Snapshot – Mahindra & Mahindra is going slow on all-new product launches but that status is only until 2015, when a slew of all0new Mahindra SUVs and MUVs are expected to arrive. Until then, facelifts and variants will rule the roost for Mahindra. CarToq gives you a gist on what to expect from Mahindra, from now until the end of 2015.
Currently one of the most spotted test mule, the Mahindra Scorpio Facelift is due for a launch shortly. The facelifted version will retain the ladder frame chassis and the 2.2 liter mHawk turbo diesel engine while the looks and interiors gets a thorough once over. The facelifted Scorpio will do duty until an all-new model arrives in two years’ time. So, Mahindra will give the Scorpio facelift enough new features and a design that’s revised enough to sustain one of India’s best selling SUVs for the next couple of years. Expect the Scorpio Facelift to be launched in the next few months.
At the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, Mahindra showcased the Quanto sub-4 meter compact SUV equipped with an 5 speed automated manual transmission developed by English engineering major Ricardo. The AMT equipped Quanto will be launched in the second half of the year. If successful, the AMT of the Quanto will be adapted into various other Mahindra SUVs and MUVs. The Quanto is a dud seller for Mahindra and the addition of the AMT option is the automaker’s latest move to lift up sales.
Mahindra showcased the Ssangyong Rexton SUV with a new, 2 liter turbo diesel engine (151 Bhp-360 Nm) at this year’s Auto Expo. The new engine will replace the 2.7 liter-5 cylinder Mercedes Benz sourced motor, that isn’t winning too many customers for its not-so-great fuel efficiency. The 2 liter diesel motor that replaces the larger engine will be more fuel efficient, attracting a new set of luxury SUV buyers towards the Rexton, which will also get a two wheel drive layout with an eye on fuel economy. Expect the Rexton with the 2 liter Xdi-200 diesel engine to make its debut by the end of the year.
Facelifted XUV500 Automatic
While Mahindra has equipped the XUV500 sold in Algeria with a 6 speed automatic torque converter gearbox presumably shared with the Scorpio, the automaker is likely to equip the India-spec facelifted version of the XUV500 crossover with a new 6 speed gearbox that it is jointly developing with its South Korean SUV making acquisition, Ssangyong. The XUV500 Facelift will share this gearbox with the Ssangyong X100. The crossover’s mid life facelift is likely to add more refinements and styling changes too. The facelifted XUV500 Automatic will make its Indian debut during 2015.
Although Mahindra Reva is said to be ready to launch the Verito Electric in India by the end of this year, the launch largely depends on the direction that the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 will take. Mahindra Reva will only launch the Verito Electric if the Indian government offers a sizeable subsidy for electric vehicles under the NEMMP as doing so otherwise would result in a steep price tag, and consequently no takers, for the Verito Electric. The Verito Electric will be powered by a 40 Bhp electric motor running on lithium ion batteries, good for a 100 kilometer range and 86 Kph top speed.
S101 Compact SUV
Mahindra has been extensively testing the S101 compact SUV, which is being developed in association with Ssangyong. The S101 will be one of the least priced SUVs sold by Mahindra in India, what with the automaker aiming to make inroads with the B-Segment hatchback space with the S101. A sub-6 lakh rupee price tag, an innovative 3+3 seating layout, a sub-4 meter length and the 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine borrowed from the Quanto will be the various selling points of the S101 compact SUV. A petrol engine, developed jointly by Mahindra and Ssangyong, is also expected to be offered on the S101. The new compact SUV is likely to be launched in 2015.
All-new U301 Bolero
Mahindra has begun testing the all-new U301 codenamed Bolero MUV. The next-generation version of the MUV will retain a ladder frame chassis but will be lighter than the outgoing model due to the chassis undergoing hydroforming. The U301 Bolero is tipped to get the Quanto’s 1.5 liter twin turbo diesel engine. Promising more fuel efficiency and revised styling, the U301 Bolero is likely to duck under the 4 meter length mark for excise duty benefits. The MUV’s price positioning isn’t expected to change while fuel efficiency will see an upward revision.