Mahindra recently launched a new ad campaign for its electric vehicle, the E2o. The campaign, titled ‘Driven by Goodness’, was launched to revive the sales of the E20 which seemed to have been gloomy for quite some time now. The automobile manufacturer was hit big-time after the diesel ban that came into effect in Delhi.
Mahindra quickly reacted to the ban on new diesel vehicles with a displacement of 2000cc or more by launching the 1.99 litre diesel engine for the Scorpio and the XUV500. Now, even as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is likely to extend the ban to 11 cities, reports suggest that Mahindra is said to be working on the petrol powered versions of the XUV500 and the Scorpio.
Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M, said that despite being a diesel player they had a feeling that a diesel only approach may not be good enough and hence, the company would now be launching the petrol variants for the Scorpio as well as the XUV500 this year. Future vehicles are also said to come with both options. The petrol engines are likely to be co-developed with Ssangyong, a company that was recently acquired by Mahindra and Mahindra.
Rumours of the petrol powered models from Mahindra have been in circulation since the diesel ban came into effect in the NCR region. A test-mule of the XUV500 petrol was also spotted on one occasion. The company currently offers only one petrol powered model which is a variant of the KUV100. This engine is a 1.2 litre g80 mFalcon petrol engine.
Source: ET Auto