Known primarily as a diesel engined utility vehicle maker in India, Mahindra will change tack in 2015, the year that the Indian automaker will introduce petrol powered SUVs to buying masses. The first Mahindra SUV to use petrol power in the automaker’s petrol car market comeback will be the S101 code-named Micro SUV.
The S101 will feature a 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol motor that Mahindra has developed in association with South Korean SUV maker Ssangyong. The Mahindra-Ssangyong partnership for the new engine line has also spawned a 1.6 liter-4 cylinder petrol motor, which will be used in SUVs larger than the S101.
The 1.6 liter petrol motor is likely to be offered on the U301 Bolero and the S102 codenamed compact SUV, which is said to be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli (X100). The other petrol engine that Mahindra has in its line up is the turbocharged, 2.2 liter-4 cylinder motor, a derivative of the mHawk turbo diesel engine.
The 2.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine could find its way into the likes of the Scorpio and the XUV500. Notably, this engine that makes 156 Bhp-280 Nm is already on offer in the export-spec Scorpio SUV. Starting from 2015, the Mahindra XUV500 headed to the export market will use the same engine.
In a nutshell, Mahindra will play host to 3 petrol engines for the Indian car market, in the near future. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder, the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder and the 2.2 liter-4 cylinder motors are the three petrol engines that will be found in different Mahindra utility vehicles.
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The 2.2 liter motor will be used for both longitudinal and transverse engine mountings while the 1.2 liter and 1.6 liter motors are expected to be used only for transverse mountings. With the petrol-diesel price differential in India hitting all-time lows, Mahindra’s push towards petrol engines seems like a proverbial “stitch in time”.