Hindustan Motors ready to launch BS4 Amby diesel with a new name

Posted on: May 25, 2013 - 2:24pm IST

Hindustan Motors announced yesterday that they are ready to launch the BS4 diesel variant of the Hindustan Ambassador very soon.

HM Ambassador BS4 edition

The diesel Ambassador currently complies with BS3 emission norms only. As a result, Hindustan Motors has not been able to sell it in the major metropolitan cities (about 13 of them) since April 2010. With a BS4 compliant diesel engine, the Ambassador will be able to invade metros.

Hindustan Ambassador BS4 diesel

Hindustan Motors is currently launching the BS4 diesel in one engine specification only. It will be available with a 1.5-liter four cylinder diesel engine, while the 2.0-liter diesel engine stays in BS3 spec.

The current 1.5-liter BS3 variant produces about 35.5bhp of power and 7.44kgm of torque. Expect the power and torque outputs to remain the same or be improved slightly in the BS4 variant. The transmission is expected to be the same 5-speed gearbox.

Interestingly, HM says that the BS4 version will be launched with a new name. HM has also previewed the BS4 Ambassador for the Kolkata taxi association, who happen to have the Ambassador’s largest fan base and buyers.

new HM Ambassador
BS4 compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine will be a nice fit for the sub-4 meter Ambassador.

Mr. Uttam Bose, HM’s managing director & CEO –

We are all set to launch the BS IV-compliant diesel Ambassador very soon in keeping with our commitment earlier. Today’s display and test of the new vehicle for Kolkata taxi associations’ office-bearers and select HM dealers follows over three months of rigorous road testing of the forthcoming vehicle by our engineers. We displayed the car today and let a select group of the industry test drive it vigorously only when we had dealt with all possible shortcomings. The experts have found the forthcoming vehicle up to the mark in their feedback.

By having a BS4 compliant 1.5-liter diesel engine, HM can look forward to availing small car excise benefits for the sub 4 meter Ambassador variant, which we think will also launch in 2013.

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4 thoughts on “Hindustan Motors ready to launch BS4 Amby diesel with a new name

  1. SPITFIRE says:

    Common HM!!!!!!!!!!!! Atleast the new bs4 variant deserves a modern diesel engine with atleast 65 Bhp and 160 Nm to pull around itself comfortably and also try to add ABS in the future models…Myself being an AMBY fan do not want to see it dying..

  2. Kashyap says:

    Dear Manish,

    IMHO HM is doing a pretty neat job, why try to ape the new age Japs when your cars have a legacy and character?

    Ambassador is a car which is built tough, built to last. No point fiddling with the basics am sure the car has evolved with time.

    New frugal engine would defnitely be an icing on the cake.

    Truly an Iconic car in every might. You really want to know what the capability of this car? Ask the legendary drivers of yesteryears..

    Bottom line is to appreciate an Ambassador you need maturity. Some have and some dont.

    Safe motoring,

  3. Ramesh G says:

    Good news.. beginning of a new era for HM.. still there are amby enthusiasts..
    No doubt it is a good car for Indian conditions and long drives..

    If properly tweaked it can still sell around 20,000 pa

  4. Manish says:

    Boy O Boy . Hey Anjan , do Hindustan Motors have made it to Guinness book records, for selling the same car for more then 5-6 decades, with minutes cosmetic changes here and there ???

    But I am sure they might have made Guinness Record for not understanding their buys needs, their feeling, stubbornness, ignorance etc. At a time when companies are working on stylish new designs and cars, HM is still sitting on Ambassador, like a fat duck, ignorant about the current market, their needs and zeel to do something exciting.

    Change is inevitable, better accept it or perish.


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