Mahindra XUV500 & Scorpio Get 1.9L mHawk in Delhi
As it has been reported earlier that Mahindra is working on a smaller engine for its flagship SUVs, the updated cars have finally arrived. Mahindra has introduced diesel variants with engine capacity just shy of 2.0-litre for XUV500 and Scorpio. The main reason behind this downsize remains the ban on 2.0 litres or heavier diesel engines in Delhi. Initially, these engine options will only be sold at the National Capital. It is a well thought out move because Mahindra lost the sales of almost their entire SUV lineup as a result of the ban. The list of affected models included Bolero, Thar, Scorpio, XUV500, and Xylo.
These engines are 1,990cc units which belong to Mahindra’s mHawk family. They are rated at 140bhp for XUV500 and 120bhp for Scorpio. No further details have been revealed by Mahindra but, they had started working on these engines in August 2014. On this Delhi diesel ban, Mahindra has some strong reactions. Pawan Goenka, director of Mahindra & Mahindra said, "We do not know why diesel is made to look like a culprit even though the vehicles are meeting stipulated government norm." Mr. Goenka added, "When a product is meeting all the laws of the land, how can there be a ban? There was no consultation with representatives of the auto industry before this kind of a move. We do not know what to do with the cars parked at dealerships and hope there is a clarification on this very soon."
Chairman of the Group Mr. Anand Mahindra too did not approve of the ban. He said “We thrive on challenges and rise above them. We'll surprise everyone with our resilience, just as we have done for decades. At the core of Mahindra's DNA is the unshakeable belief that 'When the going gets tough, Mahindra gets going’. So even if we believe the decision on diesel vehicles isn't optimal, we'll honour it and develop vehicles that comply with their stipulations. I have always believed that the Supreme Court is an institution that sustains our faith in social justice and democracy in India.”
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