Mahindra is gearing up to launch several new products in the coming months. The launches include SUVs, an electric car and a facelift of an existing car. Here’s a CarToq ready reckoner about Mahindra launches in the next few months.
“We will launch four-five more by March (2012). What we have talked about includes the new SUV, Verito facelift and under-4 meter Verito, the NXR electric vehicle, the Ssangyong product,” Pawan Goenka, president of automotive sector, Mahindra & Mahindra was quoted as saying, by BSMotoring.
Here is the list of vehicles that Mahindra will likely launch in the next couple of months.
World SUV (W201)
Expected Launch: September 2011
Mahindra’s World SUV (code named: W201) is a much awaited product from Mahindra’s stables. Based on various spy shots, we can safely say that the W201 is going to be the largest SUV (in terms of dimensions) that Mahindra has ever launched. It is expected to launch in last week of September.
The World SUV is built on a monocoque platform (construction technique that supports structural load) and will likely feature a typical seven slat Mahindra grille; day-time running LED lamps below the headlamps and integrated turn indicators on the rear view mirrors. The interiors of the W201 are expected to have three rows of seats with adequate head, leg and shoulder room for 7 adults.
The W201 will likely sport a 2.2 litre m-Hawk engine that will produce 138 bhp of max power and will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The four-wheel drive version of the upcoming SUV will get Borg-Warner on-demand 4×4 system.
Price and Competition
Price of the W201 is expected to be around Rs. 11.50 lakh for the base version and may go up to Rs. 14 lakh for the top-end variant. The SUV will compete with the Tata Aria (Rs.13.2 lakh), Skoda Yeti (Rs.15.3 lakh) and Ford Endeavour (Rs. 16.9 lakh).
Expected Launch: November 2011
The Verito is a spacious five-seater sedan. However, the car’s looks are too insipid and underplay its true potential. Mahindra would address the styling of Verito when it launches the new face-lifted model. Expect the facelift to be minimal, as the company must ideally look to sell the face-lifted model in the same price range as the present model.
The face-lifted Verito will likely be powered by the same engines that power the outgoing Verito. Presently, the Verito petrol is powered by a 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder, eight-valve Renault engine that produces 75 bhp of power and 110 Nm of torque. The Verito diesel is powered by 1.5 litre dCI engine churning out 65 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. As per ARAI ratings, the Verito diesel has a fuel economy of 21.03 km/litre
Price and Competition
The face-lift version of Verito could be priced similar to the present model which ranges between Rs. 4.85 lakh and Rs. 6.62 lakh. The new Verito will compete with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Toyota Etios, Tata Manza and Ford Fiesta Classic. The Verito face-lift is expected to be launch in November.
Verito compact sedan
Expected Launch: November-December 2011
Mahindra will launch a shortened version of the Verito, a sub-4 meter car that saves on excise duty. It has to be noted that cars with a sub-4 meter length are taxed only 10% while those above 4-meters attract 22% excise duty.
Mahindra’s Verito compact sedan will likely be powered by two engines: a 1.2 litre petrol motor and a 1.5 litre diesel motor that power the current Verito petrol and diesel models respectively. The 1.5 litre diesel engine makes 65 bhp of maximum power and 160 Nm of maximum torque.
In order to keep the price competitive, Mahindra may skip out some convenient features offered on the present Verito.
Price & Competition
It could be priced in the Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh price range. The diesel Verito will feel the heat from the Tata Indigo eCS. The Verito CS will likely be launched during the end of 2011 (Nov-Dec). The car will compete with the like of Tata Indigo eCS and the upcoming Maruti Swift Dzire compact. The Verito Compact sedan is expected to be launched this November alongside the Verito facelift.
Expected Launch: December 2011
The Korando has stylish swept back headlamps, a sporty front grille and diamond shaped fog lamps. It sits on 17 inch wheels and is a premium mini-SUV with 5 seats. The Korando will be a spacious SUV with ample space in both the front and the rear. It will have a unique design which may appeal to those looking for something unique in terms of looks.
It will come with features like steering mounted audio controls, multi-information display, traction control, power door locks with auto locking and cruise control etc.
The Korando is a soft-roader and will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that makes 173 bhp of max power and is expected to return a high mileage of 16 kmpl despite being powerful. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The top-end Korando will have four-wheel drive and the entry variants will get two-wheel drive layout.
Price and Competition
The Ssangyong Korando will lock horns with the Skoda Yeti (Rs. 15.3 lakh), Chevrolet Captiva (Rs. 17.9 lakh), and Ford Endeavour (Rs. 16.9 lakh) and could be priced at around Rs. 16 lakh. The Korando will mark Ssanyong’s entry into India and will likely be launched by the end of 2011. Read more about upcoming car from Mahindra here.
Mahindra Reva NXR
Expected Launch: March 2012
After acquisition of the Reva Electric car company, Mahindra spread the sales and distribution of the Reva 2-seater small car in important cities of India. Now, the company is gearing up to launch the Reva NXR, a four-seater, all-electric car in this fiscal year ending on March 2012.
The Reva NXR looks lot more stylish and up-market when compared with its predecessor, the Reva. Based on the cars photos, one can expect the Reva NXR to be a proper car with 4 adult seats and a boot space too.
The NXR will likely be available with either lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries. The Lithium-ion powered NXR can achieve a top speed of 104 kmph and can accelerate from 0 to 40 kmph in 8 seconds. On a single charge, the Reva NXR will run for 160 km.
The lead-acid powered NXR can achieve a top speed of 80 kmph and can run for 80 km per charge. This variant can be charged using regular house-hold power socket and will take 8 hours to full charge the car’s battery pack.
Price and Competition
Expect Mahindra Reva NXR to be priced around Rs. 6 lakh for the lithium-ion variant. In case, the sales of NXR are quite good, expect other car makers such as Tata Motors and Chevrolet to launch Nano electric and Beat electric respectively in the coming years. The NXR may be unveiled at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo and could go on sale during the first quarter of 2012.