It appears like home-grown UV maker Mahindra and Mahindra has rolled up its sleeves to minimise the effect of diesel car bans in Delhi. If the emerging reports are anything to go by, Mahindra will soon be rolling out a new sub-2litre diesel engine which would power Scorpio and XUV500.
A report of ET Auto, citing sources close to the development, reveals that Mahindra's Scorpio and XUV500 will soon be introduced with a 1.9-litre diesel engine to make it available for the buyers in Delhi. The engine in question is said to be the downsized version of the 2.2-litre mHawk and will first be introduced in Scorpio, followed by XUV500.
The report further also says that a prototype of Scorpio with the new engine under the hood has been approved by the ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and the certification process of XUV500 with the smaller engine is currently in process. The current Scorpio in the market is powered by 2.2-litre m-Hawk engine and the model cannot be sold in NCR as the Supreme Court has put a ban on the diesel cars with a displacement of 2000cc and above in the NCR region to curb the rising pollution.
The new Scorpio with smaller diesel engine will be available across the country and is likely to go on sale immediately. The XUV500 is expected by February 2016.
Meanwhile, Mahindra's new engine family Mfalcon that includes 1.2-litre diesel and petrol engines made its debut on 15 January with the company's new mini-SUV KUV100.