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Mahindra is planning to discontinue the production of its smallest capacity diesel engine from its lineup. The diesel engine in question is the 1.2-litre unit which powers the KUV100 NXT model in the brand's product lineup.
Mahindra uses the 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 three-cylinder diesel unit which produces 78bhp and 190Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox as standard.
According to ET Auto, the reason for the discontinuation of the 1.2-litre diesel engine is the upcoming BS-VI norms in the country. The engine is available only on the KUV100 model in the market, which isn't a popular product in the Indian market.
The low sales of the KUV100 NXT doesn't justify the high cost of investment required to update the 1.2-litre engine. Hence, Mahindra has decided to discontinue the unit altogether.
Mahindra however will continue to offer its larger diesel engines, which are expected to go through the BS-VI upgrades in the future. The larger diesel engines in the Mahindra lineup include the 1.5-litre, 2.0-litre and the 2.2-litre engines.
Among the larger diesel engines available, the 1.5-litre diesel is the latest entrant to the lineup. The 1.5-litre unit first debuted on the Marazzo MPV and is now powering the XUV300 SUV as well.
Mahindra is the third brand in the Indian market after Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors to announce the discontinuation of diesel engines from its lineup. However, unlike Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki plans to discontinue all its diesel engines and not just a specific unit.
With the diesel variants of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT discontinued, the micro-SUV will continue to be available with just a petrol engine. This is in the form of 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit producing 82bhp and 115Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Thoughts On The Mahindra Diesel Engine Discontinuation
Mahindra is the latest brand in the Indian market to discontinue its diesel engine. Although, the brand will continue to offer the larger displacement diesel units, the KUV100 diesel variants will be discontinued. The Mahindra KUV100 failed to achieve a decent sales in the market and with the low demand, it doesn't make sense for Mahindra to update the engine any further.