Snapshot – Mahindra has lined up three new facelifted SUVs that will all be launched in quick succession to help the Indian utility vehicle giant ride out the slump it has been stuck for over a year now. These facelifted vehicles will be in addition to the two, all-new SUVs that the automaker will launch later this year, in the form of the S101 and U301 Bolero codenamed models. The next 3 months are expected to witness the launch of the facelifted Mahindra SUVs. Here’s a quick wrap.
Spyshots of an uncamouflaged, facelifted XUV500 crossover have already hit the interweb, suggesting that the launch is just around the corner. The facelifted version features a new front fascia while alloy wheels with a revised design make for the changes on the flanks. At the rear, things remain unchanged. The crossover is likely to continue using a 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor with 140 Bhp-330 Nm outputs, while an automatic gearbox could be the major new mechanical change. The 6 speed manual, with front wheel drive and all wheel drive layouts is expected to be retained. The interiors of the flagship Mahindra crossover are likely to receive new features.
Much derided for its poor quality interiors, the Mahindra Thar will get a mid life makeover shortly. The facelifted off roader could borrow much of the interiors from the Bolero, with revised instrumentation and a new steering wheel to boot. The 2.5 liter CRDe turbo diesel motor with 105 Bhp-247 Nm on tap will continue to power this off roader, while a 5 speed manual transmission with a four wheel drive transfer case will also be standard fare. The canopy design of the Thar will change in the facelifted model while the fenders are likely to grow in size. Mahindra could also make a few mechanical changes aimed at improving usability and performance of this iconic SUV.
Quanto AMT + Facelift
The Mahindra Quanto will soon receive a facelift, and along with it an automated manual transmission. The Quanto AMT will be the first Mahindra passenger vehicle to be equipped thus. The AMT unit on the Quanto could feature economy and regular modes. While the compact SUV will retain a sub-4 meter footprint and a turbo diesel engine that powers the Quanto’s rear wheels, suspension is expected to get a major once over, in the same mould as that on the Xylo. Better ride quality and improved handling are two aspects that the Quanto Facelift is likely to come with. In terms of design, a refresh is on the cards too.