Economic Times Auto reported that the Mahindra Z101, fourth generation Mahindra Scorpio is expected to launch in the domestic market in 2020. Also, it will be launched in the international markets. The company’s North American Technical Center (NATC) is working on the future Scorpio, which will be redesigned based on the advanced architecture of the existing model and featured the new design layouts and features.
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The integration and testing of the product to be handled by the Resource & Development centre in Chennai Mahindra Research Valley. A few of the reports stated that the future generation Scorpio to be based on the ladder-frame platform. The new SUV will get the advanced telematics, safety features and exterior styling.
The future generation Scorpio will be offered as an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) and the pickup truck to target the North American Market. Speaking of the engines, it will be offered by the both four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, which will be mated with the either manual or automatic transmissions.
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Some reports recommended that the new Scorpio diesel will be available with the 2.2-litre mHawk engine rated at a 128bhp power and 280Nm torque. The new Scorpio will receive the 4-wheel drive system for the international markets.
It is the second project from Mahindra’s Technical Center in North America and the product will hit the market in 2020.
As per the latest news from Economic Times, Mahindra will continue the 1.99-litre diesel engine SUVs, XUV 500 and Scorpio, in Delhi/NCR after the judgement of the Supreme Court regarding the lifting of heavy diesel vehicle’s registration. The Indian utility vehicle maker has introduced its SUVs with the 1.99-litre engines in the NCR region due to the 2000cc diesel vehicle’s ban initiated in December 2015. At final, the Apex Court has lifted the ban with the one percent of environment cess.
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According to Mahindra’s ED Pawan Goenka, there are two reasons to continue the 1.99-litre diesel engine. First, the buyers will not be restricted to buy only the 1.9-litre engine as we are already offering 2.2-litre engines, so there is no reason to change the engine. The second one is that the announcement of the SC is not the final judgment. As of now, it is an internal judgement so that we will continue until the final judgment of the SC.
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Further, he added that only one percent of environment cess is not going to work in the NCR region as well as make any difference. That means, one percent of green cess will have any impact in the national capital region. Even though, we have to accept it and move on that.
Currently, the best-selling models (XUV 500 and Scorpio) in the SUV segment are available with the 1.99-litre mHawk engine, which is rated at the similar outputs of the 2.2-litre engine. The specifications and features of new Mahindra’s SUVs are similar to the 2.2-litre engine models.
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Apart from this, Mahindra is concentrating on the segment of electric vehicles and announced that it is working on the all-electric SUV, which is coded as Mahindra S107. All electric SUV will hit the market in 2020 with the combination of the new electrical and the popular compact SUV platforms.
Mahindra & Mahindra, the Indian biggest UV maker is planning to introduce the petrol versions of all Mahindra models from 2018. Each and every product will have the petrol variants in the coming years and the company is working on the new petrol engines, according to Pawan Goenka, ED of M&M. As per the reports, Mahindra is developing on the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the 1.2-litre (mFalcon G80) petrol engine is already introduced in the Mahindra KUV 100, new small crossover. Accordingly, the upcoming Mahindra portfolio will be offered with any of three petrol engines, 1.2-litre, 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre.
Currently, the petrol variants have more demand in the Indian market due to the Supreme Court’s order, registration ban of heavy diesel vehicles with the more than 2000cc diesel engine. To catch the increasing demand for petrol cars, the automakers are planning to introduce the petrol powered cars. Mahindra’s best-selling cars, XUV 500 and Scorpio, have been affected in the Delhi and NCR with the SC’s order so that the UV maker has introduced the 1.99-litre mHawk engine in both models.
According to the SIAM report, the contribution of diesel cars declined from 44 percent to 41 percent in the total passenger vehicle sales in this fiscal year, compared to the same period of previous fiscal. While the petrol car’s share is increased to 59 percent in this fiscal from 56 percent in the last fiscal year.
KUV 100 is the first crossover from Mahindra introduced with the diesel and petrol engines in January 2016. Most of the Indian customers opt for the KUV 100 petrol versions as of the affordable price and the several restrictions on diesel vehicles. The carmaker expected that the 40 percent of customers interested to buy the petrol versions, but the result was 50 percent in India.
We expected that the upcoming compact Bolero will get the petrol as well as automatic versions to target the segment brands. Mahindra is considering the new-generation models, which will be developed by the association of SsangYong, for the domestic market. Along with the petrol segment, Mahindra is also concentrating on the category of hybrid and electric vehicles.