Mahindra 1.99L diesel powered SUVs in Delhi-NCR will continue despite the above 2.0L diesel ban lifted
Though the diesel ban in Delhi-NCR has been lifted by Supreme Court few days back, but Mahindra & Mahindra has decided to continue selling the 1.99 litre diesel engine powered cars in the region. During the nine months period of diesel ban in the national capital the Mumbai based auto manufacturer introduced the sub 2000 cc diesel engines to its two popular SUVs XUV500 and Scorpio. Reports suggest the company is planning to continue the 1.99L engines.
The Supreme Court imposed ban on sales and registration of 2000 cc and larger diesel engines in Delhi-NCR in December, 2015. For nearly nine months, the ban stayed leaving the auto manufacturers losing around Rs. 4000 crore. Mahindra & Mahindra is one of the affected automakers alongside the Mercedes Benz, Tata Motors, Ford etc.
The Mahindra being heavily dependent on diesel engines couldn’t afford to introduce petrol engines to save itself from diesel ban. Instead the company decided to introduce smaller mHawk diesel engines, which won’t come under the ban. Both the Mahindra Scorpio and the XV500 has quite a strong base in the region. Mahindra & Mahindra’s Executive Director Pawan Goenka says, the final judgement being unknown, the automaker doesn’t want to take risk of revoking the 1.99 litre mHawk engine.
Incidentally, the Supreme Court’s lifting ban over the 2000 cc and larger diesel engines was an interim judgement from the apex court. Also, as the customers are okay with the smaller 1.99 litre engine in place of 2.2 litre engines, Mahindra wants to continue with the smaller unit as of now.
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Mr. Pawan Goenka didn’t reveal how long the company will continue with the 1.99 litre engine though, but it could be the possibility, that after the final judgement comes from the Apex court, it would change the policy accordingly. Though Supreme Court lifted the ban over the sales and registration of 2000 cc and larger diesel engines in Delhi-NCR, but an 1% environment cess has been imposed on the larger diesel engine powered cars.