Though the UV market in India is primarily petrol driven, the segment leader Mahindra & Mahindra is gearing up to offer a petrol engine option throughout its lineup. Speaking on the sidelines of the Mahindra TUV300 launch earlier this month, the company’s top officials revealed that a family of petrol engines will be ready by 2020.
The smallest engine in the family will be a 1.2-litre motor which is expected to debut in the Mahindra S101 (rumored to be called as K100 or XUV100) later this year. While the motor is expected to be naturally aspirated initially, Mahindra would come up with a force inducted version at a later stage.
The company also revealed that it is developing 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines to power its bigger and heavier UVs. The new petrol engine family is being developed at Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) near Chennai with inputs from its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong Motor. The bigger displacement engines are most likely to be available only in turbocharged avatars. It’s to be noted that Mahindra has already started testing one of its petrol engines on board its flagship XUV500.
While having a petrol engine option for its entire product portfolio may not make much of a difference in India, it would go a long way in enhancing Mahindra UVs’ appeal in export markets since majority of them are still predominantly petrol driven save for certain European markets. The bottom line is, Mahindra is pretty serious about going global with its future products.