Mahindra’s new engine family revealed
Mahindra is readying a new set of engines which will power vehicles from Mahindra and SsangYong. The company made a colossal investment of USD 800 million to develop the new set of engines. Vehicles featuring the new engines will be sold not only in the Indian market, but will also be sold in international markets. The new range of engines will comprise of three primary derivatives which will in-turn have sub-derivatives under them. Mahindra’s new engine line-up will include three petrol and three diesel power plants displacing as low as 1.2 litre to as high as 1.6 litre.
The 1.2 litre engines will feature three cylinders; on the other hand the 1.5 and 1.6 litre engines will use four cylinders. Use of common parts and a common ‘bore centre spacing’ cuts down on the production cost of the engines. Mahindra is working to make these engines meet Euro VI emission standards for making them viable for international markets. Moreover, the engines are being developed by Mahindra and SsangYong, but Mahindra will be on the fore front of this diligent move. Most of the work will be done at the company’s R & D facility located in the suburbs of Chennai.
The first engine from the new engine family to feature in a vehicle was a 1.6 litre, four pot motor housed in the SsangYong Tivoli SUV. The petrol and diesel versions of the high displacement engine were employed in their respective variants. The SUV is available in some of the international markets; however India is yet to get its first vehicle featuring the new engine. If rumours are to be believed, Mahindra’s upcoming KUV100 will come packed with a 1.2 litre, diesel powertrain christened D75. Petrol motor dubbed G80 is composed of an aluminium block with VVT technology, variable oil pump, low friction seals and plastic intake manifold. Power generated by the G80 motor is 81.8 bhp along with 11.73 kgm of torque.
The D75 motor on the other hand features a turbo charger and plastic parts to cut down on the cost. Besides, this engine also comes with an advanced fuel pump, newly developed turbocharger, plastic intake manifold and advanced thermostats. Power and torque output for D75 stands at 76.43 bhp and 19.37 kgm of twisting force. A conventional five-speed transmission will be paired to both the engines. Mahindra may also offer an automated manual transmission in the KUV100 SUV a couple of months after the launch. While the third derivative in the new engine family, a 1.5 litre engine is in the developmental stages.