With the recent Supreme Court interim decision to ban all diesel vehicles with displacement of 2000cc and above from plying in Delhi and NCR region, India’s largest UV maker, Mahindra has been hit the hardest. More than 1,000 Mahindra cars currently are as good as dead stock in the NCR region.
Speaking about the ruling, Mahindra says that they welcome the move from Supreme Court. Their first task is to move those 1,000 cars out of NCR region so that they could be sold in other parts of the country.
But at the same time, Mahindra is wary of the fact that this ruling could stay forever, and in the future could be implemented in more Indian cities. Keeping in mind of such a circumstance, Mahindra has worked out some plans.
Speaking to media during the unveiling of their new compact SUV KUV100 and its engine family – mFalcon, Dr Pawan Goenka said that the engineering team is working towards downsizing the engine capacity from the existing 2.2 liter to under 2,000 cc. This will allow Mahindra to sell their cars in Delhi, including their best sellers – XUV500 and Scorpio, which are very much in demand in Delhi.
The second option could be to launch their new 1.6 liter engine family in India. Mahindra has revealed that they have six new engines in pipeline, two of which have already been launched on board the SsangYong Tivoli in the UK. The remaining four are 1.2 liter and 1.5 liter petrol and diesel engine family.
The 1.2 liter engine family (mFalcon) was unveiled a few days ago while the 1.5 liter engine family is still under development, said Dr Goenka. It is possible that we could see the Tivoli’s 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engine, rated at 128 PS / 160 Nm and 115 PS and 300 Nm respectively could debut on board the XUV500 and Scoprio.
SsangYong Tivoli – Photos