Indian SUV master, Mahindra & Mahindra is all braced up to introduce the new revamped version of its Quanto sub-compact SUV model. The new facelift Mahindra Quanto was highly speculated to get unveiled at the Auto Expo 2016 that took place earlier this month. However, that did not happen, and now the refreshed SUV model is expected to hit the Indian car market in the next month.
The new revamped Mahindra has been caught several times, when the vehicle was busy doing its test rounds on the Indian roads implying its imminent market launch. The Quanto was first launched in India back in the year 2012. Initially, the vehicle was quite a hit because of its compact size and SUV appeal, but soon lost its sales momentum. Mahindra tried to boost the Quanto’s sale with few changes in its feature level, like the introduction of flexible yoga seat at the back, but the expected sales boost did not happen making the Quanto a poor seller with plummeting monthly volumes.
The Mahindra Quanto is such a slow seller that it was even reported to get discontinued once the sub-compact models such as the TUV300 and the KUV100 came into the picture. However, it was soon clear that Mahindra has no intentions of giving up on its Quanto and is giving it a major facelift instead. Rumors are also rife that the new refreshed Quanto will get renamed as the ‘Canto’ in order to give it a fresh start in the market.
When looks are concerned, the facelift Mahindra Quanto will flaunt an updated muscular typical SUV stance along with a fresh appeal. The face of the refreshed Quanto is expected to boast new LED headlights with design inspiration from the TUV300 with LED Daytime Running Lights, newly designed front radiator grille, wider air dam, a sporty looking bonnet, restyled bumper design and newly designed alloy wheels. At the back, the vehicle is likely to remain mostly unchanged, but would get new LED tail lights and added plastic cladding on its tailgate in order to cover-up the odd back design. The sub-4 meter SUV is also supposed to get new body color options.
On the inside, the new revamped Mahindra Quanto is expected to get good amount of updates with better quality materials. It is expected get a restyled centre console and new upholstery. The place of old school gear knob is also taken up by a new AutoShift gearbox. The top of the range model boasts features like alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioner and anti-lock braking system among others.
The Mahindra Quanto facelift model is also likely to pack in the 3 pot 1.5 liter mHawk80, diesel mill that has the ability to offer 84 bhp of power and 230 Nm of top torque. The diesel engine will be paired to a 5 speed manual transmission. The new refreshed Mahindra Quanto will also be getting equipped with an AMT gearbox choice like the Mahindra TUV300.