Mahindra is developing an all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine to replace the 2.2-litre diesel engine that powers the Scorpio, XUV500 and TUV300 Plus. According to a new report from Autocar India, the company will offer it in three versions.
While the 2.2-litre diesel engine is a BS-IV compliant unit, the 2.0-litre unit will comply with the BS-VI emissions norms that come into effect on 1 April 2020. Made completely from aluminium, the 2.0-litre unit will weigh 80 kg lower the than the bigger unit it will replace, and that alone should result in a substantial fuel economy improvement.
The most basic version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine will develop 140 hp and 300 Nm of torque, in the next-gen Thar that will go on sale in 2020. The mid-level version will produce a maximum power of 150 hp. Mahindra could offer this version in the next-gen Scorpio. The range-topping version will have a maximum power rating of 185 hp. The next-gen XUV500 will sport this version.
The report says that the all-new 2.0-litre diesel engine developed by Mahindra will power the made-for-India Ford C-SUV that will sit on the next-gen Mahindra XUV500’s platform as well. However, other reports say that Ford is likely to use its Panther 2.0-litre diesel engine it had introduced in 2016. This also makes sense, as then it would be able to replace the Endeavour's Puma-series 2.2- and 3.2-litre engines commonly with this engine and instead of having to upgrade them both to BS-VI. In 2015, when Ford was planning a Toyota Innova rival, it was said that Panther engines will hit the production line in India in 2017.
[Source 1: autocarindia.com]
[Source 2: livemint.com]