Mahindra is strengthening its artillery to ward off the onslaught of vehicles like the Chevrolet Enjoy in the MPV space. It has now fitted the more powerful 2.2-litre MHawk diesel engine in three variants of the Mahindra Xylo in place of the earlier 2.5 litre MEagle engine. This does not come at any additional price increase, which is a good thing – more power, same price.
The 2.2 litre MHawk engine powers the Mahindra Scorpio as well as the Mahindra Xylo E9 variant. It puts out 120 bhp of power and 280 Nm of torque in the Mahindra Xylo (it makes a bit more torque of 290 Nm in the Scorpio). The 2.5 MEagle engine in the Xylo used to put out 112 bhp of power and 260 Nm of torque. The lower variants will still have the 95 bhp M2Di engine. All Xylo variants come with a five-speed manual transmission. Also read: Mahindra Xylo E9 road test and review
The new variants of the Mahindra Xylo are the H4 (earlier called the E4) which comes with this MHawk engine and ABS as an optional feature, then there’s the Mahindra Xylo H8 with ABS as standard and airbags as an option, and the Mahindra Xylo H9 variant, which was earlier called the Mahindra Xylo E9 – and the first variant to get the MHawk engine in it.
The Mahindra Xylo H4 variant is priced at Rs. 8.23 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. The H8 variant is priced at Rs. 9.03 lakh and the top-of-the-line Mahindra Xylo H9 variant is priced at Rs. 10.20 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai. Also read: Which is the most popular MPV among Ertiga, Xylo and Innova?
Why the new MHawk engine in the Xylo?
Mahindra is getting ready for BS-5 emission norms. At present the 2.2 litre MHawk and 2.5 litre MEagle engine are both capable of meeting Bharat Stage 4 emission norms. However, when the next set of norms comes in within the next three years, Mahindra will need to upgrade its engines to meet BS-5 norms. The 2.2 MHawk engine is easily capable of being upgraded to BS-5 norms, but the 2.5 MEagle is not.
The second reason for the engine upgrade in the Mahindra Xylo is to portray it as the most powerful MPV in its class. The Mahindra Xylo, used to put out 112 bhp of power and was reasonably powerful enough. However, it fell behind vehicles like the Tata Sumo Grande, which also has a 2.2 litre engine putting out 118 bhp of power. Now, the Mahindra Xylo can safely make the claim of being the most powerful MPV, even in comparison to the much more expensive Toyota Innova, which puts out only 102 bhp of power.
The other reason is the launch of the Chevrolet Enjoy, which significantly undercuts the Mahindra Xylo on price, but provides equivalent space. However, it has only 77 bhp of power on tap – and that’s something Mahindra will capitalize on, telling buyers that for about Rs. 1 lakh more one can get more power. It’s a different matter that when you look at power-to-weight figures, the lighter Chevrolet Enjoy and heavier Mahindra Xylo are almost similar. Also read: Nissan Evalia versus Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo