Just after overcoming a long sales slump recently, Indian utility vehicle leader of India Mahindra & Mahindra is all set to launch new products in the market in the impending New Year, 2016. The Indian car major overcame its sales owe in the last two consecutive months, thanks to its new launches that included the launch of the popular XUV500 premium SUV’s updated model, the facelifted Thar SUV and the brand new TUV300 sub-compact SUV.
Now, as the New Year approaches, Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to launch a slew of new models to further boost its sales and reinstate its leading position in the Indian UV market. The new upcoming launches from the stable of Mahindra for 2016 will again include both all new models as well as updated models. Among the upcoming launch list is the Mahindra Quanto facelift, which has been expected for quite some time.
The Mahindra Quanto is the first ever sub-compact SUV model from the car maker’s stable. However, it soon lost its initial launch charms in the market owing to the fact that it is just a slashed down version of the Mahindra Xylo. The Quanto’s rear looks really awkward due to its chop-shop job, while its rear seats are very cramped up as well, not to mention its rather crude engine. The Quanto thus, soon failed in the highly popular and fast growing compact SUV market of India. Mahindra thus, quickly brought in the all new TUV300 which is fully new built sub-4 meter SUV. Though rumors were rife that Mahindra will discontinue the low selling Quanto and the TUV300 will replace the model, it soon became clear that the company has no intentions of giving up on the Quanto as yet, and will soon bring in its new updated model.
Now, the Mahindra Quanto facelift has got caught by the spy shutterbugs while the vehicle was testing Nashik where the company has its manufacturing facilities. As per the reports, Mahindra is trying to refresh the Quanto’s appeal with new styling cues on its facelift model.
Going by the new spy pictures, the sub-4 meter refreshed Quanto will flaunt an entirely new front fascia with new radiator grille, restyled headlights and new bumper.
However, the real problem area – the rear design of the Quanto seems to be similar on its facelift model as well, although new tail lights are expected. Mahindra will also refresh the vehicle’s interiors which are currently criticized for its low quality, fit and finish.
Reports also say that the refreshed Quanto could borrow the more refined 1.5 liter mHawk80 diesel mill from the TUV300, coupled with 5 speed manual or AMT gearbox options. Mahindra may also launch the Quanto autoSHIFT model that it showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Show, which apart from the AMT gearbox also gets regenerative braking system for great fuel efficiency.
The new updated Mahindra Quanto is expected to launch by March 2016. It is also highly speculated that Mahindra will re-brand the SUV to ‘Canto’ for a fresh appeal.