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Mahindra KUV100 garners bookings of more than 37,000 units

Indian SUV master Mahindra & Mahindra has been very hopeful about churning out a new hit model in order to boost its sells to ensure its leading position in the highly competitive SUV market of India. While Mahindra has its all time favorite old warhorses like the Bolero and Scorpio among other old models that are still highly popular, the homegrown car major has been very eager to crack the highly popular sub-4 meter SUV market of the country.

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Till quite recently Mahindra & Mahindra did not have any proper models in the highly potential and increasingly populated Indian subcompact SUV segment. However, now the company has three new models – the TUV300, the KUV100 and the latest NuvoSport. While the new TUV300 on which Mahindra betted big has not been able to be create abundant buzz, the smaller KUV100 seems to have done the trick that Mahindra has been hoping for.

The new Mahindra KUV100 which launched in January this year is no less than a revolutionary product from Mahindra’s stable. The KUV100 has created the micro-SUV segment in India and is also Mahindra’s first SUV that comes in both petrol and diesel version powered by Mahindra’s first petrol engine.

The new Mahindra KUV100 seems to have struck the right chord with the Indian car buyers who are on the lookout for a good mix of an SUV and a city car. As per a recent report, the mini SUV has already garnered more than 37,000 bookings till now, ever since its official unveiling in the month of November in 2015.

The Mahindra KUV100 sub-4 meter mini SUV has received overwhelming response ever since the vehicle model was officially unveiling in India and its bookings were commenced. Earlier reports also pointed out that owing to the increasing demands for the new KUV100, the Indian utility vehicle leader is contemplating to boost the production capacity for the KUV100 to 12,000 units from the present production capacity of 9,000 units at its manufacturing facility at Chakan in Maharashtra.

The Mahindra KUV100 grabbed attention and is becoming increasingly popular with its eye-catching sporty looks, compact city-car size, aggressive SUV stance, higher ground clearance, good features and competitive pricing. The new KUV100 has been tagged in the range of Rs. 4.42 lakh to Rs. 6.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune).

The new Mahindra KUV100 micro-SUV model is available for sale in the market in 4 primary trim levels namely – K2, K4, K6 and K8 – and 3 sub-trim models – K2+, K4+ and K6+. The mini SUV model is offered in 7 attractive body color options of flamboyant red, midnight black, pearl white, dazzling silver, designer grey, aquamarine and fiery orange.

The Mahindra KUV100 micro-SUV gets powered by the company’s new mFalcon engine range. The 1.2L mFalcon G80 petrol engine is good to pump out 82 bhp of power and 114 Nm of torque, and the 1.2L mFalcon D75 diesel mill can generate 77 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. Both the motors come fitted to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.

Mahindra prepares the U108 (TUV500) with tens of rivals waiting to fight it out in 2017

Mahindra & Mahindra is working on two major SUVs currently, one is the sub-4 meter Bolero, and the other is an extended version of its TUV300 compact crossover. The larger version of the TUV300 will be something like a crossover between the TUV300 and the XUV500, and is likely to be called the TUV500.

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The new extended version of the TUV300 will be a 7-seater, if it rings a bell, there was speculation about a 7-seater version of the TUV300 before and during the launch of the TUV300. However, back then it was just a rumor but now, Mahindra has officially confirmed the launch of the car in the coming years.

The official name has not been decided yet though. The car is currently codenamed the U108. The car will be based on the same platform that its older and smaller sibling is based on, that is, the hydroformed ladder-framework platform. With the TUV300 running without complaints, Mahindra has decided to base the chassis and the design language of the U108 largely on the TUV300.

The car will look similar to the TUV300, apart from its size. The same box-like shape of the TUV300 will be retained, with some extended curves that might make the car look more like the XUV500. The Company is likely to introduce some unique distinctive features on the new 7-seater to set it apart from both, the TUV300 and the XUV500.

The car will probably get a mHawk diesel engine. Suitable contenders include the 2.2 liter or the 2.0 liter engine that run on the Scorpio and the XUV500. The transmission options will include manual as standard, while AMT will be highly likely, given the number of rivals switching to AMT or adding AMT as an option.

The U108 will include interior features like 2-DIN infotainment system with Bluetooth support and USB and AUX-input connectivity, steering mounted audio system control buttons, electrically adjustable ORVMs, and the now common keyless entry feature. Other conspicuous features will include static bending headlamps, reverse parking sensors, a rear wiper, and large alloys, probably with a unique styling language.

The car is still in the development phase and is likely to be launched sometime in the beginning of next year. Mahindra aims to have the car running in the market by the end of 2017 itself. Once released, the car will aid the XUV500 to battle all its existing rivals. So far, the Hyundai Creta and the new Toyota Innova are outselling the XUV500. But with the TUV500, or whatever it will be called, in the market, Mahindra will be able to capture a more conspicuous share in the segment.

Not to forget, competition will also come from the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which has already recorded whopping booking records. The Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, and Ford EcoSport are among other primary rivals in the segment that are here to stay. The upcoming Honda BR-V, Nissan X-Trail, and Jeep Grand Cherokee are also rivals to look out for.

Upcoming Mahindra Bolero sub-4 meter model gets rendered

Indian utility vehicle major, Mahindra & Mahindra is bracing up for new model launches going ahead in order to expand its product portfolio and boost its sales. Mahindra is also preparing the slashed down version of its super popular old horse – Mahindra Bolero. The Bolero has been around in the Indian car market for well over a decade’s time, but is still the country’s best selling utility vehicle model. The Mahindra Bolero is especially a great popular model in the rural markets of India and with the fleet operators.

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

However, the additional tax which has been implemented on the large sized diesel vehicles is making Mahindra’s life difficult as it is not being able to offer the massively popular Bolero with its usual affordable pricing that has been its pillar of success. Thus, the Indian car has decided to abide by the latest pollution rules of India while also catering to the requirements and demands of its customers. This has resulted in the company’s decision to slash down the Bolero to an under-4 meter compact MUV model that would help it get the excise duty benefits from the government and remain affordable for its wide fan base.

The new Mahindra Bolero’s subcompact version is expected to hit the Indian car market by next year. The sub-4 meter compact version of the Bolero is codenamed as the U108 and will get a slashed rear end to adhere to the sub-4 meter size. Now, while the new design if the small sized Bolero is yet not known for sure, the vehicle has been highly speculated for long and has just got rendered by a prominent auto portal. This rendered image of the new upcoming U108 seems pretty real and also looks really practical.

The rendering of the U108 looks nice and well proportioned and is sure hoped to be followed by Mahindra, as despite the slashing of the stock Bolero’s 4.17 meter length, this subcompact version does not look disproportionate like the other chopped cars in India. The front as well as rear overhangs of the rendered are almost matched. The size reduction has also not robbed off either the great utilitarian aspect or the old-school visual appeal from the Bolero. In fact given the massive popularity of the sub-4 meter SUV models, the small avatar of the Bolero with its small overhangs and great practicality could take the popularity of the vehicle to a new high and find favors with the off-road lovers.

Indian car market is becoming a tough ground for the diesel cars, there has been a recent ban on large diesel engine displacement in Delhi, while additional cess have been implied on the SUVs and larger vehicles. This has made the Bolero less affordable to its wide customer base in the rural markets. Mahindra also plans to power the new U108 with a smaller 1.5 liter diesel mill instead of the current Bolero’s 2.5 liter diesel motor. The U108 will add to Mahindra’s growing sub-4 meter vehicle range that currently has TUV300, the KUV100 and the newly launched NuvoSport.

NuvoSport, the Quanto replacement launched with much better specs

The Mahindra NuvoSport SUV, which is simultaneously the Quanto facelift and the Quanto replacement, has been launched in India on 4th of April at a starting price of INR 7.35 lac. The car is more like a completely new model because it is built on a totally different platform from its predecessor.

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The Quanto was built on the Xylo platform and proved to be a huge failure. There seemed to be no hope for the model, so Mahindra introduced the NuvoSport, which started off as a Quanto facelift, but eventually emerged as a completely new model placed right above the TUV300, replacing the Quanto.

Based on the platform of Mahindra’s longest running success, the Scorpio, the NuvoSport is a compact SUV that will be battling segment leaders like the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, the relatively new but already successful Hyundai Creta, and the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

The sub-4 meter Quanto replacement has been launched in six different variants and ranges from INR 7.35 lac to INR 9.76 lac in ex-showrooms in Delhi. The car gets a ladder frame chassis and is much sturdier than the Ingenio based Xylo or Imperio. The car also looks more like the Scorpio than the Quanto it succeeds.

Not to dismiss the few design cues from the Quanto that are retained in the new model, there are a number of changes that are exclusive to the NuvoSport tag. The upholstery gets new fabric, the color themes of the interiors are different, and there are six exterior paint options.

To compete with the popular compact SUVs of the era, without any drawbacks, the NuvoSport is loaded with safety features like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, reverse parking assistance, and cruise control for the higher trim variants.

The interior features include adjustable seat for the driver, recliners for the second-row seats, lumbar support seats for the front row, drive infosystem, a new designed multifunctional steering wheel, power windows, a new touchscreen infotainment unit, remote key entry, and micro hybrid technology.

The engine of the NuvoSport is an upgraded version of the 1.5 liter 3-cylinder diesel unit carried over from the Quanto. The engine comes with a 2-stage turbocharger. There are two drive modes for the engine, one is the Power mode that offers up to 101PS and 240Nm peak torque. The other is the Economy mode in which the car churns up to 72.6PS power and 180Nm peak torque, but saves on the fuel consumption.

The standard transmission system for all the variants of the car is a 5-speed manual system. AMT is available as an option for two of the higher trim variants. The powertrain uses the RWD system. The car is available in two bold skin colors, namely, Molten Red and Rust Orange. Then there are the two classic colors, Fiery Black, and Diamond White. For more different taste, there is the Regal Blue and Mist Silver.

Developed at Mahindra’s own Research Valley in Chennai, the NuvoSport is expected to sell much better than the Quanto, and help the TUV300 capture a higher share in the segment.

Mahindra NuvoSport subcompact SUV launched in India starting at Rs. 7.35 lakhs

As was scheduled, Indian SUV leader Mahindra & Mahindra has gone ahead launching its new NuvoSport sub-compact SUV model in India on 4th of April. The new Mahindra NuvoSport has been priced starting at Rs. 7.35 lakhs (ex-showroom, Thane).

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The Mahindra NuvoSport is essentially the upgraded Mahindra Quanto SUV which comes with a new front façade and more new updates on the inside and under the hood to correct the flaws of the Quanto and to impress the city dwelling Indian SUV buyers. The NuvoSport is going to be the latest model from the house of Mahindra & Mahindra that is ready to lock its horns with the likes of the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, aside its cousin Mahindra TUV300. Thus, now Mahindra has two models in the sub-4 meter compact SUV market of India, while the sub-4 meter Mahindra KUV100 is pitched as a micro-SUV.

Mahindra & Mahindra decided to overhaul the Quanto and re-launch it with a new name, as the model has been a slow selling one for quite some time. Moreover, the TUV300 subcompact SUV’s launch further damaged the Quanto’s sales. In fact, the Quanto was rumored to be discontinued, but Mahindra decided to retain it in a new avatar which is quite similar to the original.

Here’s a look at the just launched Mahindra NuvoSport:

Mechanical specs

Under the hood, the Mahindra NuvoSport packs in a 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder mHawk diesel motor that has been paired to a 5 speed manual or AMT gearbox. The engine has the capability to churn out 100 bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque.

The NuvoSport offers two drive modes – Power and Economy to suit different drive conditions. The SUV is based on the company’s new generation platform and has been endowed with a comfort suspension system and anti-roll technology to ensure easy handling and comfortable ride.

While the Mahindra TUV300 is posed to be a rough and tough baby SUV, the NuvoSport is placed as a more refined urban SUV aimed at offering an active lifestyle.

Cabin

On the inside, the new NuvoSport comes with a refreshed design while the features a mix of the Quanto and the TUV300.

Most notable new features on the Mahindra NuvoSport is the touchscreen infotainment system along with Bluetooth, cruise control, leather upholstery, dual front airbags and ABS among others. The SUV comes with dual airbags and ABS as optional safety features on the lower variants.

Variants & Colors

The new Mahindra NuvoSport is now available for sale in the Indian car market in three trims and a total six models namely – N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT. Among these, the mid-level and the top trim variants offer the option of an AMT gearbox.

The sub-4 meter SUV comes in six shades: Diamond White, Fiery Black, Regal Blue, Mist Silver, Molten Red and Rust Orange.

Price Range

The new Mahindra NuvoSport’s base model N4 has been tagged at Rs 7.35 lakh which goes up to Rs. 9.76 lakh for the range-topping N8 AMT variant.

Mahindra NuvoSport launched and chrome accessorized version showcased

A highly accessorized version of the Mahindra NuvoSport was showcased during the launch of the model in Mumbai on the 4th of this month. Based on the Scorpio platform, the car will be far more efficient than the Quanto.

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The accessorized version is just the same car with a rich density of chrome highlights. Not to be assumed that this will make the car look tacky, it is good to see the highlights strategically placed to enhance the overall appearance of the car from all angles.

There are thin chrome accents on the vertical slats of the grille, on the air ventilators of the bonnet, and even on the enclosures of the fog lamps. The chrome highlights are also prominent, yet not too in-your-face around the fender blinkers, the door handles, and the wing mirrors, which get new turn indicators. The spare wheel cover too gets its share of the dazzle.

The standard NuvoSport is way more muscular and sharper than the Quanto. The front fascia gets a huge grille in black, and a similarly muscular bumper. The bulky look is complemented with the angular headlamps and LED daytime running lights. The side profile reveals new alloy wheels, side cladding in black, and new ORVMs. The back profile features vertical tail lights, and a new cover for the spare wheel.

Though the SUV targets the younger city dwellers, features that attract the youth, like roof rails, sporty bumpers, and spot lights, were all missing on the launched model of the car. However, there is a chance that these essential features will make their way to the car in a later launch of a new accessory kit. Though, that is just a speculation and not an observation from any rumors.

Based on the Scorpio platform, the NuvoSport is Mahindra’s answer to the failure of the Quanto, which was based on the Ingenio platform of the Xylo. Positioned above the TUV300, the SUV is likely to cannibalize the September 2015 born relative. However, Mahindra claims that studying their customer base, the Company is sure that these two closely positioned models will not eat into each other’s sales potential.

The car that is also being considered to be an aggressively modified facelift of the Quanto, is better classified as a new model that just replaced the Quanto, because with the introduction of this model, the Quanto is discontinued. The car was launched at INR 7.35 lac for the base version, which is close to the top trim version of the Quanto’s launch price, though that was over 3 years back.

Six variants of the NuvoSport have been launched, with the top trim variant priced at INR 9.76 lac. The model will battle the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, which is already growing to become a segment leader with huge response in its first month, and the Ford EcoSport which is tough competition as well. It goes without saying that the Hyundai Creta is one of the primary rivals as well. However, the car will definitely perform much better than the Quanto in the market.

All new Honda CR-V likely to come in 7-seater avatar in 2017

Japanese auto major, Honda Motor is already known to be busy working on the next generation model of its premium compact SUV – the Honda CR-V. The next generation Honda CR-V has been speculated to be coming with a comfortable seating arrangement to accommodate 7 adult occupants. This is because like all the latest new generation vehicle models, the all new Honda CR-V is also expected to grow in size which will naturally translate in better interior space and additional comfort. The next generation model is expected to hit the market sometime next year. Honda Australia’s director, Stephen Collins while speaking to an auto journal has also confirmed the fact that the all new Honda CR-V will most probably launch in 2017.

All new Honda CR-V

Collins also revealed that the Japanese car company is now enhancing its focus more on technology, especially on the next generation model’s engine specification. He also added by saying that he thinks that the company is looking at everything. The company is looking very closely at the engine technology which is indeed a very important point to consider. The company is looking at everything to find out how it can expand its opportunities further into the entry level of the larger SUV models and then the question of the 7-seat version comes up. Thus, the company is exploring all of the opportunities in this field.

The next generation model of the Honda CR-V premium compact SUV has been getting spied while the vehicle has been busy testing on the roads, for quite some time now. From the recent spy pictures have already suggested that the all new SUV model will be a bit longer than the current generation model. The spied testing mule of the all new Honda CR-V has been caught with a longer body and lengthier rear door. This indicated that a third row of seats have been added so as to accommodate two additional passengers right at the rear. This means that the next generation Honda CR-V will be indeed a 7-seater SUV model.

The all new Honda CR-V premium SUV model is expected to be launched in all those car markets where the Japanese auto giant is not offering its full sized SUV model – the Honda Pilot. This also means that the all new Honda CR-V SUV will surely come to the Indian car market, as India doesn’t have the Pilot available in its market, while the current generation CR-V is also selling here. However, we can expect the next-gen CR-V to arrive in India sometime after its global launch.

The mechanical specifications of the all new Honda CR-V are not yet known. However, the SUV is likely to share the powertrain with the new Honda Civic. It comprises a 2.0 liter VTEC and a 1.5 liter turbocharged VTEC petrol. The all new Honda CR-V could also get a new 1.6 liter or a 1.8 liter diesel mill. A 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox options are also expected.

Mahindra planning to produce a sub-4 meter variant of the Bolero

Indian utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra is all for the subcompact SUV models now. This is not only because the sub-4 meter small SUV models are trending at the moment, but also as a survival strategy. Mahindra was the hardest hit by the Supreme Court’s decision to defer registration of all the diesel vehicles that are powered by more than 2000 cc motors, post which the company seems to be working full time to find ways in order to abide by the new rules and even future rules to curb the rising pollution issue and also survive in the market. Thus, the Indian SUV master is on a sub-4 meter SUV model spree.

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

As per the latest reports, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on a new sub-4 meter SUV model that is based on the Bolero. The smaller version of the very popular old warhorse Bolero is reportedly codenamed as the U108. This slashed down version of the Mahindra Bolero is most likely to hit the Indian car market by the end of this year.

Mahindra certainly wishes to expand its sub-4 meter compact SUV range and have a stable portfolio of market offerings which will not be affected by any such decisions going ahead. Post this new slashed down Bolero version, Mahindra is going to have as many as 4 sub-4 meter compact SUV models under its belt, which should really help the company evade the higher taxes levied on big SUVs as well as the ban on the big powerful SUV models.

Mahindra & Mahindra currently has two proper subcompact SUV models in its portfolio, namely the Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV and the new Mahindra KUV100 micro-SUV model, while very soon the Indian car major is also going to launch the new Mahindra NuvoSport compact SUV which is the overhauled version of the Quanto SUV. After the Mahindra NuvoSport’s Indian launch, which is set to take place on 4th of April, the company will have three models is the sub-4 meter SUV segment of India.

According to the reports, The Indian car major is also working on a new diesel engine to power the smaller version of the Bolero SUV, and the new vehicle model is most likely to get powered by a 1.5 liter diesel engine. Mahindra is also reportedly preparing to churn out around 25,000 units of the sub-4 meter version of the Bolero per year.

The Mahindra Bolero is a very popular SUV model for much more than a decade’s time, especially in the rural market of India. Mahindra has also sold more than 1 lakh units of the Mahindra Bolero ever since it first launched back in the year 2000.

The ongoing model of the Mahindra Bolero packs in a 2523 cc m2DiCR diesel mill which is good to pump out a max power output of 62 bhp at 3200 rpm and a peak torque of 195 NM at 1400 to 2200 rpm. The engine comes paired to a 5 speed manual transmission.

Mahindra NuvoSport’s mechanical specs revealed prior to imminent Launch

Indian SUV master, Mahindra & Mahindra is all braced up to launch the new NuvoSport compact SUV model on 4th of April, 2016. This sub-4 meter SUV is already known to be actually the revamped version of the dull selling Mahindra Quanto. Although a lot of things about this new soon to launch Mahindra subcompact SUV have been in news recently, its mechanical specs remained just speculations until now. Just prior to the market launch of the Mahindra NuvoSport, the engine specifications have been also leaked out.

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It has now come to light that like a lot of other things, the Mahindra NuvoSport sub-4 meter compact SUV model will also be sharing the Quanto’s 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel motor that gets equipped with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox. Mahindra has also endowed the new NuvoSport with two driving modes, namely a Power Mode for a more powerful performance and an Economy Mode for saving more fuel in tough city traffic situations. This compact diesel engine is also compatible with BS-IV emission norms.

Interestingly, this time the new Mahindra NuvoSport will not come as an all diesel vehicle unlike the Quanto, but in a petrol version as well. The NuvoSport’s petrol version will get powered by a new 1.2 liter mHawk 100 petrol engine that will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.

The Indian utility vehicle leader is likely to offer the new NuvoSport SUV for sale in the domestic car market in a total 4 model trims, namely the base level N4, N4+, N6 and the top of the range N8. Similar to the Mahindra Quanto, the new Mahindra NuvoSport will be coming in a 7 seater configuration with 2 jump seats in the vehicle’s boot space.

As of now, we know that the new Mahindra NuvoSport will be coming with a new design language up front. It will get an absolutely new face with a new grille, new bumper and new headlights to look like an entirely new model and less reminiscent of the Mahindra Xylo. However, at the back, the sub-4 meter SUV will be looking quite like the Quanto although slightly refreshed. It gets the same shape and same tail light arrangement which is not impressive. Mahindra says that the name NuvoSport is meant to showcase the vehicle’s capability of letting its owners an active lifestyle while also offering a sporty visual appeal.

The Mahindra NuvoSport will help the Indian SUV leader strengthen its positioning in the hugely popular sub-compact SUV market of India which is going to get highly populated in a short span of time, as all car majors operating in India are readying their own subcompact SUVs. Post the launch of the NuvoSport, Mahindra will have three mini SUVs in its portfolio, as its TUV300 and the new KUV100 are both also sub-4 meter Sports Utility Vehicle models.

The Mahindra NuvoSport subcompact SUV after hitting the domestic car market of India will directly go against the newly launched Maruti Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport.

Mahindra to revive the Thar off-roader with a third upgrade for 2018

Mahindra & Mahindra has started working on the new Mahindra Thar project for the next generation. The compact SUV which has been in the market since 2010 is getting an upgrade and the new model will arrive in the market in 2018.

New Thar

The new Thar will be based on an all-new body-on-frame platform. It will give the car much better structural stiffness and make it much adaptable to possible crashes. The next-generation Thar will be made sturdier to perform well in the crash test norms which will be much tougher in 2018 than what they are now. The car is based on a mix of the new Quanto platform and the TUV platform.

Mahindra will not alter the design and styling of the Thar drastically. The signature Thar look will remain the same, reminding people of the success the compact off-roader has brought to owners and drivers in the past 5 years. The design language will remain the same, with some contemporary elements filling up for the uniqueness the new Thar deserves.

The next generation Thar will get the 1.5 liter mHawk diesel engine. A similar engine is found in the TUV300, but it could also be a smaller version of the 2.0 liter version in the Scorpio. However, it will be much more economical than the current 2.5 liter CRDe engine. The engine will be tuned to offer up to 100BHP peak power and 240Nm peak torque. The engine is known for helping Mahindra reduce on the carbon footprint front.

With the new monocoque based design language, the new lineup from Mahindra will have smaller engines and therefore, an overall lighter car, which will in turn help increase the fuel efficiency. The Thar will retain the old style engines in its 2018 iteration. What will follow after that is a matter of a long time ahead in the future, but at least this time, the new Thar will not be a total alien to its predecessor, or the outgoing model.

The 2015 Mahindra Thar was launched in the Indian market at the INR 5.0 lac to INR 8.3 lac price segment. The upcoming Thar can be expected to cost anything around the INR 6.0 lac to INR 12.0 lac price bracket. The outgoing model is the first ever update the Thar had got ever since the initial launch in 2010. Hence, the 2018 version will be the third generation of the Thar.

The test phase has begun for the next generation Thar. The production of the AWD off-roader will commence in a few months in the Company’s Chakan plant. The car will be lighter and more fuel-efficient, but at the same time, more durable and crash resistant. Mahindra intends to make it a global model by slowly introducing the car to friendly markets worldwide, but only after gauging the performance of the car from the response generated in the domestic market.

Currently, the Thar is battling the Force Gurkha and the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, but only theoretically, because it is over a year that the car hasn’t had any real market presence.