A recent report by Overdrive reveals how the upcoming Mahindra Quanto facelift will look like, and also details regarding the features, the name, and of course, the engine options. Introduced in 2012, the Quanto effectively kickstarted the sub-four-meter SUV segment, but soon had to step aside as new, better rivals made their way to the market. With the upcoming Mahindra Nuvosport – that’s what the Quanto facelift will be called – the company looks to attract customers, both new and old.
The Quanto featured what was basically the front-end lifted straight from the Xylo facelift but in a shorter package. The rear design was abrupt and uninspiring at best. The new Nuvosport, on the other hand, is certainly more distinct. With a large air dam, smaller grille, higher set bonnet, and DRLs placed atop the new headlamps (why, Mahindra?), the Nuvosport appears more aggressive. Appealing? That’s up to your personal liking.
Other than that, the silhouette remains unchanged, but with new alloy wheels and the plastic cladding running along the body, the Nuvosport has a more ruggedness in the design.
The basic dashboard design remains unchanged, which might be a disappointment to those who were expecting the Quanto facelift to feature a TUV300-like interior. It can still seat seven (jump seats for the rear passengers), gets eight-way adjustable driver’s with lumbar support, a segment-first cruise control, and even a touchscreen infotainment unit. Of course, these features are likely to be offered on the topmost trim. And while there’s no word on the safety aspect, it won’t be wrong for Mahindra to offer ABS on the base trim and optional packs to upgrade it to dual airbags etc. Both the Quanto and the TUV have a lot of space, so the Nuvosport isn’t going to feel short-changed in that aspect. However, the spy pictures suggest that the seat back trays are gone.
Power- and drivetrain
It remains to be seen if Mahindra has updated from the less than appreciable body dynamics of the Quanto. Engine options will include the 1.5-liter diesel unit and a new 1.2-liter petrol motor. The former is likely to be the same as the TUV300, which is more efficient but less powerful than the one in the original Quanto.
AWD is unlikely to be offered, although the crossover styling will suit it well, but the company will include an optional AMT gearbox on the Nuvosport. Considering that it’s available on the TUV300 already, it won’t be a big task for the company to offer it here as well.
Launch date and price
The Mahindra Nuvosport is expected to be launched in the third week of March, mentions the report. It also suggests that prices are going to be in the Rs 5.5-8.5 lakh range, but keeping in mind that the Quanto retails for Rs 6.78 lakh onwards and the TUV300 for Rs 7.11 lakh onwards, we’re slightly skeptical of that.