Mahindra launches 1.99-litre mHawk engine for Delhi and NCR
Leader of the passenger utility vehicle segment in India, Mahindra and Mahindra has been facing troubles selling the Scorpio and XUV500 models in the capital city owing to the newly implemented ban in registration of all diesel cars that have engines more than 2000cc. With sales being highly affected, the company immediately started working on a new engine that will be lesser than 2000cc in capacity for the same aforementioned vehicles.
The Nashik based manufacturer has just announced the introduction of its newly developed 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine in our country. Fitted with the new engine, the Scorpio and XUV500 feature the same amount of power as the previous 2.2-litre mHawk engine, i.e., 120 BHP for Scorpio and 140 BHP for XUV500 respectively. Hence, power figures have not seen a drop as many expected.
The ban in registration of diesel vehicles with engine displacement of 2000cc or above stands for a period of three months. The ban is applicable for the entire National Capital Region (NCR) including the city of Delhi among Gurgaon, Noida, etc. Companies including the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Toyota also faced the brunt of this ban, but only Mahindra has come out with a solution for selling its cars in the same region.
The order from the Supreme Court has played spoilt sport for various Mahindra models such as Bolero, Thar, Scorpio and XUV500. If certain reports are to be believed, then Mahindra is already ready to retail the Scorpio with the new engine as the 1.99-litre unit has reportedly been already approved by the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). Hence, we can expect the model to be available for sale in the near future.
Mahindra and Mahindra’s President & Chief Executive (Automotive), Pravin Shah said that the company started working on developing the engine back in August 2014. He hopes that the Scorpio and XUV500 continue the same sales figures that they were managing earlier because power figures continue to remain the same.