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Mahindra’s BSVI diesel engine upgrade plans

Written by Nizam Shaikh

As reported with the petrol engines, Mahindra also plans to upgrade the diesel engine portfolio to meet the BSVI compliance norms. The new stringent emission norms will be enforced from 1st April 2020 and with a large number of engine variants in the diesel portfolio, the brand is planning to work early.

  1. The engine on the commercial vehicle Supro will be upgraded to meet BSVI standards. The light commercial vehicle is available in a 909cc, 2-cylinder, direct injection diesel engine which produces 26 Hp of power and 55 Nm of torque on the mini truck variant and 45 Hp of power and 98 Nm of torque on the maxi truck variant. The engine is expected to be upgraded with turbochargers, but may not receive the more expensive Urea Injection, SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) but is likely to get Lean NOx Trap (LNT) method which is cost effective, to meet BSVI regulations.
  2. The 1,493cc, three-cylinder motor that currently serves the TUV300 and Bolero Power Plus will be upgraded to BSVI standards and is expected to be equipped with DPF (diesel particulate filter). The engines may not get the SCR system.
  3. The 1,461cc engine that powers the Verito sedan will be upgraded to BSVI standards with a DPF system and the 1,497cc engine that powers the XUV300 compact-SUV and Marazzo MPV will be upgraded and is expected to receive an SCR system with a urea tank in the rear. The SCR system reacts with the exhaust gasses and reduces the NOx emissions making the engine conform to BSVI standards. The engine will also be fitted with a DPF (diesel particulate filter).
  4. The engines powering the Scorpio and the XUV500 which is the 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 140 Hp of power and 320 Nm of torque in the Scorpio and 155 Hp of power and 360 Nm of torque in the XUV500 are expected to be fitted with the SCR system and DPF to conform to the BSVI norms.
  5. The engine on the Bolero commercial vehicle range which is the 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will also be upgraded. The engine is currently available in two states of tune a 65Hp/195Nm and a 75Hp/200Nm and has been upgraded since its induction nearly 30 years ago.

It is also speculated that the 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, diesel engine on the KUV100 NXT is likely to be discontinued due to its low sales number.  

Though the prices for the BSVI compliant diesel engines will be higher as compared to the BSIV engines, it is being reported that the price difference will only be marginal.