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Future of puny diesel cars in India

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It is no secret any more that auto giants in India like Hyundai, Maruti, Tata and Mahindra are developing small 3 cyl and 4 cyl diesel engines with a relatively low capacity between 800cc to 1100cc. It is not the first time that such a small diesel engine is being developed, recently Chevrolet had developed a 3 cyl variant of the exceptional 4 cyl 1.3 MJD diesel and plonked it in the Beat, rivals were worried that it might be a huge hit as diesel cars were getting popular and Beat diesel was one of the cheapest family car to offer a diesel powertrain. But it failed owing to poor power delivery and NVH levels, generally diesel engines were meant for highway cruising, this puny diesel engine like in the Beat lost puff very soon, even in the city too, power delivery was very laggard, only plus point was excellent fuel economy, so it raises a very vital question in front of us, even though we dont how the pint sized diesel engineds cars from Hyundai, Maruti, Tata and Mahindra would perform but one thing is for sure that just offering great fuel economy wont work, they have to offer better NVH and driveability to make these cheap diesel cars lucarative than ever.

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Beat Diesel is still hot favorite for city commutes like Shopping, Evening drive, amongst Ladies & for even College going boys & girls, thanks to its attractive stand-out looks.

For city commutes it's just as cheap to drive as a Motorcycle & not everyone looks for a Straight-out acceleration or top-speed who buys a car.

Beat Diesel is a very practical car & with its highly fuel-efficient engine + 3-year maintenance program, it's dirt cheap to own, much cheaper than similarly priced Figo Diesel.

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Agree with Nishu, in fact it would not be wrong to say that Beat is teh only car which is saving Chevy (apart from Cruze) and that is too selling high on diesel card.

It is efficient, spacious, practical, good handling & ride for city for sure.

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How difficult is it to categorize ? I am sure a good percent of people have certain priorities before them when they set out to buy a car. A few people are efficiency obsessed, who might have a very high running yet not many 200+ km drives in the car's lifetime. For them a 3-cyl oil burner makes perfect sense.

While i do agree that these units are absolutely pathetic on the refinement front, they do deliver on the 1 single major parameter that theyr manufactured for and that is 'fuel efficiency'. You have vehicles like the VW UP which too might get a 3-pot IIRC. I dont really foresee anyone driving an UP or a nano diesel complaining about how sluggish the car is. Your buying a not-so-refined 3 pot oil burner with long ratios tuned for a million kilometers to the litre and you want 9 seconds to 100 ? Sorry, look elsewhere then.

Personally i feel as long as something substantial can be achieved on the refinement / NVH front (relatively..from unacceptable to bearable levels) , the 3-pot oil-burners can go a long way especially with technologies like bluemotion etc.

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How difficult is it to categorize ? I am sure a good percent of people have certain priorities before them when they set out to buy a car. A few people are efficiency obsessed, who might have a very high running yet not many 200+ km drives in the car's lifetime. For them a 3-cyl oil burner makes perfect sense.

Spot on here and my thoughts exactly. A lot of folks bu cars just to commute within cities at an affordable rate. Within cities, for most of the time the car doesn't cross 60-70 km/h so the engine power doesn't matter. And these cars if driven correctly can be used for short highway trips outside cities e.g. a Mumbai-Lonavla, ok you might arrive in Lonavla 30 mins faster in the car in PlatzdaTurbo's profile pic, but does it really matter if the customer does this once a year only?

This is the kind of TG that these small diesels are aimed at and rightly so.

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