Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra and its Korean Partner, Ssangyong will develop an all new engine jointly to be used in both the brands future models. The engine will spawn a family of three and four cylinder engines in both, diesel and petrol variants. The engine is scheduled to hit the manufacturing plant in 2015.
Ssangyong will use one of the engines, a small 1.2 litre 3-pot petrol engine in the X100 SUV to be launched next year. Mahindra will use the same engine in its (codenamed) S101 Urban SUV to be unveiled in 2016.
In case of Mahindra, it has always been a very diesel favorable company and it flourished as the Indian market favors diesel as a fuel too. But the company would be in difficulty should any change take place in that trend, hence this move to make the model portfolio strong.
Ever since M&M took over Ssangyong, its sales have been gradually rising. Last year alone Ssangyong sold over 35,000 cars in Russia and the company believes China will soon overtake Russia in terms of sale. These two factors have resulted in Ssangyong expecting its first annual profit this fiscal. So M&M is doing to Ssangyong what Tata did with Jaguar-Land Rover.
Another great news coming from the Ssangyong stable is the unveiling of the XLV (Xciting Lifestyle Vehicle) hybrid concept next year. For a company that made the hideous Rodius, the XLV sure is a stunner.
The XLV will feature a 1.6 litre diesel engine paired to an electric motor to boost fuel efficiency and make the green warriors happy. The XLV to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month will be a 7-seat vehicle with a 2+2+2+1 configuration. Ssangyong has somehow managed to squeeze in the +1 seat between the second and the third rows.
Ssangyong will also make a 5-seat version of the XLV to go against the Ford Ecosport and the Renault duster. The 7-seat XLV has the following dimensions:
4,430mm x 1,845mm x 1,600mm (LxWxH) and a wheelbase of 2,600 mm
and has been developed on a new platform designed with help from parent company Mahindra and Mahindra. Both models will be production ready by 2015.
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