British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has introduced the petrol powered version of its competent SUV, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, in the country today.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport petrol will be available in the HSE trim and will cost Rs. 56.50 lacs ex-showroom, Delhi. The petrol Discovery Sport will be powered by a 2.0-liter unit, developing a peak power of 237 BHP, enough to haul the mammoth SUV, both on and off the roads.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport has been on sale in India since September 2015 and is powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine, producing 148 BHP of power and 400 Nm of peak torque. The car comes with a 5+2 seating layout.
Rohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said: “We are excited to introduce the petrol derivative of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This will help us broaden the appeal of this fabulous premium versatile SUV for customers who are more inclined towards driving a vehicle with a powerful petrol engine at its heart along with Land Rover’s legendary off-road capability and reliability – a perfect combination of performance, capability and composure. ”
The move to bring in the petrol avatar of the SUV is because of the negative aura surrounding diesel powered SUVs and other luxury cars running on the more polluting fossil fuel in the country. While the Supreme Court has banned the registration of any new car or SUV, having a diesel engine capacity more than 2.0-liter in the national capital of the country, the environment clusters are also curbing such vehicles. Many companies have seen absolutely no sales in New Delhi since December 2015 because of having only diesel offering in their portfolios. These include Toyota, Mercedes and others.
The National Green Tribunal is also analyzing certain critical zones in the country and might impose a similar ban, preventing the high capacity diesel engined cars in these areas. The second measure being taken is the reduction in lifespan of a diesel car to be able to ply on the roads.