General Motors is ready to upgrade its MUV Tavera according to the new emission norms that will be effective from April 2010. The current engine will not be able to meet the stringent Bharat Stage IV norms and needs an upgrade. The company is planning to install the engine that currently powers Isuzu D-Max and which is currently sold in Thailand. It is a 2.5L CRDi diesel engine and gives a power of 116 PS.
The new model is unlikely to be launched before end of 2010 which means only the non-metro owners will be able to own the Tavera after April 2010. The new engine will make the car compete effectively against Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo.
Nearly all car manufacturers are scrambling to meet the BS IV norms and introduce compliant models in India. Maruti is rumoured to be working on a brand new India-specific model (code: YE3) which will replace Maruti 800. A brand new model of Wagon R is also being planned by the company under code YR9.