powertrains with the Seltos. It will be positioned between the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta. On the powertrains front, it will come powered with the 1.5-litre diesel engine we get with the Seltos. It could also feature the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine options. India launch of the Kia KY is slated for early-2022 and it will be priced attractively.


Here were all the upcoming diesel cars in India 2021/2022. It is worth noting that some of the aforementioned cars are yet to get an official confirmation from the respective brands and hence, the launch timelines could vary. 

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Amit Saraswat

Amit Saraswat

Born and brought up in Agra, he grew up reading magazines more than textbooks. With a keen interest in cars, he decided to make his future in automotive journalism and is currently handling content at Carorbis.

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