Mahindra XUV300 Sportz has become the most powerful C-SUV in its segment, courtesy a new turbo-petrol engine. Read all about it here.
Mahindra & Mahindra has showcased three new petrol engines at Auto Expo 2020. These engines are turbocharged gasoline direct-injection aka TGDI engines. Dubbed ‘mStallion’, these petrol engines will be the featured on upcoming Mahindra cars, like the next-gen Scorpio, XUV500 facelift, and the next-gen Mahindra Thar.
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Other than the vehicles mentioned above, there is another Mahindra SUV that will be powered by the new mStallion engines, which is the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz. The said car was also showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo with the new engine, and Mahindra proudly claims that the new XUV300, with 130PS and 230Nm of peak power and torque respectively, is the most powerful sub-4-metre SUV in the segment, a crown previously held by Ford EcoSport with its 1.5-litre petrol engine (123PS/150Nm). Second in line was the Hyundai Venue, with a maximum power/torque output of 120 PS/172 Nm.
Other than the 1.2-litre two ‘mStallion’ engine, there are two more motors in the form of a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol. The former produces a maximum power of 165PS and 280Nm of maximum torque, while the latter is good for 192PS and 380 Nm. These are surprisingly good output figures, and will help make Mahindra cars become segment-leaders in different SUV market spaces. Mahindra claims that these turbocharged petrol engines will provide a fun driving experience to the customers without compromising on usability and fuel-efficiency. Not only that, but the high torque output will also ensure great tractability from the engine, just like what’s expected from diesel cars currently.
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It is interesting to see Mahindra put so much effort into petrol powerplants when the majority of the company’s sale comes from diesel-powered vehicles. It is perhaps in anticipation of the shifting market trends, wherein diesel tech will become too expensive and public will come flooded towards petrol vehicles. Indian small car buyers are currently avoiding diesel-powered small cars, a trend which might slowly affect the entire market