Petrol engine lineup to include new 1.2L, 1.5L and 2.0L engines.
Speaking to Autocar India, Dr. Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra and Mahindra has confirmed that all Mahindras launched from 2018 will offer a petrol engine option.
Dr. Goenka was quoted saying:
Any product that we launch from a year after will come with a petrol engine. We are currently working on a 1.5L petrol engine. So the petrol engines powering the future vehicles will be either of the three: 1.2L, 1.5L or 2.0L.
Although the Supreme Court has lifted the ban on registration of diesel vehicles with engine capacity over 2,000 cc in Delhi-NCR, the uncertainty of diesel tech and narrowing price gap of diesel and petrol fuels has contributed to the shift in demand for petrol-powered vehicles.
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Currently, the only Mahindra with a petrol variant is the compact KUV100. It packs an all new 1.2 mFalcon three cylinder petrol engine producing 82 bhp and 115 Nm of torque. Reports suggest that the Mahindra TUV300 and Mahindra NuvoSport will receive the 1.5L petrol engine currently being developed, which is rumored to debut in an all new SUV based on the Ssangyong X100 platform.
[Source: Autocar India]