Following the Supreme Court’s (SC) order of banning new registrations of passenger diesel vehicles over 2000c in the Delhi NCR region, the Indian SUV major, Mahindra and Mahindra was put in a spot. As the whole of Mahindra’s product portfolio comprises of diesel vehicles over 2000cc, the automaker had to take up efforts to relocate their stock from the capital to other regions; but Mahindra didn’t stop there. The SUV maker reworked their existing mHawk diesel engines and developed them in such a way that it could easily bypass the SC rule.
Mahindra downsized their 2.2L mHawk engine to deliver the same power and torque figures while displacing 1997 cc. Therefore with a very meagre but important margin the new 1.99L engine have successfully tackled the rule. Mahindra has launched the Scorpio and the XUV500 with the 1.99L engines in Delhi. The Scorpio 1.99L will be priced between INR 9.67 Lakhs – INR 12.75 Lakhs and the XUV500 1.99L will bear a price-tag between INR 11.58 Lakhs – INR 15.51 Lakhs. The aforementioned prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The power figures spouted by the 1.99L engine remains exactly the same as the the output of the outgoing 2.2L unit. For the Mahindra Scorpio the new downsized engine is capable of producing 120 bhp of power at 4,000 rpm and a max torque of 280Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm. For the XUV500 the downsized engine produces 140 bhp of power and 330Nm between 1600-2800 rpm. The engine will be strapped with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission only. Also, the new engines will be provided only 2WD trims and not in 4×4 or AWD trims.
Mahindra has been the first and probably the only auto manufacturer in India that has taken steps to tackle the SC ban. The ban on the new registrations of diesel passenger vehicles over 2000cc is effective in the Delhi National Capital region till 31st March 2016.