The Mahindra Quanto facelift scheduled for 2016 has been spotted testing in Mumbai. The snaps leaked indicate a major cosmetic makeover and there are probably some significant mechanical upgrades as well. The most significant change will be in the name. As per reports, Mahindra will rename the 2016 Quanto as the ‘Canto’. Let us take a look at what the Quanto facelift, or the new Canto has in store for enthusiasts and gauge whether this new makeover will help the Company increase the sales of the utility vehicle.
The Quanto facelift will include a redesigned front face with a new grille that will have vertical slats. The headlamps will be different with LED daytime running light and the fog lights will be circular. There will be a new bumper with new alloy wheels also possible on the cards. The rear end does not get any such remarkable changes.
The interiors too will have quite a few noteworthy changes like the new color scheme with lots of beige and grey that will make the car look unique and classy. The car will also get a totally redesigned multifunctional steering wheel and a new instrument cluster to keep up with the standard features in the current generation utility vehicles. The AC vents will also have been revamped for better styling and complete ventilation.
The 2016 Quanto facelift is likely to use theTUV300 engine. There will be a 3-cylinder mHAWK 80 engine with 1.5 liter capacity. This turbocharged diesel engine gives up to 84BHP power and 230Nm torque in the TV300. In the Canto, the same engine is likely to give about 100BHP maximum power at 3,750rpm and 240Nm torque at 1,600 to 2,800rpm. To catch up with the current generation automatic transmission trend, Mahindra will give the 2016 Quanto two transmission options, a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed AMT transmission as already present in the TUV300.
The car is still being tested so there is a chance that right before the official revelation of the facelift, there will be a few more tweaks. The suspension and drive dynamics are expected to bring something new to the car as these are the parts that are being focused on right not to enhance the ride quality. As of now, the above mentioned information is what has been found from the latest spy shots of the car in its test drive in Bengaluru.
The ongoing Quanto model has hardly made any difference in the sub-4m utility vehicles segment. It looks somewhat like the Xylo but has not performed well enough in the market. With the 2016 Canto and the upcoming S101, Mahindra may hope to up its shares in the market at least by a marginal level in the compact SUV segment.
Mahindra is trying everything to make the Quanto a success. Starting from a name change to radical changes in the appearance and performance, the Company is leaving no stone unturned and to top it all, the new Canto is likely to be priced below the INR 6,00,000 mark. It seems like there is finally some hope for the Quanto this time.