While launching XUV500, the Indian vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed that another 3 new cars will be brought to market by the end of this year. Besides the three new cars, the company is also planning to launch 6 facelifts of the existing cars in the coming few months. The S101 micro SUV, U301 Bolero and the Quanto are the cars by the homegrown UV maker, which are found testing very often in last few months of interval and are very likely to be launched in this year.
Mahindra U301 Bolero: The company is working to replace its Bolero by the new SUVs, and is expected to start business from the festive season onwards. It will be powered by a 1.5 liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which can produce 100PS power along with 240Nm torque. The new bolero is expected to come with a different body size associated with a sub-four meter and a 7 seater arrangement. Besides this, the other features that are available are Bluetooth based music system, USB and aux-connection setups, silver accent added with a black dashboard, 3-spoke steering wheel, chrome lined instrument cluster and a gear knob. This new model is expected to be AMT based to challenge the other manufacturers. This model’s hydroformed ladder frame chassis design makes it compact and lighter as compared to current Boleros. However, research is still going on to increase its fuel efficiency and is expected to enter the market by the next September.
Mahindra S101: The increasing demand for compact SUVs has forced the leading homegrown UV maker Mahindra & Mahindra to plan for launching a micro SUV in India’s domestic market. The sub-four meter SUV is designed on a new monologue base and will be powered by the company’s new engine both in diesel and petrol version. The petrol version is available with a 1.2-litre capacity engine. With bench type seat arrangement in the front, the vehicle will be having 3+3 seating system. Studded with features like Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock braking facility and four airbags, the new Mahindra S101 is priced in a range around Rs 4 to Rs 4.5 lakh and expects rivals like Ecosport (Ford), Tata Motors and Nissan made upcoming SUVs.
Mahindra U215: This model (expected new generation Quanto SUV) is expected to come with new designs and a more rugged looks. This is expected to hit the domestic market by the mid of this year and will be the rival of Renault’s Duster and Ecosport by Ford. It will come with a five seater option leaving behind the boxy design. This model is also expected with new 3-pot motor to provide better fuel efficiency and to provide perfect value for money product. Though any major change in design and engine is not expected yet any cosmetic and mechanical tweaks are yet to be confirmed. This will be powered by a 1.5 litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine (produces 100bhp power) associated with a five speed manual transmission system.