With a lot of debate on the diesel ban in Delhi and recently in Kerala, car manufacturers are finding ways to sell cars which do not come under the ambit of the diesel ban.
Mahindra & Mahindra are icons in producing larger diesel cars through their SUVs, and to overcome the ban; which is now expected to be extended to 11 more cities, they are looking at innovative ways to beat the ban.
Pawan Goenka, M&M executive director, said, "Despite being a diesel player, we had a feeling that a diesel-only approach may not be good enough. Now, we will launch the Scorpio and XUV500 in petrol this year and in future, all vehicles will have both options ."
Until the Mahindra KUV100, the car manufacturer has always been a producer of diesel cars, in the KUV100, they introduced the petrol model in their lineup of vehicles. Seeing that there is a good amount of interest in the petrol version of the Mahindra vehicles, they will debut the petrol models of XUV5OO and Scorpio.
M&M petrol engine is from the mFALCON family which also comes in the diesel engine as well. Mahindra wants to evolve from the only diesel engine vehicles to both petrol and diesel powertrains.
This will help Mahindra consolidate their market cap in states where diesel cars above 2000cc are prohibited from registration and reduce dependency on diesel vehicles to drive their sales.
Currently, the XUV5OO and the Scorpio are powered by 2.2-litre diesel engine, post the diesel ban in Delhi, Mahindra launched 1.9-litre diesel engine on both the model to counter the ban, this is available only in Delhi.