After Supreme Courts judgement on banning of sale of diesel cars of engine capacity higher than 2.0L in Delhi for a period of 3 months Mahindra and Mahindra is looking forward to launch a petrol variant of its most selling SUV the Scorpio and XUV500. The ban will be in effect from 1st January, 2016 and will affect all automakers selling diesel cars with 2.0L or higher capacity.
Currently Scorpio is offered with a 2.2 L mHawk engine is a favorite among buyers across all ages. Adhering to the Supreme Courts judgement Mahindra can still sell the TUV300, Quanto and the Verito in New Delhi but cannot sell the SUV which in a high demand, the XUV 500 and the Scoprio. To encounter the ban M&M is looking forward to introduce the Scoprio with a 2.2L petrol engine into the Indian market which is at present exported to many countries.
Speaking about the decision, Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra and Mahindra said, “We are already exporting the 2.2-litre petrol engines on the Scorpio and can introduce them in the Indian car market too. Now, as there hasn’t been much demand for petrol Scorpio and buyers in India do not buy petrol engines for SUVs generally, we didn’t consider it as an option for our market.”
“We will be introducing the new petrol engines on these SUVs, but we cannot be doing it overnight. This will take sometime to do it.”, he further added.
If found feasible Mahindra will get a 2.0-litre petrol engine for the XUV500 and the 2.2-litre petrol engine for the Scorpio. At present, the company is focusing on increasing the production of petrol engines to meet the demands of the Indian car market.
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