With the Indian Government directing that all vehicles must comply with Bharat Stage IV emission norms from April 1, 2017, General Motors India is currently in talks with Isuzu Motors to source a BS IV diesel engine for the Tavera.
According to reports, the carmaker is keen on keeping the Tavera in its portfolio even after 2017 and is talking to Isuzu about sharing engines, platforms and even products for the Indian market. The two companies are also said to be discussing the possibility of co-badging a yet-to-be-launched Isuzu MPV, codenamed the RU30, which will roll out as a rival to Toyota Innova.
It is also being reported that General Motors is exploring the tie-up possibility with Isuzu even though it is working on getting all-new products to India by 2018-19. With this tie-up, General Motors will benefit from having a crucial vehicle in its line-up while Isuzu is likely to benefit from economies of scale. The Tavera that is on sale currently has a BS III diesel engine, sourced from ICML Rhino, an Indian manufacturer.