The recent ban in Delhi and NCR region on diesel engines having displacement of more than 2.0-litres has hit automakers like Mahindra. The Indian manufacturer, in order to mitigate the effect of ban on sales numbers, has launched a new 1.99-litre mHawk diesel engine.
The company stated that the new engine will be doing duty under the hood of the Mahindra Scorpio and Mahindra XUV500. It also maintains that the downsized engine produces the same amount of power as the bigger 2.2-litre turbocharged unit. In the Scorpio, the oil burner will produce 120 hp; this figure goes up to 140 hp in the XUV500. Development on the smaller engine had started well before the ruling of the Supreme Court, in August 2014. Initial units bearing the new engine will commence sales from Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Pravin Shah, president & chief executive (Automotive), Mahindra & Mahindra said, “This new engine is now ready for launch on both the New Generation Scorpio and the New Age XUV500. We do hope that our customers would enjoy driving these vehicles which deliver the performance of our currently on offer 2.2 litre mHawk engines”.