Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 are set to receive a 1.9 liter diesel engine by February 2016 to counter the Supreme Court ban introduced in December 2015 on registration of vehicles powered by diesel engines larger than 2,000cc in Delhi.
The new 1.9 liter diesel engine will be introduced on both the Mahindra Scorpio and the XUV500. This new engine is the same as the existing 2.2 liter mHawk engine, but down-sized, with same power and torque figures. Mahindra has worked on the downsizing of the engine while engine mapping was outsourced. The existing 2.2 liter engine is rated at 140 hp and 330 Nm.
Mahindra Scorpio will be the first of the two SUVs to go on sale with this new 1.9 liter diesel engine. Report on ET Auto confirms that a prototype with 1.9 liter engine has already received sanctions from ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India). The car will start arriving at showrooms soon. The Mahindra XUV500 with its smaller diesel engine is yet to complete the certification process.
This move comes after the Supreme Court of India banned registration of vehicles powered by diesel engines over 2,000cc in Delhi in December 2015 which has affected sales to a great extent. Though the three months suspension of registration is only limited to the National Capital Region, Mahindra and Mahindra will be offering the Scorpio and XUV500 with downsized engines across the country following the court order to companies to opt for petrol and smaller diesel engines for their products in the long run as well.
Mahindra XUV500 – Photos
Mahindra Scorpio – Photos