We have been constantly informing you about Supreme Court decision on ban of diesel cars above 2000cc in Delhi NCR region. In fact, NGT has also banned these vehicles in Kerala and is planning to impose the ban in 11 more cities of the country. In order to counter the diesel ban, Mahindra is now planning to introduce petrol version of its popular products in the country.
Speaking to ET Auto, Pawan Goenka, Mahindra & Mahindra executive director, confirmed that the company is planning to launch the petrol versions of the Mahindra Scorpio and the Mahindra XUV500 in India this year. He said, “Despite being a diesel player, we had a feeling that a diesel-only approach may not be good enough. Now, we will launch the Scorpio and XUV500 in petrol this year and in future all vehicles will have both options.” Also read: NGT likely to ban diesel cars above 2000cc in 11 more cities
It was speculated that Mahindra will introduce petrol engines in its entire lineup. Currently, the Mahindra KUV100 is the only car from the homegrown automaker equipped with 1.2-litre G80 mFalcon petrol engine. If reports are to be believed, the homegrown UV maker is working on new petrol engine range that includes 1.5L, 1.6L and 2.2L displacements. Most of these engines are developed in collaboration with SsangYong Motor Company. The company has reportedly invested INR 1,000 crore in the development of petrol engines.