The 77 BHP 1.2-litre diesel engine in the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is likely to join the small capacity diesel units that will be phased out in India ahead of the arrival of the BSVI norms
Quite clearly, the auto manufacturers in India are working full capacity to upgrade their current engine lineups to comply with the forthcoming tougher BSVI emission norms which are set to come into effect on April 1, 2020. However, the total costs for upgrading the BSVI non-compliant engines to the BSVI compliance are exponentially high, especially for the small-capacity diesel units. Unfortunately, it truly becomes a hard-solving problem for India’s largest passenger UV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd which currently relies massively on diesel engines in its expansive portfolio.
Along with Maruti Suzuki and Tata, Mahindra will be another carmaker to discontinue the small diesel motors from the lineup prior to the BSVI's rollout.
Although the higher capacity diesel motors will not be heavily affected, the smaller oil burners which are, in truth, mostly powering the cost-effective models in Mahindra’s products range will command a considerable premium in the costs of upgrading. As a result, the automaker has to reflect on discontinuing the unviable diesel motors from the production line.
The 1.2-litre diesel engine on the KUV100 NXT will be shown at the exit doors in the coming time.
According to a recent report, the 1.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine on the Mahindra KUV100 NXT which can put out 77 BHP of max power at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 1,750- 2,250 rpm is also on the way out. This mill is claimed to deliver the fuel mileage of 25.32 kmpl and sits under the hood of the KUV100 NXT only. During the course of the annual financial result announcement, Mahindra’s Managing Director, Pawan Goenka revealed that the 1.5-litre capacity diesel engines and above would be continued on sale but their future is still under the dark cloud.
Soon enough, Mahindra will introduce a 2.0-litre diesel burner in its vehicles range and it will come to churn out different figures of power and torque as well as more fuel efficiency. Even this kind of engine will come taking up space of the 2.2-litre mHawk diesel motor in the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio and is expected to produce 160 HP and 320 Nm torque.
In the near future, the home-grown auto major will shift to cater the demands of petrol engines if they reach the peak popularity that should be, as per Mr Goenka’s words, the only way that the market moves.