Mahindra showcased half a dozen interesting cars and SUVs at the 2016 Auto Expo. Here’s a walkthrough of Mahindra’s pavilion.
XUV500 Aero Concept
The Aero concept based on the Mahindra XUV500 is India’s first homegrown coupe crossover, and it could be greenlit for production as early as June 2016. If given the go-ahead for production, the XUV500 Aero is expected to hit Indian roads in 2018. The vehicle, based on the XUV500, features a coupe crossover body with a four door (one on the right hand side, two on the left hand side and a hatch lid) layout. It uses a 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, in a 210 Bhp state of tune.
Thar Daybreak Edition
The Thar is one of Mahindra’s most customizable vehicles and the Daybreak Edition is a reflection of just that. Riding on chunky 37 inch tyres, the customized off roader screams street presence. Revised front and rear bumpers, a matte gray paint finish for the body, LED headlamps, Rock Sliders, rally seats, roll over bar, a heavy duty electric winch, rear axle Differential Lock, four channel music with navigation equipped infotainment system, low intensity (night vision) rear camera and a 60 inch farm jack are the customized on the Daybreak edition.
The Tivoli is Ssangyong’s latest SUV, and a compact vehicle that could be launched in India sometime next year. In fact, Mahindra has already begun testing this vehicle on Indian roads. The Tivoli sold abroad is offered with 1.6 liter petrol and turbo diesel engines. A four wheel drive layout is offered as an option while a front wheel drive layout is standard on this monocoque bodied compact SUV. When launched in India, the Tivoli will take on the likes of the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta.
TUV300 Endurance Edition
A big recent success for Mahindra, the TUV300 got a custom kit for the Auto Expo. Dubbed the Endurance Edition, the customized version of the TUV300 was finished in a matte brown paint shade. The exteriors of the vehicle featured a body kit comprising of a front bumper insert, a grille overlay, door cladding, sill skirt, beefed up wheel arches, rear bumper insert and 17 inch alloy wheels with oversize tyres. The vehicle’s interiors has also received a makeover with lounge seating.
Mahindra showed a sporty version of its only electric car on sale, the E20. Called the E2O Sport, the car featured more performance and a longer range per charge. The E2O Sport features a 107 Bhp (80 KW) electric motor that runs on Lithium Ion batteries. The car also gets a boosted range of 200 Kms, making it much more practical for everyday use. The 0-100 Kph timing is dispatched in 8 seconds while the 0-60 Kph run comes up in just 4 seconds. A CVT automatic gearbox driving the front wheels is standard.
The Verito Electric is a car that Mahindra will soon launch on a pilot basis in India. The car is essentially an electric version of the Verito sedan (originally the Renault Logan whose manufacturing rights were bought out by Mahindra). The entry level C-Segment sedan uses a 41 Bhp electric motor that makes 90 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. The car uses a CVT automatic gearbox. It will be sold in 3 variants – D2, D4 and D6. Expect it to be priced at around the 15 lakh rupee mark.