Mahindra XUV500 and Scorpio 1.99-litre Variants Launched at Rs. 11.58 lakh and Rs. 9.67 lakh
Mahindra & Mahindra were one of the car makers to get severely affected by the Delhi ban on diesel cars with engine size greater than 2000cc. We expected them to do something soon to circumvent the ruling, and they finally have! Mahindra has launched 1.99-litre iterations of its XUV500 and Scorpio SUVs. The ban is also the reason why these cars are only exclusively available in New Delhi markets. The 1.99-litre XUV500 has been launched at Rs. 11.58 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) with the top-of-the-range model being priced at Rs. 15.51 lakh. Mahindra Scorpio with the same mill, in a different state of tune features a price tag of Rs. 9.67 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi) and the top-end trim features a price tag of Rs. 12.75 lakh.
Supreme Court recently issued this ban on diesel cars because of the increasing pollution crisis that is plaguing the nation’s capital. The ban is exclusive to Delhi and seeing how it is a vital market for the automaker, Mahindra instantaneously rolled out its tweaked power plants and outsourced mapping of the same. There are no indications as to whether or not these models will be offered in other parts of the country.
The new 1.99-litre powerplant produces 120bhp of power output and 280Nm of peak torque in the Scorpio and has been tuned to belt-out 140bhp and 320Nm of torque in the XUV500. Mahindra has managed to keep the power figures in close vicinity of the higher displacement unit, hence ensuring that any compromise on the performance front is minimalistic. These unitss are downsized iterations of the company’s 2.2-litre mHawk unit and produces the similar power outputs as compared to its larger sibling.
The engines will come mated to manual transmission options, i.e. a 6-speed gearbox for the XUV500 and a 5-speed unit for Scorpio. One source of disappointment for off-roaders though - Coming to the drive type, both of these cars will only be offered in 2WD drive and not 4X4 or AWD.
However, this isn't the only case, as a few weeks back rumors suggested that Tata was also contemplating the idea of developing a sub-2000cc motor, which will power its flagship SUV, the Safari Storme.
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