Mahindra is set to introduce a new petrol engine for the KUV100.
The upcoming BS6 norms have made many manufacturers discontinue diesel engines as it would be a financially draining task for them. Adding to the list, Mahindra is now set to discontinue the diesel engine that is on offer with the KUV100 and will not update that oil burner to comply with the BS6 norms.
Mahindra has already invested more than Rs. 10,000 crores to develop vehicles to comply with the stricter emission norms and will not invest more to develop the 1.2-litre diesel engine. It is currently powered by a 1.2-litre mFALCON G80 petrol engine. This engine develops 82 BHP and 155 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Mahindra is developing a new petrol engine in collaboration with SsangYong as the market is shifting to petrol powered vehicles due to the insignificance of the price difference between diesel and petrol. The petrol engine will be introduced in the festive period of 2019 while the BS6 compliant engines will be in the market by the final quarter of the FY.
The Indian manufacturer is also set to launch a fully electric version of the KUV100 called the e-KUV100 that was displayed at the 2018 Auto Expo. The KUV100 will continue to be sold with the petrol engine and will be upgraded to the BS6 emission standards before the deadline date.
Mahindra KUV100 Diesel Engine
– The diesel-powered KUV100 will be offered at dealerships till stocks last
– Mahindra will not invest more money to update the oil burner to comply with the BS6 norms
– Mahindra is co-developing a new petrol engine along with SsangYong
Source – FinancialExpress.com