Concept cars have a way of titillating, of raising hopes, of setting off dreams and then, when the car actually makes it to production, they are often only vague resemblances of what was displayed as a concept.
Mahindra has showcased quite a few concepts in the past couple of years, ever since it bought out Ssangyong as well. The design language and the aesthetics in some of its concepts make one wish these cars were real. Yet, it does not always disappoint. Here’s a look at five Mahindra Concepts, a couple of which are on their way to a showroom near you.
The Mahindra Komodo was the creation of a design student, Makrand Patil, at IED Turin a design school in Italy. The vehicle looks like it could give the Lamborghini Urus a run for its money. Mahindra sponsored the project and what came of it looks like something the carmaker could seriously consider for its future SUVs. However, the Mahindra Komodo is destined to be just a concept for now.
Mahindra is big on motorsports too, especially in the world of Formula E. The Mahindra Halo is a step in the direction of electric sports cars. The Mahindra Halo uses technology from the Mahindra Reva E2O, but is significantly more advanced. It has a claimed top speed of 160 kmph and can go from 0 to 100 in less than 8 seconds, which is pretty good by normal car standards, but not really in sports car league. It will still be a while before this car sees production though. It has a claimed range of 200 km per charge from its lithium-ion battery pack.
Ssangyong XIV (Ssangyong Tivoli)
Here is an example of a concept that made it into full production without losing out too much of the flair it had. The Ssangyong Tivoli that was launched a couple of months ago in South Korea is an evolution of the Ssangyong XIV Air and XIV Adventure concepts that were showcased a year ago. Quite a few of the cuts and curves of the concept remain on the exteriors. The Tivoli is powered by a choice of either a 1.6 litre petrol engine or a 1.6 litre diesel engine.
The Ssangyong X100 concept is one more that would soon see production. It will be positioned just below the Korando in the Ssangyong SUV line up as a five-seater SUV, that would be about the size of a Renault Duster. A lot of inspiration for Mahindra’s upcoming S102 has been based on the X100 concept (and of course the Mahindra XUV500). It will likely get both petrol and diesel engine options (in India as the S102).
This is a one-off, over-the-top concept created by a design student from IED Turin, just like the Mahindra Komodo. But it says something about the inspiration that the Mahindra brand has for these students. The Mahindra Bee concept has a bit of the XUV500’s influence in it and gets its name from the yellow and black combination. It looks at a maximization of space inside with its design. It’s not likely to see production anytime soon, but will definitely give Mahindra’s designers too something to chew on.
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