In the wake of Supreme Court’s recent judgment to ban diesel cars above 2000cc in the national capital region, Mahindra & Mahindra is contemplating downsizing its 2.2-litre diesel engine. The same engine powers both the Mahindra Scorpio and the XUV500 – two of its top-selling models in the Delhi-NCR region.
Speaking to media at Mahindra KUV100’s unveiling last week, Mahindra & Mahindra’s executive director Pawan Goenka confirmed that the company’s engineering team is working on downsizing its 2.2-litre engine. The reason behind this decision is perhaps because of Mahindra’s apprehensions of the Supreme Court’s judgment to remain unchanged even after the trial period ending March 31, 2016.
Currently, the company has a stock of over 1,000 cars, featuring above 2000cc diesel engine, in the national capital region. And the home-grown automaker is planning to move out the existing stock to other parts of the country, and will return the booking amount to all the people who had booked the car prior to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Besides downsizing the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine, the company has also announced the introduction of its new engine family – mFALCON – which will have engines in three capacities – 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre. While the 1.2-litre petrol & diesel engines will power the upcoming Mahindra KUV100, the other two could power some upcoming Mahindra and SsangYonng vehicles.