Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 with 1.99-Litre mHawk Diesel Engine Launched in Delhi-NCR
Mahindra and Mahindra was the biggest Indian manufacturer who got affected by the ban of the Delhi government to curb soaring air pollution in the capital city. The restriction came into effect at the start of January 2016 with diesel vehicles no more than 2,000cc are not allowed to be ridden on the roads of Delhi-NCR.
The best-selling Mahindra Bolero SUV, Scorpio, Getaway, XUV 500, Xylo and Thar are powered by engines more than 2,000cc and thus they have been restricted to run on the Delhi-NCR region with immediate effect since January beginning. This has surely affect the sales figures of the largest SUV manufacturer in the country.
But instead of sitting down and thinking about it, Mahindra has gone into the act and introduced a new engine that would fit well within the rules of the Delhi government. Mahindra has conceded that the new 1.9-litre diesel unit has not been manufactured hastily and vowed to deliver all the performance bits its Sub Utility Vehicles are famous for.
The downsized mHawk 1.99-litre diesel engine will be initially available for the Scorpio and XUV 500 models and the company is most likely to expand the diesel mill to other SUVs in its stable as other big crowded cities could soon introduce stringent pollution norms that would hamper sales big time for Mahindra.
The stroke of the diesel engine has been reduced resulting in 1.99-litre powertrain as opposed to the 2,200cc unit. The new power unit has been under the radar for nearly two years as Mahindra has been developing it since August 2014.
The new unit maintains the same power figure with the latest generation Scorpio developing 120 PS of maximum power out and the XUV 500 pumping out 140 PS of power. The torque figures have not been divulged by Mahindra as does the difference in prices in which they will be sold in comparison to the banned 2.2-litre equipped diesel engines.