After the Supreme Court’s ban on registrations of new diesel vehicles with large engines over 2,000 cc in Delhi-NCR, Mahindra is thinking over to introduce the petrol versions of its largest selling on slot products the Mahindra XUV500 and the Mahindra Scorpio. In order to this short-term impact , the company is working over to relocate the inventory of nearly 1,000 units of the XUV 500 and the Scorpio to other regions from NCR dealerships.
Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra and Mahindra has said, “We are working to see what we can do with the vehicles that are otherwise banned. We will examine redesign to come below the two-litre limit.” In regards of selling its flagship model, the XUV500, Mahindra must reduce the engine capacity currently of around 2.2-litre to under 2-litre. “We are concerned about the inventory with dealers, which is in the order of Rs 100 crore. We do not have a solution for that yet. Dealers are unduly coming under pressure,” he added.
Mahindra already has a petrol variant of the Scorpio, which is powered by a 2.2-litre engine, but this variant is exported due to lack of demand of the petrol variant in its segment in the country. Reportedly, the company claims not to introduce petrol variants of the XUV500 and the Scorpio in the NCR without evaluating customer feedback on the same. It was also unveiled that the Mahindra’s R&D division is working over the options to reduce the displacement of the existing over-2,000 cc engines to exactly 2,000 cc or less.
Mahindra already has a petrol model of the Scorpio, which is powered by a 2.2-litre engine, but it is only exported due to general lack of demand for petrol vehicles in its segment in India. Dr. Goenka mentioned that the company would not introduce petrol variants of the XUV500 and the Scorpio in the NCR without evaluating customer feedback on the same.
For now, the dealerships are reported to be suggesting their customers who have booked the large SUVs to opt for the Mahindra TUV300 instead.