Snapshot – Mahindra has seven exciting launches up its sleeve for 2015. These launches also include electric cars from the automaker’s Reva Electric portfolio. Mahindra has seen its marketshare being eroded in 2014 and 2015 will be the year when the automaker comes all guns blazing. CarToq gives you a gist on what to look for from Mahindra in 2015, a year that will see the automaker creating all-new segments in the Indian car market.
The Mahindra Reva E2O electric car will get a couple of updates that will make it even more suited to city streets. An electric power steering will be added, along with the Quick2Charge option. While the electric power steering will make the E2O more maneuverable, the Quick2Charge option will allow a 3 Phase charging outlet to get the electric car’s Lithium Ion batteries from empty to full in just an hour. The option will cost 44,500 rupees, with the electric power steering to add a further premium to the car’s price. Mahindra Reva will be betting big on the Indian government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 for a chunky subsidy that could dramatically reduce the price of the E2O.
Verito Electric Sedan
The Verito sedan will get an electric option next year. The car will be aimed at the self drive rentals such as Zoom and Myles from Carzonrent. The car will use Lithium Ion batteries and get a range of 100 kilometers. Top speed will be pegged at 86 Kph while the battery stack will take 6 hours to get fully recharged. The Verito Electric is likely to be priced at a little under 10 lakh rupees, making it quite a pricey deal for family sedan buyers in the country. This is a reason why Mahindra Reva is actively targeting self drive rentals as a potential market for the electric sedan, which is a one of its kind offering in India.
Halo Electric Sportscar
Another one-of-its-kind offering in India will be the Halo electric sportscar. Mahindra Reva is an active participant in the world of electric car racing, with with its ongoing Formula E effort. Track honed technology will arrive onto the street in the form of the Halo sportscar, whose first appearance was at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The two seat sportscar will hit a top speed of 160 Kph while the 0-100 Kph sprint of 8 seconds is the fastest that a Mahindra has even gone. The car will get a 200 kilometer range. With a price tag estimated to be close to the 20 lakh rupee mark, the Halo could well be the most expensive car that Mahindra sells in India.
XUV500 Automatic Facelift
The XUV500 will get a major facelift next year that will not just be a cosmetic affair. Apart from tweaking the looks of the crossover and refining its various aggregates, Mahindra is likely to introduce an automatic transmission on its flagship vehicle. Even more interesting is the prospect of a diesel-hybrid variant of the XUV500, the first such vehicle for the Indian car market. The XUV500 Diesel Hybrid is touted to be over 30 % more fuel efficient than the regular, diesel powered version of the luxury crossover. The XUV500 Facelift is also expected to receive a 2.2 liter turbocharged petrol engine, based on the mHawk turbo diesel motor. The turbocharged petrol motor is likely to make 156 Bhp-280 Nm.
The Scorpio SUV, which got a major facelift months ago, will gain an automatic transmission next year. The automatic transmission equipped Scorpio SUV will offer more choice to buyers of ladder frame chassis SUVs in India. The 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine, in 120 Bhp-280 Nm state of tune is likely to be retained, with the automatic transmission expected to feature 6 speeds. The Scorpio Automatic with a four wheel drive option will sit at the top of the SUV’s line up in India. Expect the Scorpio Automatic to command a price tag of about 14 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.
S101 Micro SUV
Mahindra will create a new segment in India’s SUV market with the introduction of the S101 code-named Micro SUV. The S101 is aimed at knocking the wind of budget hatchbacks in India and an aggressive price tag well under 5 lakh rupees is on the cards. The S101 will feature a 1.2 liter petrol motor developed jointly by Mahindra-Ssangyong while the diesel motor of the SUV is likely to be the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin turbo unit. The S101 will feature a monocoque body and a front wheel drive layout.
U301 Bolero Compact SUV
The Bolero nameplate is expected to receive a suave new variant aimed at younger buyers in the form of the U301 code-named compact SUV. The U301 will retain all the rugged-ness of the Bolero, a trait that has made the SUV much loved in India’s hinterland, replete with a ladder frame chassis. The U301 Bolero will be a sub-4 meter vehicle. So, expect sharp pricing on the back of lower excise duty. The 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine from the Quanto is likely to power the U301 and Mahindra may even serve up a petrol motor.