*Updated February 2013
Mahindra is one company that has aggressive plans to launch at least seven vehicles in the next two years, two of which have been launched in the past few months. These include updates to its existing SUVs as well as all-new SUVs and cars. The company so far has had a good run in the market with almost all its products.
CarToq puts together a list of upcoming Mahindra vehicles (two, the Mahindra Quanto and Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton, have since been launched in the past few months) that will be launched in the Indian market up to 2014.
The Mahindra Quanto, is a compact SUV, based on the Xylo platform that was launched in September 2012. Related stories:
The Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton is a luxury SUV launched in October 2012. Read: Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton road test and review
Mahindra E2o (formerly Reva NXR)
The Mahindra E20, formerly called Reva NXR, is an all-electric two-door hatchback car that will be useful for those who want a vehicle only for short distance daily commutes. The car will feature an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries, which give it a normal range of about 120 km on a full-charge. It can get an additional 60 km range on a 1-hour quick charge. The car is comfortable for four passengers and will have air-conditioning and a smart infotainment system that integrates with your mobile phone. Apps on your phone can be used to check on the car’s charging status, remotely turn on air-conditioning or unlock reserve power as needed. Expect the Reva NXR to compete with regular petrol hatchbacks, but with 1/10th the running cost. It will be priced around Rs. 5 lakh. Also see: More spy photos of Reva NXR
Check out this video walkaround of the Reva NXR
Mahindra Verito CS and Hatchback
After recently giving the Mahindra Verito sedan a facelift to make it more contemporary and correct some quirks that existed in the original Verito, Mahindra is working on two more derivatives of the Verito. The first one that is likely to be launched by January is the Mahindra Verito notchback or compact sedan. Mahindra is working on chopping down the boot to bring the Verito under 4-metres in length to qualify as a small car for excise duty sops. This will help Mahindra reduce the price of the car even more and target hatchback buyers, enticing them to upgrade to a sedan. It is likely to be priced starting at about Rs. 5 lakh. Mahindra is also working on a hatchback variant of the Verito that should see a starting price of about Rs. 4.3 lakh. All these are likely to be 1.5-litre diesel engine variants only, as Mahindra does not have a small capacity petrol engine in its portfolio at the moment. Also see: Verito CS spy photos
Mahindra Ssangyong Korando
The Mahindra Ssangyong Korando is a smaller monocoque SUV that will be positioned to slot in between the Mahindra XUV500 and the Ssangyong Rexton. The Korando will come with a 2-litre or 2.2 litre diesel engine developing power of up to 170bhp. It will mainly be offered in front-wheel drive form, but Mahindra may also offer an all-wheel drive variant. The Korando is a five-seater that will compete with the Skoda Yeti. Expect it to be priced at about Rs. 17 lakh when it comes in next year, although there’s no confirmation about its exact launch time frame. Also see: Mahindra Ssangyong Korando photo gallery
Mahindra XUV500 twin-turbo & automatic
Mahindra is working on upgrading the XUV500, even as it struggles to meet current demand for the vehicle. The company is selling all it can produce at just over 4,000 vehicles a month, with an order book running into six-months of deliveries. Mahindra is reportedly working on a twin-turbo version of the XUV500 that will add a lot more power – taking output up to 170bhp. This model may first cater to the export market before Indian customers get it. Mahindra is also working on a six-speed automatic transmission for the XUV500, but the launch of this has been postponed indefinitely due to component sourcing problems. Expect the updated XUV500 to come in the middle of next year, with a price point of about Rs. 15 lakh. Also see: Mahindra XUV500 research hub
New Mahindra Scorpio
The workhorse of the Mahindra portfolio, the Mahindra Scorpio is likely to get a complete makeover – right from the chassis up. An all-new Scorpio (project W105) is in the pipeline, which Mahindra hopes will sort out some of the issues with the current Scorpio, such as the uncertain handling at high speed and better ride comfort. There is no information available on what changes the vehicle will undergo, but it’s most likely to retain the ladder-frame chassis, and get a slightly longer wheelbase, which will improve legroom. It may also shed some weight from body panels to improve fuel economy. Expect the new Scorpio in 2014, to replace the current Scorpio range. Also read: Mahindra confirms new Scorpio for 2014
Mahindra’s 2.2-litre M-Hawk engine will continue to be one of its mainstay power plants, while the new Quanto’s 1.5-litre 100-bhp diesel will slowly start getting into other Mahindra products such as the Bolero and maybe even a Thar derivative. Tell us what you think of the upcoming vehicles from Mahindra.