Mahindra’s 7 BIG car & SUV launches for 2018: Faster XUV500 to all-new MPV

Mahindra and Mahindra is India’s largest UV maker. In 2017, the indigenous manufacturer launched a few facelifted products but in 2018, Mahindra plans to launch a host of all-new vehicles and facelifted version of the current vehicles. Here are they.

KUV100 AMT

Mahindra launched the facelift version of the KUV in India recently. During the launch, they announced that they would soon launch the AMT version of the KUV 100 with both petrol and diesel engine options. It will be the same 5-speed transmission with automatic clutch. The KUV 100 is powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 84Bhp – 114 Nm and 1.2-litre diesel that produces 77 Bhp – 190Nm.

TUV300 Plus

Mahindra is testing the long wheelbase version of the TUV 300, and it will be launched in December. The body-on-ladder frame car will get an extra row of seat, and the vehicle is expected to replace the Xylo from the market.

The TUV 300 Plus is expected to get a 1.5-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine that develops 100 Bhp – 240 Nm. The new vehicle will take on the likes of Renault Lodgy and Maruti Ertiga in the market.

KUV Electric

Mahindra is working to electrify the KUV 100 and announced that by next year, the car will be ready for launch. There is no information about the car’s powertrain and other details but the car is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo.

S201 (5-Seater)

The Tivoli will not be launched in India. Instead, an SUV based on the Tivoli premium compact SUV will be launched to take on likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport in the market. The heavily modified version of the Tivoli will get a monocoque body. It will be powered by 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol that is currently being developed by Mahindra and SsangYong and a new 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine.

XUV 500

Render of upcoming XUV

The XUV received a minor facelift in 2015, which saw the lights, bumper and the interiors change a little. Now it has been confirmed that an all-new XUV500 is in works. This one is expected to come in early 2018.The main highlight of the vehicle will have to be the updated engine. Currently, Mahindra uses a 2.2 litre or 1.99-liter mHawk engine that produces 140 Bhp and 330 Nm and a 2.2-litre petrol engine that produces 140 Bhp – 320 Nm. However, the newer model is expected to produce close to 170 Bhp, giving it a huge bump in power as compared to the existing model.

U321

Render of U321 by IAB

The Mahindra U321 is an upcoming MPV that Mahindra will field against the Toyota Innova in the market. The 7-seater MPV will offer a lot of premium features and a great level of comfort. The MPV has been caught on test multiple times already.

This is the first MPV that is being developed by the manufacturer’s North American development centre in Troy, Michigan. The U321 will be a global MPV that will be available in various markets including India. Details like platform or engine are not known as of now.

Scorpio Getaway

Mahindra’s pickup truck for private buyers, Scorpio Getaway is yet to get the facelift update. The Scorpio Getaway, however, has been caught testing in India numerous times. The new Getaway will get similar front fascia like the Scorpio. The four-seater pickup is expected to get similar features as Scorpio. The same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine will power the vehicle, and it will also get an optional 4X4 system. The new Getaway will rival the Isuzu V-Cross pick up truck.