Mahindra-Ssangyong To Develop Petrol Engine And Two New Models

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Mahindra and Mahindra and Ssangyong are set to showcase their synergy that they have been talking about ever since the Indian automaker's acquisition of Ssangyong in 2011.

Mahindra and Ssangyong are working on two models that will help both the firms to enter new segments, geographies and cut development costs.

One of these models is based on the Ssangyong's Tivoli platform and the other one will be the large seven-seater global SUV.

The compact SUV which is based on the X100 or Tivoli will expand Mahindra's reach in the sub-four metre SUV segment in the country.

While the second model will be a straight rival to Toyota Fortuner and will be the flagship model of Mahindra and the Ssangyong version of this model will enter North American market by 2020.

By 2019, Ssangyong will replace its models Rexton, Korando and the Korando pickup truck with next generation variants to meet new regulations.

The SUV specialist is likely to finalise its future mobility plan by end of this year. It will be taking inputs from the electric and hybrid platforms of Mahindra Reva.

Ssangyong Chief Executive Johng-Sik Choi, speaking at the 2016 Paris Motor Show said, "The EV is important not only for Korea but for export markets like Europe where 2019 is not too far off from the emissions deadline point of view."

He added, "Here is where EVs will be critical and solutions like these will come in handy." Ssangyong has already taken steps towards connected vehicles with the help of Tech Mahindra, the IT arm of Mahindra Group.

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