Report – Mahindra developing Hybrid XUV & Scorpio, Auto Expo showcase likely

Posted on: Dec 5, 2013 - 11:29am IST

According to a report on Economic Times, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on hybrid technology which can be used in vehicles with a manual transmission. The said technology could improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency by about 20 percent.

mahindra scorpio hybrid auto expo
A Mahindra Scorpio Hybrid prototype was shown at the 2008 Delhi Auto Expo.

The newspaper reports that this technology would be carried forward on the top-end variants of the XUV500 and Scorpio. The Indian utility vehicle expert could show something on these lines at the upcoming Auto Expo, which is set to commence for the media on February 5, 2014.

Rajan Wadhera, chief executive, technology and product development, Mahindra, said that the company has partnered with Samsung SDI for development and supply of lithium-ion batteries. Wadhera also said that the brand was “perfecting” this technology and would “deploy it in various platforms and vehicles across the Mahindra range”.

Further, Wadhera confirmed that Mahindra’s hybrid technology would be developed for a manual transmission, as it would be more fuel efficient and adaptable across their range of products. The Scorpio is the only Mahindra product with an automatic transmission presently.

mahindra scorpio micro hybrid
Mahindra’s Micro Hybrid system is basically a stop-start system. There’s nothing hybrid about it.

Other technology partners in this project include Germany’s ZF, and tyremaker Continental.

Currently, the Bolero, Quanto, Xylo and Scorpio come with what the brand calls ‘Micro Hybrid’ technology, which is nothing but a stop-start system. Thus far, Mahindra have sold 400,000 cars with this technology in India.

Keen followers of the Indian auto industry would also remember that Mahindra showed a hybrid variant of the Scorpio at the 2008 Auto Expo. However, this concept (which was actually a prototype) used an automatic transmission and never saw the day of production.

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3 thoughts on “Report – Mahindra developing Hybrid XUV & Scorpio, Auto Expo showcase likely

  1. Hussain says:

    I think it may get good market as they mentioned utility vehicle and 20 % more mileage ,should wait and watch what more mahindra can do with scorpio .And one more thing scorpio looks rough and tough vehicle but it has got many engine problems and customer suffers a lot i have reviewed many of such people makes scorpio a less worthy car .May be this things goes on a positive response .

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  2. jay says:

    I am quite sure it will be mild hybrid only..No Indian company will develop full hybrid, by considering technology, R&D, Time and cost required to develop hybrid..

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    1. Dr. Nayak says:

      They have the technology, it is just a matter of cost! Cost sensitive Indians will never buy such systems, as they provide little return on investment. Only way this type of marginal technological improvements sell, when every one has to follow it due to government regulations.

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