India’s leading utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra is facing tough competition, as all the other car majors seem to be interested in the UV segments. India has been always a tough vehicle loving market, and it is very natural on the context of the very bad road conditions of the country. The roads in India pose as big challenges for the vehicles, as they are mostly rough, unpredictable and badly maintained. Roads on the remote parts of India are even more hostile making it necessary to travel in rough and tough and reliable vehicles. Nowadays, even the city dwellers are leaning towards the SUVs, and to cater to these demands the car majors are pouring in compact SUV models that offer the convenience of both city cars as well as SUVs. Thus, the market competition is really spiraling. Moreover, Mahindra does not currently have any able compact SUV model in the market and its only compact offering the Quanto has lost its initial charm.
Mahindra & Mahindra being the SUV leader of its home market certainly does not wish to fall behind in the increasing competition and thus it is ready with a slew of new models to be launched in the Indian market in the next few years. Mahindra certainly has huge plans and has many UV models in its schedule, as the Indian car major itself says that it has got car launches planned for as far as the year 2020. The car major is also building many new platforms and a new family of petrol and diesel engine. However, we only know of few very important upcoming vehicles from Mahindra that are expected to come in the next year.
First in line comes the Mahindra S101, which has been long in news. This one is going to be the primary compact SUV contender from Mahindra & Mahindra that will go against the likes of the very popular Ford Ecosport. This still codenamed upcoming SUV from Mahindra is going to be a sub-4 meter compact SUV that will get excise duty benefits and thus is expected to come with great aggressive price tag. It is going to come with a seating capacity of 6 occupants thanks to its front bench type seat. It is also going to be a feature-rich SUV and is expected to get an up-market style inspired from the XUV500. The S101 is expected to launch towards the beginning of next year.
Followed by the S101, the next-gen Mahindra Bolero is expected to hit the Indian market. The all new Bolero is internally codenamed as project U301. The all new Bolero MUV is expected to be greatly improved vehicle similar to that of the new-gen Scorpio. It is going to come in two sizes this time around, one full-sized and the other a compact sub-4 meter variant.
Mahindra & Mahindra is also said to be working on a next-gen Quanto or a Quanto replacement that will be based on the new Scorpio’s platform. It is also expected to get new engines to fight better in the market.