The Mahindra Mini Xylo has finally got a new name. It’s called the Quanto. This name upholds the Mahindra tradition of naming their vehicles with names ending in ‘O’ such as the Xylo, Bolero, Scorpio, Genio, Maxximo, Gio and XUV500 (five double oh!).
The Mahindra Quanto will be available as a seven seater with two side-folding rear seats, but it is rather cramped for seven. To make it less claustrophobic, Mahindra has provided butterfly type third row quarter glasses that can be opened.
The Quanto is under 4 meters in length and comes with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder common-rail diesel engine which means it qualifies for small car excise duty norms. Mahindra has apparently used a twin-turbo in the Quanto to increase power up to 100 bhp, giving it quite an advantage over some premium hatchbacks in terms of power-to-weight ratio.
The Quanto is likely to compete with premium hatchbacks such as the Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20. Going by how Mahindra has positioned its vehicles in the past, we expect the Quanto to get very aggressive pricing starting from about Rs. 5 lakh to under Rs. 7 lakh. It will also compete with vehicles like the Premier Rio and may even tempt a few who may have been eying the Renault Duster.
Mahindra has tried to spruce up the rear by attaching the spare wheel to the tailgate to give it an SUV-like look. The front of the Quanto has been adapted from the pre-facelift Xylo, and almost looks like the new Mahindra Xylo, except for a slightly different grille and bonnet – a blend of new and old.
Mahindra is also going all out to load the Quanto with features. The top-end variant will come with alloy wheels, steering audio controls, Bluetooth, rear wiper and defogger, ABS and airbags. Mahindra had initially planned to launch the Quanto by summer of 2012, but had delayed the launch as there were plenty of little engineering niggles to be overcome with the engine.
A CarToq community member got an early drive last year with the Quanto while it was undergoing tests as the Mini Xylo and it looks like a lot of what was on the test vehicle has translated to the final product. Read more: Mahindra Quanto first drive
The Quanto is likely to be launched by end September. What do you think of the name Mahindra Quanto?
Photos courtesy: Team-BHP