Report – Mahindra working on 3- and 4-cylinder petrol engines for future vehicles

Posted on: Oct 3, 2013 - 6:32pm IST

Mahindra have in their portfolio two compact, sub-4m vehicles, the Quanto and the Verito Vibe. What they do not have are small petrol engines powering these cars.

Mahindra Quanto Engine bay
The first engine is learned to be a 1.2L turbocharged unit that will find application on the Mahindra S101 and Ssangyong’s B-Segment SUV.

All that is about to change as the company is working on a new family of petrol engines. Speaking to Autocar India, Dr. Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra & Mahindra, said three and four cylinder engines, are under development, based off the same platform. He said Mahindra petrol engines in the past were compromised as they were based on a diesel engine. The petrol engines that are currently being developed are however all-new, and developed grounds up. He said these engines would be as good as any other equivalent petrol engine from competitors.

Goenka also said that he foresees a slowdown in diesel demand and hence it is necessary to have “strong petrol engine options”. The first petrol engine is believed to be a 1.2-liter three-cylinder unit that would power the upcoming compact crossover which has been codenamed S101. The S101 is unlikely to debut before 2016 however.

In May this year, Mahindra-owned Ssangyong announced that they would also be developing small-sized engines, which would first be seen on their new CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle), a vehicle smaller than the current Korando which would launch in 2015.

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4 thoughts on “Report – Mahindra working on 3- and 4-cylinder petrol engines for future vehicles

  1. D Mitra says:

    Facelifted Actyon – now official:

    I would like to make a note that the facelifted Actyon (which this site has featured articles about a few times in the past – spy shots and the like) has finally made its appearance on Ssangyong Motor’s official site – English version – under the Showroom tab as well as on the “Products Lineup” page.

    This is perhaps not the correct article to post this comment in, but considering this is Ssangyong-related, and the last Actyon-related article was published in August, I am mentioning it here.

  2. Prady says:

    When mahindra develops engine, only one thing excites me – Engine Names!
    What next?


  3. Dr. Nayak says:

    India needs companies like Mahindra to become leader in industrial manufacturing. Unfortunately most of our manufacturing is done by transnational companies with little or no development work done in India. Even Tata being an Indian company, does all of its engine development work for Jaguar and Land-rover in UK. Can you imagine Suzuki or Toyota doing this? When Volvo was taken over by the Chinese company majority of the critical development work was moved to China not only to improve upon their cost structure, but also to gain on intellectual property.
    Exception to this is, contract research done by transnational companies in their dedicated R&D centers in India, to explore the cheap engineering talent. My question is, If GM can develop a state of the art engine for Cadillac in India and Mahindra can do this (at least try to develop a world class engine in India) why Tata has to do it In UK? What are they gaining from it other than high cost and poor quality that the British designs are synonymous with!

    1. Kit_Walker says:

      I whole-heartedly applaud your notion.


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