Mahindra & Mahindra is among the worst affected carmakers due to the Supreme Court’s ban on registration of diesel cars above or equal 2000cc in Delhi-NCR. To deal with that, the company tried to play smart by launching 1.99-litre diesel-engined versions of the car. But this too couldn’t work in favour of the homegrown automaker due to confusion and negative sentiments around big diesel cars.
Besides the ban, unavailability of petrol cars in Mahindra’s lineup too is another reason behind the negative growth of the company. But that won’t be the case anymore, as the company is planning to introduce petrol versions across its lineup.
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Speaking to Autocar India, Mahindra & Mahindra’s executive director, Pawan Goenka said that any product that the company will launch from a year after will get a petrol engine. He also revealed that the company will is currently working on two new petrol mills – a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre. For people not in the know, the company has already introduced the 1.2-litre mFALCON petrol engine on the KUV100.
Though Mr. Goenka didn’t reveal the product launch strategy, we expect the Scorpio and XUV500 petrol models to come first. These two products can feature the 2.0-litre ,4-cylinder, MPFI petrol mill that’s under development.
Though the Autocar India’s new report claims that Mahindra petrol cars will be rolled out from 2018, a TOI report published earlier this year had claimed that the Scorpio and XUV500 petrol versions would be launched by the end of this fiscal.