India's automaker Mahindra is set to revolutionize its entire range by offering petrol engines with all of its models in 2018.
The switch to offering petrol options has been on the cards for a while now but it has been sped up by the recent ban on large diesel engines in the Delhi NCR region.
Pawan Goenka, executive director, M&M said, "Any product that we launch from a year after will come with a petrol engine. We are currently working on a 1.5-litre petrol engine. As a result, all our future vehicles will be equipped with either a 1.2-, 1.5- or 2.0-litre engine. After we launch the 1.5-litre engine, we would be as good as any other competitor with a petrol offering in India."
Goenka also revealed that Mahindra is already working on a petrol powered variant of the XUV500, with a petrol powered Scorpio set to follow in its footsteps soon after in the early part of 2017-18.
Another reason for the shift towards petrol engines was the response towards the petrol-powered KUV1OO, which was launched in January. Almost half of the customers opted for the petrol KUV1OO, 10 percent more than Mahindra's expectations.
Mahindra's move towards petrol engines is a very savvy move and comes at the right time as India's attitude towards diesel seems to be going from bad to worse with every passing day.
Via - Autocar Professional