For those waiting to purchase that diesel-powered BS-IV vehicle, the time is now as most manufacturers will soon or already have stopped production to move into the BS-VI phase. Unlike the last emission norms transition period, the BS-IV to BS-VI switch this time is pre-planned and manufacturers are clearing inventory well before the new norms kick in. As a result, like many others, Isuzu Motors India has urged its prospective buyers to enjoy the price ceiling and scheme benefits of its existing range of D-MAX pick-ups and mu-X SUV.
Keeping in line with the upcoming regulatory mandate, the company will be closing production of BS-IV compliant vehicles by end-December 2019. The new BS-VI models of ISUZU passenger models – ISUZU D-MAX V-Cross and ISUZU mu-X SUV is expected to be dearer by ₹3 to 4 lakhs. The price of commercial range – D-MAX Regular Cab and D-MAX S-CAB will also increase by ₹1 to 1.5 lakhs (all on ex-showroom price).
Commenting on the situation, Capt. Shankar Srinivas, the Company’s spokesperson, said, “There is an air of uncertainty prevailing amongst vehicle buyers in the country. As per the government announcement, BS-IV vehicles purchased on or before 31 March 2020 will continue to run even after implementation of BS-VI norms coming in force from April 2020. ISUZU would like to notify its new and existing customers about the price hike next year and urge its customers to make appropriate vehicle purchase decisions whilst availing scheme benefits that come with the range of ISUZU utility vehicles.”
For those making a purchase, the company offers ‘D-Serve’ package at no additional cost for the Regular Cab model. The package provides Free Periodic Maintenance for 3 years / 100,000 kms (whichever is earlier) – includes PMS parts, lubricants, related labour costs and certain wear & tear items. This excludes accidental damage related repairs. This limited period offer is valid for all new purchases of Regular Cab models. For the mu-X, Isuzu’s ‘5ECURE’ package provides Warranty and Free Periodic Maintenance for 5 years or 150,000 km. This is in addition to discounts and offers being offered at the dealer level on all Isuzu vehicles.