Category: Mahindra

Mahindra plans to inspect the quality of Ex Scorpio

Mahindra is an esteemed Indian based auto enterprise, its specialty is SUV’s, and few quality products are XUV500, Scorpio, Xylo and Quanto. The company is one of the divisions of the acclaimed Mahindra Group, a massive USD 16.5 billion venture. The company had to recall its Ex Scorpio model built between 2012 May and 2013 November. This is not the usual recalls caused by defective components; the goal is to follow up on the normal recall procedure as required by legal authorities.

2014 mahindra scorpio

2014 mahindra scorpio

The vehicle will undergo a thorough inspection, and if issues are spotted it will be rectified immediately. Customers do not have to pay a penny for the procedure. Owners of Ex Scorpio will be contacted individually by authorised dealers. Only the Ex vehicle is recalled during a particular period, and the concerns are no way related to other Scorpio models.

Scorpio is among the top selling products of Mahindra, the power of the vehicle has surpassed the dormancy of Renault Duster. During the April to June period Mahindra sold 11,943 units of Scorpio higher than 10,296 Duster vehicles sold in the same era. Scorpio has been on the scene for mighty long, and is the second bestselling car from Mahindra’s stable after Bolero. When Renault launched Duster it was a stiff battle, and Scorpio was just hard to beat and it continued to regain the SUV kingdom.

Mahindra’s SUV power is unmatched; Scorpio is a sale ripper and is class above its competition. The company has a strong dealership network with more than 270 service outlets and sales. Just last year Mahindra sold 4,245 units of Scorpio a month, and the yearly gains is whooping 50,949 pieces higher than 50,168 pieces yielded during the end of financial year on the 31st of March 2013.

Renault sells Duster with diesel and petrol engines, Scorpio on the other hand are fitted with diesel mill. Mahindra has an edge over Renault, the price of Duster increased by 1% from the 1st of July, making it costlier than Scorpio. The BSIV variant of Scorpio is priced at Rs 7.78 lakhs, Duster comes at an increased price rate of over Rs 8 lakhs.

The initiative of Mahindra to recall Ex Scorpio is a good move to ensure good that the vehicle is in a healthy state. The vehicles taken into consideration are about a year or two old. After prolonged usage, there are chances that certain parts will lose its rigidity.

Mahindra is all set to thrill ardent Scorpio fans will the launch of facelift model scheduled to launch during the festive season. The car will come with cosmetic changes on the outside and the insides will take on a new modern look inspired by the grandeur of XUV500. Mahindra is in tune with rapid changes in auto taste buds, people today prefer a tint of modernity. The current vehicle itself is hard to beat; one can only imagine the customer response levels of the upcoming Scorpio facelift.

Mahindra launching new Scorpio and other models soon

Mahindra and Mahindra has launched some very impressive vehicles in the past few years. The XUV 500 has been a major contributor to their sales ever since it was launched. While it has been enjoying impressive sales, the contribution of Scorpio has been going down over time. It hasn’t received any major facelift since 2008 when it got a change of heart as well. The 2.6 litre turbocharged engine went away in favour of the 2.2 litre mHawk engine which still powers the vehicle. The Scorpio has received few minor facelifts in all these years but this time Mahindra is going for a thorough makeover.

Mahindra Komodo

Mahindra Komodo

This new Scorpio will go against the rivals around this festive season. There have been multiple sighting of this latest model and while most of the spy shots show it covered in camouflage; many details can be made out from it. The overall dimensions and profile of the vehicle remain almost the same as previous version even on this model. On the front face, they have put new headlamps that are sharper and are at an angle sloping inwards. It isn’t clear yet if it is a projection like the XUV 500 or standard halogen lamps like the current Scorpio.

There are other changes on the front face as well. There is a new grille which is wider and has got more chrome on it. The bumper sits out further and is wider giving it a better front face and a meaner look. The bonnet scoop is wider than what we have seen on the previous models and while it was a bit rounded on the previous model, it is flatter on this one. Other details aren’t really visible for now in the spy shots.

As we said already, the side profile is very much similar to the on-going car. The alloys are new here which look better than the alloys found on the current generation of Scorpio. On the rear, while the tail lamp design looks similar to the on-going model but it has been reported that it will come with LED lamps. The rear bumper and door look like the current generation but there might be more to it under the camouflage. There are a lot of changes on the inside as well. There is entirely new dashboard that features better design and premium materials.

It also gets a new steering wheel which has been carried from the XUV 500. Also there is a new instrument cluster to be seen here. Powering this car will be the same proven mHawk engine which has a capacity of 2.2 litres and develops a peak power of 120 bhp. It is mated to a five speed manual gearbox which is the same as previous one. This time however we might see the addition of an automatic gearbox as well. It will have six ratios against five on the manual. Expect the new Scorpio to come out in the fourth quarter of this year.

New Scorpio facelift spied again

Mahindra Scorpio facelift is spotted again just days after being captured in Chennai. The car was spotted in the outskirts of Nashik, so much is written about the developments of the car. Mahindra will launch the car soon sometime in August just before the onset of festive season.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 001

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 2015

The camouflaged Scorpio facelift has always brought series of excitements; car enthusiasts have cracked some more new discoveries such as dual pod head lamp cluster, refurnished grille, new LED lights, bumper and LED daytime running lights. The insides are modern version of the past with a more lavish décor and many more equipments. The interiors are inspired by the grandeur of XUV500.

Scorpio is stellar product of Mahindra and has thrilled the crowd to no end since its inception in 2002.  It is interesting to learn of a new Scorpio facelift launch, the exterior framework is body-on-frame construction. The competition levels in SUV market has intensified to a new level. In a short span there have been so many launches with modern stance such as Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport. The car was spied several times through various stages of evolution. From the image description the front will look more fashionable with artistically styled twin barrel headlights and arty grille. The new bumper will sport a bigger intake area with two fog lights and mesh grille.

The back section of the car will undergo a complete refurnishing with inventively styled tail lights and new tail gate. Sources say Mahindra did provide clues on light technology elevation with the fitment of LED light on tail lamps. The other interesting modifications are restructured spoiler and side mouldings.

As mentioned earlier the insides will take on a whole new look, filled with top class beige material layered with posh faux wood inserts. There will be a fresh touch screen infotainment network on the most loaded car along with GPS. The air con vents are rectangular different from the usual round structure used in the current car.

Mahindra has not hampered with the mechanical fitment of the car, the Scorpio facelift will move on a potent 2.2 litre four cylinder CRDe turbocharged diesel engine. The power train emits shockingly impressive powers of 290Nm and122PS. The other engine is four cylinder 2.5 litre CRDe diesel turbocharged engine that will emit 200Nm and 76PS. The transmission used is the same five speed manual transmission sold in four and two wheel drive options. The car will cost Rs 8 to 12.5 lakhs.

For those who can’t wait to own the new Scorpio facelift, the launch date is pretty close just a month away. It is not just a progression of the previous model but an evolutionary launch. There is so much of newness inscribed in the car, and it will be interesting to soak in a new Scorpio atmosphere.

Mahindra is working on a new launch strategy by introducing levels of modernity into its vehicles. The other stimulating launches to look forward to are S101 built on joint partnership basis with Ssangyong and 2016 Bolero.

Mahindra promotes the marvelous thrill element of its vehicles

Mahindra and Mahindra is a renowned auto enterprise, it has produced spark launches in sports utility vehicle and passenger car segments. Some quality products are XUV500, Verito, Scorpio, Xylo, Quanto and Thar. Driving a Mahindra car is always fun because of the adventure impact it creates, the vehicles are meant for those who enjoy driving to the core, who would spend hours exploring all kinds of terrains.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

To fuel the power of its vehicles Mahindra has organized several off-road events such as Mahindra Adventure and Great Escape. The goal is to create series of fun and enjoyment for those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of motorsports. On the thought of adventurous car ride, among the most efficient vehicles are XUV500 and Thar. The rigorous motor race competitions are open to all the young and young at heart.

Mahindra’s off-road competitions happen with SUV’s, Mahindra Adventure is the main theme of the race and the primary tournament is called Mahindra Racing through which a number of events happen. The goal is to showcase the power of Mahindra vehicles, and its impact on a global scale. The company conducts motor racing events using its electric vehicles and bikes.

Mahindra vehicles are designed to beat the off-terrain heat; it takes enormous skill to create a high-power vehicle to spearhead through the toughest of tough terrains. Four years ago Mahindra conducted a study on how to achieve the best possible outcome of rugged vehicle as stated by the Bijoy Y Kumar the head of Mahindra Adventure. There is an interesting story of how Bijoy began his motorsports journey. He formerly made his living through motoring journalism and then shifted to Mahindra and Mahindra and he then formed a small team to drive Mahindra Adventure challenge.

Great Escape is a mega event in the motor racing world; customers have the freedom to bring their own vehicle. It is a fun ride, participants can explore the unexplored through country sides, waterfronts, mountains, rivers and so on. Mahindra owns 100 of its SUV’s and rolls it out to contenders who want to feel the chills of extreme adventure. The response has been great, and contenders have the proficiency to handle the vehicle at any speed on any terrain says Bijoy.

Mahindra Adventure is certainly an event to look forward to, for those who are super enthusiastic about it, the process is simple, all contenders have to do is just participate by logging on to Mahindra Adventure website, register and pay the fees. The competition is open throughout the year in India and neighboring nations. There is an off-road trophy event under Mahindra Adventure tag; the races are prevalent all over India, divided into four zones. The winner is selected from all four segments and all of them participate in grand finale which is pretty rigorous. It is a 28 acre off-roading land, constructed by Mahindra in a city called Igatpuri close to Nashik Maharashtra. The winner gets a fantastic price that pops out of its own stable, Mahindra Thar.

Those who are super excited about the fun-filled adventure ride organized by Mahindra, it is definitely worth the try to discover new mind blowing sights at a priceless rate.

The Mahindra S101 baby SUV spied testing along with a Quanto

Mahindra is making fresh news almost every day, as many of its upcoming launches get spied while going about their test schedule. Among the Mahindra upcoming launches, the S101 compact SUV is the one which has been getting spotted testing for over a year now. The upcoming compact SUV from Mahindra is the new Ford EcoSport challenger, and is still known by its codename S101.

Mahindra S101 SUV

Mahindra S101 SUV

Recently, the Mahindra S101 was spotted testing once again. This time around though, the S101 was spied testing along with Mahindra Quanto compact SUV which approximately the same size of the S101.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV is developed on an entirely new monocoque chassis which would make the SUV very strong and rugged. Mahindra is reportedly making the S101 as a sub-4 meter compact SUV which will lock its horns with the very popular Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. The under-4 meter length of the S101 will also facilitate Mahindra to price the vehicle attractively, as the vehicle will get excise duty benefits from the government of India.

The upcoming baby SUV from Mahindra is expected to be offered for sale in both its petrol as well as diesel versions. The S101 will be powered by a set of newly developed engines. The petrol version of the vehicle will be packing in an all new 1.2 liter petrol mill, while the diesel version will be powered by a 1.5 liter diesel motor which may be a new engine or a refined version of the Quanto’s. The all new petrol engine is currently being developed by Mahindra in collaboration with its South Korean subsidiary Ssangyong.

An earlier spy picture showed a portion of the interior of the S101, which revealed the dashboard mounted gearstick. This also indicates that Mahindra could introduce a bench type seat at the vehicle’s front. This would also allow the Indian car major to launch the S101 as a 3+3-seater vehicle despite its compact form.

The Mahindra S101 compact SUV will be launching in the domestic car market of India sometime in 2015, followed by some more compact SUV models.

Mahindra is in dire need of some new compact SUVs in its product portfolio, as the Indian compact SUV segment is highly popular. At present, Mahindra has only one compact SUV that is the Quanto, which is actually the chop-shop version of the bigger Xylo SUV. The Quanto is getting less popular with passing time owing to its not so refined interiors and noisy engine. It is also rumored that post the launch of the S101 in India, Mahindra will discontinue the Quanto, so the S101 might be the all new replacement of the Quanto.

Apart from the S101 compact SUV, Mahindra is currently busy with several other upcoming launches that are also getting constantly spied. These are the 2014 refreshed Scorpio that should launch during this year’s festive season, and the next-gen model of the Bolero SUV which will launch sometime in 2016.

Mahindra Reva conducts the e2o green car rally in Bangalore

The Indian car major Mahindra & Mahindra has taken the initiative of spreading the message of the importance of a greener future and cleaner air for our future generations. Mahindra’s first all electric passenger vehicle e2o is not only a brilliantly designed contemporary and smart city car, but also a very efficient way of reducing atmospheric pollution, however the Indian car market is still not matured enough to embrace such great cars, primarily due to the ignorance and casual negligence of the all important electric vehicles or EVs. Most of the Indian are also reluctant to invest in an EV due to various sorts of doubts regarding its performance and efficiency. Thus, in order to spread awareness about the capable e2o and as a step to preserve our environment, Indian SUV leader organized the e2o electric car rally.

mahindra e20 electric car

mahindra e20 electric car

Naturalists and nature conservation conscious people in India happily came forward to take on the roads driving the Mahindra Reva e2o electric cars. The EV rally was conducted on 29th of June, 2014 which covered a distance of 5 km in the city of Bangalore.

Mahindra Reva did a brilliant job by flaunting the happy e2o customers who did not only take a step forward to but this eco-friendly zero emission car, but also got themselves a very cool looking smart car. The rally of the Mahindra e2o models in their various brilliant body colors immediately caught the attention of people on road, who even snapped the great sight. The nature loving owners of the e2o vehicles surely felt proud rallying down the road, as they were appreciated and admired by hundreds of people. The Mahindra Reva e2o rally was conducted from Bangalore’s Golf Course Road, passing through the KR Circle and concluding at the Cubbon Park.

The participating members in the e2o rally also included the Transport Commissioner K. Amaranarayanana who graced the green rally even further by planting more than 100 saplings at the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park. The entire green rally was initiated by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles as part of the company’s effort to spread the awareness about the very necessary and efficient electric vehicle. Mahindra & Mahindra is conducting several initiatives to make the Indians value the electric cars not only to protect the environment for the future, but also as a way to enhance the quality of life and get economical benefits. Apart from offering various discounts and attractive schemes for the e20, Mahindra Reva is planning to conduct even more such initiatives as the 2o rally going ahead.

The green rally of the Mahindra Reva e2o was also a way to protect the natural beauty and environment of the Bangalore city, which is known as the Garden City. However, massive felling of around 1.6 lakh trees owing to fast urbanization and concrete jungles are making the city highly polluted. Mahindra Reva, a Bangalore based company is all the more trying to make the people of Bangalore to consider the e2o over fuel driven cars.

Mahindra planning big for future models

Mahindra and Mahindra is a popular Indian manufacturer and now they have strong presence in various other markets. Their flagship product XUV 500 was received very well in the market and now they are working on many other products to create a strong line-up. The compact SUV with the design inspired by XUV500 has been the hot topic these days. It is codenamed S101 and has been spotted testing multiple times. It would enter the market at a point where the Ford EcoSport sits at the moment. They have prepared an all new platform for this vehicle and have got big expectations from this new car.

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Mahindra S101 SUV side view

The S101 will be less than 4 meters long to gain excise duty benefits. The diesel model will be powered by the same engine that powers the Mahindra Quanto. It is a 1.5 litre three cylinder turbocharged unit that generates a peak power of 100 bhp. While until now we have seen Mahindra cars with diesel engines only, this one might make an exception. It will come with a 1.2 litre petrol engine option as well. This engine is being developed in conjunction with Ssangyong and will also power Ssangyong’s compact SUV that will be coming out soon.

Apart from the S101, they have been testing the new face lifted Scorpio as well. The Scorpio has been more or less the same since it was last updated 6-7 years ago. Minor changes have been made to its bumpers and headlamps but nothing really prominent. This time however, it is getting a more comprehensive treatment. The front end receives a lot of changes and the headlamps look sharper and flow inwards into the grille. The redesigned bumper gives it a wider profile which looks better than the current Scorpio.

The changes have been carried inside as well. They have worked on the quality and design of the material used inside. There is a new instrument cluster and the steering wheel appears to be from the XUV 500. The powerhouse is still the same faithful mHawk engine which generates a peak power of 120 bhp. This time apart from the 5 speed manual, they might also add the option of a six speed automatic gearbox. This new updated Mahindra Scorpio is expected to come out near the end of this year.

While these vehicles will be launched in near future, they have got new vehicles lined up for 2016 as well. The Mahindra Bolero has been one of their most successful products ever and it will be updated as well. The update won’t come anytime soon and reports suggest that it will come out in 2016. It looks very much different from the current generation of Bolero. Gone are the flat and dull panels and instead it gets nicely styled body panels. It gets a restyled bonnet that is curved unlike the current Bolero. It is also being said that this new Bolero might come in two different wheelbase variants. There will be a sub 4 meter variant as well to gain excise duty benefits on the vehicle.

2016 Bolero a car to watch out for

There have been a lot of reports on Mahindra’s new products S101 and Scorpio facelift. There is another interesting car to look forward to 2016 Bolero, the production is still in initial stages, and was spied testing in Chennai. The car is christened U301, and was captured at the company’s established R and D unit in Chennai.

mahindra bolero

mahindra bolero

Bolero has been on the scene for mighty long time, and it is fascinating to hear of a new launch of its kind. To flow with the times the design build is based on a new hydroformed ladder chassis. Sources say Mahindra might introduce two versions of new Bolero, a car with an over four meter length and below four meter car. The car will run on a robust 1.5 litre three cylinder diesel engine.

The visible developments are doors and body panels at initial stages of development. Not much progress is visible on interiors and tail lights, Bolero is a vehicle used by the mass public, and popular in rural and town areas. As mentioned earlier it has been on the scene for quite a while fourteen years and is a huge profit contributor to Mahindra.

Mahindra has churned massive sales with Bolero for three years in a row from 2011 to 2013 more than 100,000 pieces of the vehicle were sold. During the initial five months made phenomenal monthly profits with the sale of 9,376 pieces. Now with the new car in the pipeline the company plans to hit the over 100,000 profit sale target.

Although deep details of the interiors are not revealed, car enthusiasts have managed to spot few interesting details. The layout of the centre console is different from the current car and is a completely refurnished piece. There is a new steering system and audio equipment. The structure of the dashboard is the same as current car. From the descriptions of the new audio, steering and centre console it is evident that Mahindra is likely to bring in a modern version of the Bolero.

The car was spied several times; the previous spy models had a huge spare wheel on tailgate. The latest captured vehicle did not have the tail gate, the other interesting details of the car are the dimension of back windshield is smaller than the present car and so is the rear overhang.

Mahindra has introduced new surprises in its all new Scorpio facelift with bits of exterior cosmetic changes and interior modernity. The inner décor is vastly different from the current car layered in a more modern format inspired by XUV500. The auto market at present has witnessed a surge in modern SUV development; Mahindra too has planned a more modern approach with its vehicles. Its other new development S101 is also in tune with lavishness built on joint collaboration basis with Ssangyong. The same level of new luxury can be expected with the upcoming 2016 Bolero. It will be motivating to view a posh Bolero different from its ancient rustic style. It is a car to look forward to.

The Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton RX6 is an able new addition to the luxury SUV in India

The Indian utility vehicle major, Mahindra & Mahindra has made a great move by introducing its South Korean subsidiary, SsangYong in India. The one and only vehicle from the SsangYong stable in India is the Rexton luxury SUV, which launched towards the end of 2012 and has been a good success in the country ever since its launch.

New SsangYong Rexton RX6 trim

New SsangYong Rexton RX6 trim

The Mahindra SsangYong Rexton has won over many Indian SUV lovers with its rugged and stylishly luxurious aspects. While the SUV has been warmly appreciated in India, the stark difference between the base model and the higher variant was always felt. Till recently, the Mahindra SsangYong Rexton was available in India in only two model variants, the base RX5 and the higher RX7 model trims. The two models were far apart in terms of features and comfort levels, as well as the pricing. This made the Indian car buyers requested the Indian SUV major to bridge the gap by introducing a new middle range variant for a balanced convenience and pricing option for the potential buyers. Mahindra & Mahindra has just done that by recently launching the mid-range model of the Rexton, named the obvious RX6.

It seems that given the obvious difference between the models RX5 and RX7, there was always a name difference as well (number 5 and 7 with a missing 6), and there was an intentional vacant space left for the RX6, which was launched in the country very recently. Mahindra might have decided to launch this variant after the Rexton received ample amount of sales in India. The RX6 variant has been also launched at an attractive price of Rs. 19.96 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This variant is manufactured along with the other variants of the Rexton at the company’s plat at Mahindra’s Chakan, near Pune.

During the launch of the new Rexton RX6, Mahindra’s chief marketing officer of the automotive division, Vivek Nayer said that Mahindra being a customer centric company works continuously based on the feedback from the customers to cater to their changing requirements and preference. One such customer feedback included the requirement for a high-end luxurious, feature-rich SUV with a manual transmission. The Rexton RX6 is the result of the company’s effort to work based on consumers’ requirement. This variant will offer the driving enthusiasts the full control of a manual transmission gearbox along with the 4×4 drive capabilities as well as high-end features.

The Rexton RX6 packs in a 2.7 liter engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The SUV is offered in 4 alluring body color options of Opulant Purple, Volcano Black, Satin White and Moondust silver.

The new Rexton RX6 variant is also loaded with features such as power sunroof, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and safety features including ABS with EBD and hill decent control. The RX6 variant is thus, a very able and attractive option in the Rexton SUV range.

Mahindra to replace Xylo with new MPV in near future

Among Mahindra’s successful range of cars like Scorpio, XUV500, Quanto and other sports utility vehicles is the Xylo which never managed to live up to expectations of customers. The problem was with its design and output which was nothing special compared to other similar models in local markets. Since multipurpose vehicle is the new emerging segment in local markets and existing players like Maruti Suzuki and Nissan are already raking in profits and Honda has also jumped into the bandwagon with Mobilio, Mahindra is keen on exploring this segment. The firm’s overseas research team located in Michigan, United States is working in this project and it is expected to be ready by 2017 along with SUV which will be built on similar platform and will be developed alongside this model.

2012 mahindra xylo front grille

Mahindra’s Quanto and Genio are also not performing as expected therefore this research center will develop new models which will all be based on single platform. The new MPV will be built for India first and then maybe sold to other locations depending on demand. The slow but steadily growing MPV segment in India is expected to be next growth area as it will be ideal car for small families of 5-6 people and would not cost as much as large SUV’s which are in the price range of 20 -25 lakhs. Therefore Nissan’s Evalia and Maruti’s Ertiga are able to tap this segment wherein families keen on strong and manageable vehicle which has good mileage are going in for these cars.

Seeing growth in this segment Honda has already launched the Mobilio while Nissan will also launch Datsun Go+ since it lacks competitors. According to market rumors Mahindra’s MPV will be based on Xylo which was not successful due to its bulky body styling and simple interiors which offered nothing new in terms of style and comfort. With market demand shrinking for hatchback and midsized sedan demand is increasing for new design like compact SUV and sedan and soft roaders. With people emerging out of homes to travel more due to improved road infrastructure the demand for sturdy cars has also increased. Though Mahindra has a research center in Chennai, it has set up this international research center to gain an international perspective of design and engineering.

Mahindra has taken a rough hit during recent downtrend in Indian automobile industry with low demand for its commercial and passenger vehicles. Therefore the carmaker is launching several five new vehicles which will be based on platform under development by this new research team. Besides this Mahindra has several new models currently under various stages of testing and development which will be launched from end of this year once markets show signs of revival. Among these the first to be launched will be latest Scorpio followed by new compact SUV which is codenamed as S101 as Mahindra has not given it a formal title. Besides these two cars, Mahindra is also testing two new models comprising face-lifted Bolero followed by another SUV to replace Quanto which is not performing as expected.