Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 gets 1.99 litre Diesel Engine
In regard to raising air pollution level in Delhi, in the month of December last year, the Supreme Court, the highest court in India passed a judgement to ban the registration of diesel cars whose engine capacity is more than 2000cc in Delhi (Check the list of banned diesel cars). Because of Supreme court’s ruling, Mahindra’s most selling models like Scorpio and XUV 500 could not be sold in Delhi as the engine capacity of these car is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine which is above the specified norms.
A month after the judgement Mahindra announced that they will be launching a 1.99-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine for their two SUVs (Scorpio and XUV500). Now, the new 1.99 litre engine has been launched which is actually the downsized version of 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The 1.99 litre engine is only for Delhi region, the other cities in the country will continue to get the actual and larger engines.
The new version of Mahindra Scorpio produces 120 bhp of power and 280 Nm of torque, the power output of the car is same as that of the larger engine. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. In the case of Mahindra XUV 500, the car produces 140 bhp of power and 320 Nm of torque. The torque output is gone down by 10 Nm when compared to larger sized engine. XUV500’s engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. As of now. the AWD and an automatic transmission are not available with this downsized engine.
The fuel efficiency figures of down-sized engines has not been announced yet.
The government’s ban on 2000 cc + engine is in effect till March 31. If court decides to continue this decision, Mahindra shall not worry much as it is future prepared.
The price of Scorpio from Mahindra starts at INR 9.67 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to INR 12.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The price of Mahindra XUV 500 starts at INR 11.58 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and goes up to INR 15.51 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi).