Supreme Court's decision to ban registration of all diesel-run SUVs and luxury cars with engine capacity of 2000cc in Delhi has affected a lot of car manufacturers, but the one that is taking the biggest hit is Mahindra and Mahindra.
Most of its volume selling utility vehicles is sold in diesel engines and Delhi is one of the largest markets for the company.
To tackle the unfavourable market situation, the company is planning to sell 2.2-litre petrol engine Scorpio soon, reports Oncars. Earlier on 17 December, Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra & Mahindra said: "We will look at possibility of redesigning engine. We are certainly prepared for all eventualities. We are coming up with a petrol line-up which will be made available over a period of time. This will be our defense over something like this."
Mahindra currently manufacturers Scorpio with 2.2-litre petrol engine in India, which is only for exports. Mahindra has not introduced the model in India owing to the diesel friendly SUV market in the country. The MPFI turbo-petrol engine is capable of generating 140bhp of power and 280Nm of torque. The reports also indicate that the company is mulling over petrol engine for the XUV500, which is also a bread and butter model for the company.
Now that the disparity between diesel and petrol fuel cost is not much, this might be the right time for Mahindra to introduce the petrol engines to its line-up. As a first step, Mahindra already unveiled 1.2-litre mFalcon petrol engine to the KUV100 compact SUV, which is slated to hit the market on 15 January.