Noting a slowdown in demand for diesel engine vehicles and not wishing to remain a diesel only manufacturer, M&M and their Korean partners SsangYong are developing a new petrol engine family. These petrol engines will range from 1.2 to 1.6 liters in displacement. Most engines will be of 4 cylinders while 1.2 liter engines will be of 3 cylinders which will be seen on the new Mahindra compact SUV in the making and codenamed S102 as on date. This engine will also do duty on new SsangYong X100, a B segment SUV which will launch in January and take on Honda Vezel, Nissan Juke, Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.
Mahindra and Ssangyong, jointly developing these upcoming Euro VI and beyond compliant petrol engines, will be able to maintain lower costs as common parts will be used across the engine range. Major development of these new engines will be conducted at Mahindra Research Valley R&D facility located on the outskirts of Chennai while specialists from AVL Austria will act as consultants in this venture.
M&M has confirmed that these upcoming petrol engines will not be like their earlier petrol engines derived from diesel engines but will be independent and developed from scratch thus making them as efficient as any other petrol engine in the market.
Source Autocar India