Leading carmaker, Mahindra and Mahindra is planning to have petrol variants in its product lineup by 2018. After the Supreme Court's order, registration was banned for diesel vehicles with engines displacing more than 2000cc diesel engine. Due to this ban, the demand for the petrol variants has gone up as customers are in doubt about policies related to diesel. In order to cater to the demand of petrol variants the company is planning to introduce petrol engine in its bigger vehicles XUV500 and Scorpio. The firm had earlier launched the 1.99-L mHawk engine in both its models to beat the ban. The company will now export Scorpios with petrol engine from India.
Pawan Goenka ,Executive Director, Mahindra and Mahindra said, “Any product that we launch from a year after will come with a petrol engine. We are currently working on a 1.5 L petrol engine. So the petrol engines powering the future vehicles will be either of the three: 1.2, 1.5 or 2.0 L.”
In January 2016, Mahindra launched the KUV100 in petrol and diesel variants. After its launch, the demand for the petrol version has gone higher by 50%. The sales data released by SIAM shows that the passenger vehicles demand has decreased by from 44 % to 41 % while petrol variant demand has increased 56 % to 59 %.
Mahindra is planning to develop new generation models with the South Korean-based manufacturer, Ssangyong, especially for the domestic market. The company is also planning to work on hybrid and electric vehicles.