Mahindra & Mahindra is jointly developing a range of petrol and diesel engines in collaboration with South Korean SUV maker and acquisition, Ssangyong. No less than seven new engines will be underpinned by the modular engine architecture, which will allow for multiple displacements and power outputs across petrol and diesel fuels.
The first of the modular range of petrol and turbo diesel engines, in 1.6 liter-4 cylinder configuration, will power the upcoming Ssangyong X100 compact crossover, early next year. The Indian market will get triple cylinder petrol and turbo diesel iterations of this engine, with 1.2 liter displacements, next year.
The first Mahindra vehicle to use the modular range of petrol and turbo diesel engines will be the S101 Micro SUV, which is due for a launch in the second half of next year. The sub-4 meter S101 will be Mahindra’s least priced SUV and will be aimed at wresting market share from B-Segment hatchbacks sold in India, where petrol power is making a big comeback.
In this light, the petrol engines that Mahindra has lined up for use in its future crop of compact SUVs is a stitch right in time. The modular engine family will also spawn a 1.5 liter turbo diesel, and 1 liter petrol and diesel engines, taking the total number of engines in this family to 7.
The 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine from the Ssangyong-Mahindra modular engine family could replace the twin turbo, 3 cylinder 1.5 liter diesel engine of the Quanto. The facelifted Quanto and the S102 could be possible recipients of the 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine in 2016 or beyond.
Mahindra’s new range of compact SUVs such as the S101 and the S102 will feature both petrol and turbo diesel engines given the spurt in demand for petrol powered cars in the sub-10 lakh rupees segments. Larger SUVs from Mahindra are expected to stick to turbo diesel power.