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Saturday, February 18, 2012

By Manoj Kumawat

For Mahindra Xylo it is 1.5L 3 pot or 1.5L 4 pot is the question and contention for delay

Now that the new Mahindra Xylo is already in with over 50 new features inside and outside, it is the turn of Mahindra Xylo Mini aka Mahindra Xylo Compact MPV aka Mahindra Xylo hatchback to make an appearance. Known in the auto industry as Mini Xylo, the under four meter genie of the Xylo MPV is nearing its launch. However, recent reports suggest an October launch, but the Xylo Mini could make an avatar early than expected as well. The Xylo Mini is expected to be attractively priced at Rs 5 lakh.

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If it is to happen then what is really making the delay. Sources say that it is the 1.5L 3 cylinder diesel engine that is playing the spoilsport. It is not the engine itself but the performance of the engine is said to have failed to impress Mahindra chief Pawan Goenka. Where Goenka wanted the new Mini Xylo to retain the power within the three pot engine does not output the thrust the new Mahindra car should have. The other option that is available for the upcoming Mahindra car is the 1.5L K9K DCi engine. The latter is also powers the Mahindra Verito sedan. The dilemma is of course the point of delay for the Mahindra Xylo Mini launch.

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The Verito engine could win the battle and could kick out the 1.5L three pot out of the bonnet of Xylo as Mahindra can procure the license of using this engine from Renault. It certainly is a strong contender as this DCi diesel engine is one of the best performing and economical engines in Mahindra stable. The 1461cc four pot 65 bhp 160 Nm engine could be finalized as the engine powering the Xylo. However, the turbo lag that is its minus point can be the factor that could desist the SUV maker from putting this engine in Mini Xylo. Above all, the 20 kmpl fuel efficiency of this engine is sure to win over others.

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