Everyone is talking about shifting to BSVI from BSIV. So, in today’s blog we will try to entail the topic and compare both the models in terms of performance and efficiency. We will also discuss BSIV vs BSVI, which one is better. Before discussing about BSVI compliant engine or BSVI emission, first we shall discuss about the exiting BSIV engine, performance, norms, and its significance.


BSES (Bharat Stage Emission Standards) is the governing organization for all types of vehicle emission in India, unveiled the first emission norms named “India 2000”. The introduction was made in the year 2000. Moreover, BSII and BSIII were introduced in 2005 and 2010 respectively. In 2017, BSES introduced BSIV with stricter norms and standards after a gap of seven years.

The government body set significant changes in terms of ignition control, electronic control units, and tailpipe emissions. The most significant addition was automatic headlamp on (AHO), which accommodated to safety aspect of new emission standards. Furthermore, the BSVI emission standard is the sixth iteration of these norms, and it is the substantial leap in pollution reduction as compared to BSIV. In order to achieve better emission norms, the BSV has been skipped.  

BSIV vs BSVI- How BSVI is Better

Both BSIV and BSVI have standards which are efficient in reducing pollution levels from car or two-wheeler emissions. BSVI emission standards are stricter as compared to BSIV and offer the manufacturers to utilize it in upgrading their vehicle safety standards. The most visible change came in form of stricter permissible emission norms.  

With rising concern regarding global warming and cleaner environment, central government has decided to fast-forward the pollution emission norms and jumped to BSVI instead of launching BSV. The BSVI standard was introduced in April 2020. Some of the differences (comparative analysis) between BSV and BS VI are listed below.

  • In BSIV, the nitrogen oxides emission limit is 80 mg/km while, in BSVI the limit has been reduced to 60mg/km. In BSVI emission regime, for petrol vehicles the PM (Particulate Matter) has been restricted to 4.5 mg/km.
  • A BSVI vehicle is required to use BSVI fuel only to achieve the desired emission levels as BSIV fuel will not be capable of adhering to the required emission norms due to higher levels. The Indian government has planned to dispense BSVI fuel in all the petrol pumps across India. The BSVI fuel can also be used in BSIV vehicles.  
  • As per BSIV standards, the norm for NOx from diesel vehicles is 250 mg/km, while in BSVI the limit has been reduced to 80 mg/km. The PM level has been reduced to 4.5 mg/km from 25mg/km, while the HC+NOc has been decreased 300mg/km to 170mg/km. Hence, a noteworthy pollution reduction can be seen in BSVI norms.
  • Several additional specifications have been introduced in BSVI which were not a part of BSIV. For instance, addition of Onboard Diagnostic (OD) which was not mandated in the emission norms set on BSIV. In BSVI, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) are added which was not in BSIV norms. Additionally, in BSVI, in order to ensure the real-time measurement of emission from vehicles, Real Driving Emission (RDE) has been introduced.
  • Rather than emission norms, some standards are set for dispensed fuel also which improves the efficiency even better. In diesel and petrol, nitrogen and Sulphur play a crucial role. The BSVI fuel consists of five 10 ppm Sulphur content which is five times lesser than BSIV. Also, the permitted level for nitrogen oxide has been decreased by 25% and 70% in petrol and diesel engines respectively.

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How Do BSVI Diesel Engines Work?

In BSVI engine, with the help of a catalyst, the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) unit converts NOx into water and diatomic nitrogen. The SCR units decrease the emission level of nitrogen oxide by using diesel exhaust fluid and AdBlue. The fluid contains to parts i.e. deionized water and urea. When emitted gases came in contact of fluid, the urea is converted into carbon dioxide and ammonia. This in turn, convert the nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and water vapor which results in minimized pollutants.

Currently, the AdBlue is being sold by limited distributers at a premium rate. However, the cost is anticipated to decline with a rapid increase in sale of BSVI diesel engines. The Indian government has mandated that after 1 April 2020, all the vehicles will be manufactured and sold should be equipped with BSVI compliant engines. Several manufacturers have launched BSVI cars and bikes in India.

List of BSVI Cars Available in India 2020:

List of BSVI Cars Available in India 2020
BSVI Crossover Cars
  • Renault Triber
  • Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
  • Maruti Suzuki XL6
BSVI Sedan Cars
  • Honda Amaze
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire
  • Tata Tigor
  • Ford Aspire
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
  • Hyundai Aura
  • Hyundai Verna
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Honda City
  • Audi A6
  • Audi A8 L
  • BMW 3 Series
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Honda Civic
  • Jaguar XE
  • Maserati Ghibli
  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Volkswagen Vento
  • Ford Ecosport
  • Ford Endeavour
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Hyundai Venue
  • Kia Seltos
  • Mahindra XUV300
  • Maruti Suzuki Brezza
  • MG Hector
  • Renault Duster
  • Tata Nexon
  • Volkswagen T-Roc
  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
  • Audi Q8
  • BMW X1
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Compass
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Maserati Levante
  • Mercedes Benz GLE
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan
BSVI Hatchback Cars
  • Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
  • Maruti Suzuki Baleno
  • Maruti Suzuki Celerio
  • Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
  • Maruti Suzuki Swift
  • Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
  • Toyota Glanza
  • Hyundai Grand i10 Nios
  • Ford Figo
  • Ford Freestyle
  • Hyundai Elite i20
  • Hyundai Grand i10
  • Renault Kwid
  • Tata Altroz
  • Tata Tiago
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Kia Carnival
  • Maruti Suzuki Eeco
  • Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
  • Maruti Suzuki XL6
  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class
  • Renault Triber

Upcoming BSVI Cars in India 2020

  • Honda WR-V
  • Mahindra Bolero
  • New Mahindra Scorpio
  • New Mahindra Thar
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Honda Jazz
  • All New Honda City
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Jaguar I-Pace
  • Mahindra TUV300 Plus
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • MG Hector Plus

List of BSVI Scooters/Bikes in India 2020

BSVI Scooters/Bikes in India 2020
BSVI Scooters
  • Hero Destini 125
  • Hero Maestro Edge 125
  • Honda Activa 125
  • Honda Activa 6G
  • Honda Dio
  • Suzuki Access 125
  • TVS Jupiter
  • TVS Ntorq 125
  • Yamaha Fascino 125
  • TVS Scooty Pep Plus
  • Aprilia SR125
  • Aprilia SR150
  • Aprilia SR160
  • Aprilia Storm 125
  • Vespa Elegante 149
  • Vespa SXL 125
  • Vespa SXL 149
  • Vespa Urban Club
  • Vespa VXL 125
  • Vespa VXL 149
  • Vespa ZX 125
BSVI Two-Wheelers
  • Bajaj CT100
  • Bajaj Platina
  • Bajaj Platina 110 H-Gear
  • Hero Glamour
  • Hero HF Deluxe
  • Hero Passion Pro I3S
  • Hero Splendor iSmart 110
  • Hero Splendor Plus
  • Hero Super Splendor
  • Honda Africa Twin
  • Honda CB Shine
  • Honda SP 125
  • Honda Unicorn
  • Jawa 300 Classic
  • Jawa 42
  • Jawa Perak
  • Yamaha FZ S V 3.0
  • Yamaha FZ V 3.0
  • Yamaha YZF R15 V3
  • Bajaj Pulsar NS160
  • Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220
  • Bajaj Avenger Street 160
  • Bajaj Dominar 250
  • Bajaj Pulsar 150
  • Bajaj Pulsar 180F
  • Bajaj Pulsar 220F
  • Bajaj Pulsar NS200
  • Bajaj Pulsar RS200
  • Harley Davidson 1200 Custom
  • Harley Davidson Fat Boy
  • Harley Davidson Iron 883
  • Harley Davidson Street Rod
  • Husqvarna Svartpilen 250
  • Husqvarna Vitpilen 250
  • Kawasaki Z650
  • Kawasaki Z900
  • KTM 125 Duke
  • KTM 200 Duke
  • KTM 250 Duke
  • KTM 390 Adventure
  • KTM 390 Duke
  • KTM RC125
  • KTM RC200
  • KTM RC390
  • Royal Enfield Bullet 350
  • Royal Enfield Classic 350
  • Royal Enfield Continental GT
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor
  • Suzuki Gixxer FI
  • Suzuki Gixxer SF
  • Suzuki Intruder 150
  • TVS Apache RR310
  • TVS Apache RTR 160
  • TVS Apache RTR 160 4V
  • TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS
  • TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
  • TVS Star City Plus

Upcoming BSVI Bikes in India 2020

  • Hero XPulse 200
  • Hero XPulse 200T
  • Hero Xtreme 160R
  • Hero Xtreme 200S
  • Honda Livo
  • Kawasaki Versys 650
  • Royal Enfield Meteor
  • TVS Scooty Zest
  • TVS Victor
Harmful Effects of Air Pollution Generated by Vehicle Emission

The pollution emitted from vehicles in India is measured by government agencies. They use the Air Quality Index (AQI) to gauge the level of pollution in a city. The AQI uses the below criteria to measure emission:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Nitrogen Oxide (NO2)
  • Ozone (OZ)
  • Particulate Matter (PM)
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

Higher pollution levels can also result in various health issues. Some of them are listed below:

  • Anaemia
  • Cancer
  • Itchy eyes
  • Kidney ailments
  • Lethargy
  • Lowered alertness
  • Respiratory and heart ailments
  • Throat and lung infections, asthma

Also, higher pollution level can impact the environment. Some of the major pollution impacts on environment are:

  • Acid rain and smog
  • Contamination of air, soil and water
  • Exhaustion of fossil fuel, the source for petrol and diesel
  • Global warming

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