The dull performance of the Quanto in the Indian automobiles market has further forced its maker Mahindra & Mahindra to re-launch the facelifted version of this model here. The entire make of the car seems to be changed with a newly sculpted nose and complete re-positioning of the over body of the car. Apart from this Mahindra is all set to launch its compact crossover model XUV100 which will be more spacious as the car makers claim it would be.
As to what Pravin Shah, Mahindra & Mahindra’s president and chief executive for the company’s automotive division had to say to the media, two products of Mahindra will be launched this financial year which is most likely to be the Mahindra Quanto and the XUV100 which might be debuted in the upcoming Delhi Auto Expo 2016.
Let’s dig in deeper into the hood to know what these beauties have in store for the discerning enthusiasts. The Quanto will feature the 1.5 litre diesel engine which is expected to be adopted from the TUV300’s mHawk80 diesel engine. The uplifted version will also have the automatic gearbox which will play a major role in the entire performance output.
The XUV100 is expected to further carry the ‘tough guy under the hood’ legacy of the XUV. It will have the much talked about 1.2 petrol engine and 1.2 diesel engine both having their power transmitted through an automatic gearbox transmission. The estimated price of the XUV100 is 4-5 lakhs. So there is no doubt that the XUV100 is going to be a game changer for Mahindra if it does well against the hatchback segments of the Indian automobile industry. The XUV100 is most likely to be a six-seater which means more space as to what the hatchbacks offer in the same price range of 4-5 lakhs.
The XUV100 will rival the Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10 and the Chevrolet Beat. on the contrary the Facelifted Quanto will stand upright against the Maruti Ertiga. The XUV100 which is the second model of Mahindra built on the monocoque platform which basically points at having the chassis integrated with the body. This means that the XUV100 will be more spacious which adds on to the features that this vehicle has to compete with its rivals.
It would be interesting to see what will happen to the much talked about SUV like feature that Renault Kwid has to offer with the XUV100 being equally compact with realistic SUV features. Indeed it’s the compact SUVs that are drawing the attention and are growing day by day to be the most popular segment in the Indian automobiles industry. It’s yet to be seen whether the XUV100 will capitalize on this.
Mahindra is looking forward to rise up to the top at a fast pace in the small SUV segment and defeat its rivals with the launch of the XUV100. Adding fuel to this will also be the Mahindra Quanto which will be relaunched for good.