Mahindra and Mahindra is developing an all new family of petrol engines with Ssangyong that will be powering the upcoming cars and SUVs from its stable. The petrol engines will also make their way into Ssangyong crossovers. The new family of petrol motors will get 3 engines between the engine capacities of 1.2 liters and 1.6 liters. The 1.2 liter motor will be a 3 cylinder unit while the the other two engines will be 4 cylinder units.
“We are going to launch a new car called X100 which will have a majority of gasoline engines. We are sourcing it with Mahindra; this new four-cylinder engine will be converted to a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder for the S102 by Mahindra,” is what Yoo Il Lee, SsangYong president and CEO said. The S102 compact crossover from Mahindra, which is based on the X100 crossover, will be slotted above the Quanto as an attractive alternative to the EcoSport.
Diesel prices in India have been increasing over the past year as the government has partially de-regulated diesel prices. Consequently, the gap between petrol and diesel prices has been decreasing. After taking the initial differences in purchase price and long term after sales expenses, petrol cars make more sense than diesel powered ones if the monthly running is a figure southward of 1,000 kilometers.
With new technologies such as turbocharging and direct injection getting infused into petrol motors, they are becoming more and more fuel efficient. If highways are not the roads you’d be hitting regularly, a petrol car makes a lot more sense than a diesel car. Mahindra has recognized this factor and is therefore making the switch from being a purely diesel powered automaker to one that offers petrol engines on its smaller SUVs and crossovers.