Mahindra to work with Nissan to develop electric vehicles

Mahindra is an acclaimed Indian based auto manufacturer, its main specialty is sport utility vehicles, with the launch of eminent products like XUV500, Bolero, and Scorpio and so on. Apart from SUV’s the company has explored advanced auto engineering technologies with the launch of e20 electric vehicles. Mahindra is keen to work on joint partnership basis with Nissan and launch electric vehicles in India.

Mahindra Nissan Tie-Up develop electric vehicles

Mahindra Nissan Tie-Up develop electric vehicles

Company officials from Mahindra and Nissan stated that they are keen to collaborate with each other to promote electric vehicle technology. Nissan has already signed joint agreement partnerships with Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda, and announced that collaboration will be centered on charging infrastructure of electric cars.

Mahindra introduced the e20 on joint partnership basis with Reva , the car looks trendy, and operates on powerful lithium ion battery charge. It takes five hours for the battery to charge, and the assured distance after a complete charge is 20km, and the charge capacity is 220 volt 15 Ampere socket. The fuel used is three phase induction motor. E20 is an eco-friendly car, and is a boon to preserve the clean and green nature of environment.

The three phase electric motor emits admirable energies of 53Nm torque and 19kW power. The e20 is engineered with automatic transmission gearbox, which is ideal to run an electric vehicle. It is not too practical to use a manual transmission gearbox, because the shifting of gears will drain out battery power, the automatic gearbox is perfect for a smooth ride encounter. The concern here is the battery will wear out easily after a complete charge. The highest speed attained is 81kmph.

The e20 looks grand and sophisticated from the outside; the insides pose similar great surprises. The cabin room is enormously spacious more than the earlier model. It is a two door car, and front seats have to bend down for occupants to enter. There is sufficient head and knee space, the front portion looks magnificent and radiates with a professionally styled dashboard. The air con is strategically placed and can be accessed and operated easily. The seats are comfy and the digital system looks high-tech and provides essential information on speed display, message display, battery status, and odometer and drive mode.

Nissan’s much-admired electric vehicle launch is Leaf; the new model has been launched in America and is a chic car. The car maneuvers on electric EM 61 engine, and the fuel efficiency value is 80kmpl, which is phenomenal for an electric car. The engine yields impressive power and torque outputs of 280Nm and 109PS.

Nissan Leaf operates on robust 192 laminated lithium ion battery that churns 24kWh power and 360 Volts. The engine is attached to solo speed automatic transmission gearbox. Leaf is great with regard to pick up, and the highest speed attained is 144 km per hour. The car can zoom up to 0 to 100 km ph in just 12 seconds. When fully charged the car can cover 175 km, and the battery charging time is 7to 8 hours.

The insides of Leaf look high-tech and colorful with grey color theme and sprinkles of blue illumination. Mahindra and Nissan have emerged with innovative electric models, and a product of joint efforts of two firms will surely be world class.

Scorpio facelift will have contemporary interiors

Mahindra’s new Scorpio facelift project is the talk of the town; the car has been captured numerous times in the form of spy shots. Till now the focus was on the exterior elements hidden under thick skin, and little information was revealed on the interiors. The new Scorpio facelift has undergone cosmetic modifications, and the exterior changes were new back and front bumper designed and re-structured headlights. The interiors details have been exposed, and this time in a more radiating form with up market décor.

Mahindra Scorpio facelift front spypicture

The earlier Scorpio had a décor which was more country side, and Mahindra has introduced urbane upgrades into the Scorpio facelift. The color theme is royal black and beige, with sprinkles of light brown. The oval air con vents are replaced with more suave chrome decorated rectangular decoration on glossy piano base. There is a neatly styled Scorpio logo slotted beneath AC vent and there are a couple of glove boxes in place of the mundane handle on front compartment.

The surprise package is the centre console, and has all the possible reliable pieces of information with satellite navigation, fuel reading and back camera display. The up market identity is visible on air con knobs, and the design is similar to the ones fitted on XUV500. The most loaded models might have the automatic climate control feature.

Unlike the earlier Scorpio model, the newly designed centre console looks more refined and less unruly and blends in well with dashboard. Those who have driven the current Scorpio will be able to spot a vast difference in the fitment of power switches on the upcoming facelift. The power switches are now stacked on doors and not the dash. The gear knob is tailored with finer ingredients, and the creativity lies in a square shaped design. Next to the gear knob is 12 volt socket.

The design of the steering wheel is same as XUV500, and has number controls, the instrument panel is brand new compared to current Scorpio, and the modernization is evident in chic multi info display setting, and twin dial structure. The layout of switchgear is identical to present model.

The new Scorpio facelift is fitted with potent 2.2 liter mHawk engine that churns 120bhp and 2.5 liter m2DiCR power train that yields 75bhp. The two engines are attached to five speed manual transmissions.

The Scorpio facelift will arrive in a new more modern identity from the earlier piece. For those who can’t wait the launch date is during the end of 2014, and since it is a transformation from rustic to urbane, it will be dearer than present Scorpio.

It will be interesting to view the Scorpio facelift with contemporary interiors; images of the insides of the car have been uploaded on the web. A picture of the front compartment has been taken and it looks amazingly grand. The trio black, back and scattering of brown is apparent on the images. The dashboard is painted with a fine brown, the steering wheel is beige and the seats are combination of black and grey colors. The inner components look picturesque and one can wonder how wonderful the real car will look.

Mahindra S101 Vs Tata New Safari Storme

Mahindra and Mahindra is still India’s market leader SUV segment which has maintained its leadership status despite facing increasing competition from local and international car makers. While the automaker has an impressive lineup of SUV’s like Scorpio, Bolero, XUV500 and Xylo Tata Motors which is its only strong domestic competitor has an equally strong portfolio comprising Sumo, Safari, Xenon XT, Aria and Safari Storm. To meet rising demand for both compact and large sports utility vehicles Mahindra has recently revamped its Scorpio and will be launching it soon with two under production compact SUV’s namely the S101 and S102. The S101 from Mahindra has been photographed several times with its camouflage on testing on Indian roads and is a compact SUV likely to be launched by festival season of 2015. The Tata Safari Storme is among most recognized SUV’s in India and its latest revision based on Aria has already helped it garner 6000 orders within months of launch pushing waiting period to 6 weeks.

mahindra s101 rendering

Engine Specifications – The new Tata Safari Storme now has a powerful 2.2 liter 16V Varicor diesel engine which has displacement capacity of 2179cc. Output capacity of this powerful engine at 138 bhp and torque of 320 Nm makes it ideal for off road exercise as it now has a lighter chassis and five speed manual transmission system.

The yet unrevealed Mahindra S101 will be presented first as diesel variant and depending on demand its makers may bring in petrol option too. To give power and pickup to this diesel powered variant Mahindra will enhance its engine with twin turbo system like Quanto along with three cylinder manual transmission system.

Design Specifications: Expansive and muscular the Tata Safari Storm has an impressive front fascia with wide hood and honeycomb stylish honeycomb grille flanked by slim headlights cluster with sharp xenon lights and projector lens for better visibility in dark nights. Box like body design with muscular wheel arches and 16 inch alloy wheels with side stepper improve overall appearance of this powerful utility vehicle. The car lacks fog lights in front and air-dam built into lower section of front bumper.

As per reports on websites the Mahindra S101 has sub 4-meter body which will be offered as a 5 seater compact SUV built on monocoque chassis with short bonnet designed in similar style as Mahindra’s XUV 500. Spy pictures also show that S101 has a spare tyre mounted on rear door and front façade has vertical grille and car is mounted in 15 inch radial tyres for better road grip.

Safety and Suspension Features – The Tata Safari Storme has ABS, EBD and engine immobilizer with independent hydraulic brakes provides effective control over tough terrain. Its double wishbone and 5 link suspension system with coil springs is apt for this vehicle as passengers are also offered security of airbags, impact beams and crumple zones.  Though no official details about Mahindra S101 is available it is likely to be offered with basic essentials of airbags, seatbelts, brake assist, hill assist and strong suspension system along with braking technology of disc and drum brakes.

M&M’s subsidiary SsangYong Motors venturing into new markets

Indian auto major Mahindra and Mahindra’s purchase of Korean ailing carmaker SsangYong has been profitable venture bringing great returns to both. Though critics were dismissive of this partnership and had stated that M&M would have to sell it off within a few years SsangYong has been able to increase profits through exports within 5 year. With financial and technical assistance from Mahindra SsangYong is thriving and growing at a steady with exports spread across Asia, Russia and China. Its exports have grown from a low of 53500 units during 2009 to 81679 units in 2013 with a short gap of 5 years. This technology savvy company is adept at making hybrid plugin cars as well as conventional fuel cars.

Ssangyong Korando C

Ssangyong Korando C

The carmaker was going facing a financial crisis when it was taken over by Mahindra which has managed to turn it around and achieve record revenue of with growth in domestic sales and exports. During last financial year of 2013 SsangYong’s total sales amounted to 145,649 units comprising sales in both domestic markets and exports. Encouraged by this growth SsangYong’s management has set its sales targets for 300,000 units by 2016 which is ambitious but achievable if markets grow at a steady pace. When Mahindra rescued SsangYong from financial crisis it had accumulated losses running to several lakhs and it took steady momentum of profits and growth which continued sine than for the firm to clear off losses and break even within a few years’ time.

During 2013 SsangYong Motor Company has been able to sell around 56 percent of its total production in international markets as exports therefore it was posted growth of 21 percent in its annual revenues for 2013. The firm has drawn up profitable partnerships in European nations like Germany, Netherlands and Belgium with local dealers which have helped the sell products at a rapid pace. SsangYong has a vast and profitable market in China which is ranked now as largest car market in the world. It therefore managed to sell nearly 6321 units to China in 2013 which accounted for 85 percent of total exports. SsangYong has developed a policy of   continuous innovation and reduction of unnecessary expenditure which has helped in reducing operating losses by nearly a tenth.

SsangYong’s CEO Lee Yoo-il stated that since the firm has been able to make great inroads into China’s car market it will be increasing sales outlets from existing 130 to 180 by end of 2014. To expand its outreach in Russian markets SsangYong has tied up with leading local automotive group Sollers to sell 160,00 units by 2017. During last financial year in 2013, SsangYong managed to surpass previous year’s record of 32328 units to sell around 35897 units. The firm has a significant presence in Chile which is its third largest market after China and Russian where SsangYong sold 9864 units in 2013. It has rapid plans of expansion into hitherto unexplored markets therefore is increasingly participating in international auto shows in Geneva, New York and Beijing to showcase its products.

Mahindra launches the ruggedly attractive XUV500 in Nepal

Indian SUV major Mahindra and Mahindra which already has a sizeable presence in Himalayan nation Nepal with sales of tractors and farm equipment is soon going to launch entry level model of its popular sports utility car XUV 500 during April 2014. The XUV 500’s W4 model was launched in India during November 2013 to compete against top variants of Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster.  This car will be available for a base  price of INR.29 lakhs while the W6 is sold at INR 30 lakhs. The car’s premium pricing is due to additional features comprising  steel reinforced bumper guard and side stepper made of similar materials. Its interior features are similar to Indian model with comfortable leather seats, air-conditioner with rear vents, 2Din audio system and chrome highlights on central console, doors and steering wheel.

Mahindra XUV500

According to local media reports from Nepal, though the W4 XUV 500 is offered in India with several features the model in Nepal lacks several of them comprising of touchscreen display, DVD player, automatic wipers, fog lights, climate control technology for air-conditioner and also adjustable driver’s seat. To make up for lack of these features Mahindra has presented the W4 XUV 500 with cruise control, steering mounted controls for audio and remotely managing cover of fuel tank and trunk effectively. In Nepal, Mahindra cars are distributed and sold by local partner Agni Incorporated as a authorized distributer for entire country.  Since its launch the XUV 500 range has been doing reasonably good numbers with sales of 3300 units every month.

In Nepal, Mahindra sells three variants of XUV 500 comprising of entry level W4, mid-level W6 and also its top end model W8. Due to popular demand Mahindra will sell the top end W8 with both 2WD and 4WD. Besides these cars Mahindra may also soon sell battery car models Reva2 and e2o in Nepal like it is presently selling in Bhutan. The  hybrid version of XUV 500 was recently showcased in Auto Expo at Delhi in February 2014 though Mahindra has not announced any plans to launch the product in Nepal though it is 18 percent more fuel efficient than diesel and petrol versions and has very low emission levels.

The XUV500’s importance in hilly region like Nepal is more due to its great off road ability assisted by tough exterior with equally tough underbody cladding. To improve its grip on mountain roads the XUV 500 has powerful  17 inch radial alloy wheels which have good road grip. The car also has strength of disc and drum brakes that do not allow car to slip easily while moving uphill or downhill along with Hill Hold and Hill Decent controls. Mahindra has ensured safety of its passengers by installing features of ABS, EBD and engine immobilizer along with side impact beams to minimize injury in case there is a crash.  To give it a premium feel the XUV 500 W4 has a body colored luggage rack on roof rails and indicator blinkers on ORVM’s though it has side indicators with headlights cluster.

Mahindra Reva introduces the Goodbye Fuel Hello Electric scheme for e20

Mahindra Reva has launched an innovative piece last year called e20 electric vehicle. The company has not been able to gather desired profits with the car, and to push sales Mahindra Reva has launched an interesting scheme called Gooodbye Fuel Hello Electric scheme. The aim of the scheme is ease the burden of purchase, customers can roll out only Rs 5 lakhs for the automatic electric car, and save loads of money on battery, with the payment of monthly fee of Rs 2,599. Apart from the initiative to save chunks on battery, the monthly charge scheme enables consumers to cover greater distances which stretch to 800kms in a month and 50,000 kms in five years. Consumers will only have to pay for distance and not maintenance.

Reva e20

Auto firms all over the globe are stressing on the importance of electric cars, and Mahindra Reva has adopted an efficient plan to promote the importance of electric vehicles, through the launch of a reliable monthly charge scheme. A lot of investment and research is thrown into the electric car segment, because of the need to preserve the environment and avoid life-threatening respiratory disorders. The public is still not too familiar with the importance of electric cars, and because there are many more fuel cars, people are yet not open to exploring a novel form of automobile technology. Mahindra Reva’s Goodbye Fuel Hello Electric initiative is beneficial to emphasize on how electric car technology is cost effective and efficient.

Goodby Fuel Hello Electric is a 24×7 assistance scheme, which is also an attractive platform to stress on the usefulness of electric vehicles. On the introduction of the new scheme, the Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, Chetan Maini said ‘’the customer response for e20 has till now been impressive. With the introduction of Goodbye fuel, hello electric scheme, the vehicles will be more feasible, the benefits of the scheme are robust battery performance and lower maintenance. ‘’

Over the past few years, significant importance is given to eco-friendly electric and hybrid vehicles. Mahindra with Goodbye fuel hello electric scheme is emphasizing on the value of electric cars, through monthly battery payment. This way customers can save on battery, than re-charge batteries every day, it is a more reliable approach to obtain one time battery that will last for a month, and replace it with another one. The amount of money that goes into replacing a battery after a year of usage is much more than monthly payment.

One of the reasons for e20 to not record admirable sales for Mahindra Reva could be the public perception of depending on battery technology, which might not sound as convenient as filling fuel. The primary reason for the public to not go after electric cars is the weak infrastructure in India, with minimal resources for charge stations. The Goodbye fuel hello electric scheme might be a trigger for a change in perception towards electric car technology, because it is more convenient to buy a new battery on a monthly basis.

XUV500 diesel hybrid engineered with breakthrough technology

Auto firms throughout the globe are working on hybrid cars apparent with eco-friendly products like Toyota Prius, Camry, Nissan Leaf and many others. Mahindra a powerful auto firm in India has explored the SUV segment to the core with the launch of pioneering creations like XUV500, Scorpio, Bolero, Quanto and many others. The most popular among the list is XUV500, and Mahindra is keen to introduce a hybrid version of XUV500. The company has invested a fair bit into the clean and green technology segment with the launch of e20 electric car built on joint partnership basis with Reva.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500 stole the show at the highly acclaimed 2014 auto expo; it is interesting to view a hybrid version of XUV500, appreciated for its ground breaking monocoque chassis technology and swift movement inspired by Cheetah. There was a huge crowd gathering around XUV500, the Chief Executive of the automotive division of Mahindra Pravin Shah said, ‘’we aim to strengthen the exemplary quality of XUV500 at a global level. We are keen to bring in many more electric vehicles, and the various projects we undertake is a reflection of the company’s brilliant team. XUV500 hybrid is the company’s first diesel hybrid car.’’

Hybrid cars apart from being admirably eco-friendly offer greater power than regular models. Company officials have stated that XUV500 hybrid will be more powerful than the existing car by 18%. The President and Executive Director in the automotive and farm equipment sector of Mahindra, Pawan Goenka said, ‘’the hybrid variant of XUV500 fits into ‘’accessible technology’’ and the firm is designing a sustainable mobility solution that would include alternative technology that would later enable commercialization initiatives. Mahindra has not provided details on the exact launch date of the car, and the price details have not been disclosed as well.

The latest advancement in electric car technology involves the usage of potent lithium ion batteries. The recent theories hence involve combination of breakthrough engine as well as charge technologies. In tune with most recent advances Mahindra will engineer the XUV500 hybrid diesel with robust lithium ion battery charge, along with electric engine. This is how the technology works, the electric engine will assist diesel engine during the process of acceleration and the batteries are recharged with the aid of regenerative braking patterns, and also during application of brakes. The breakthrough technology injected into the car is Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor. The combination of advanced technologies will render a class performing fuel efficiency.

The XUV500 hybrid diesel displayed at 2014 auto expo looked similar to the current model. There were however slight variation apparent on transparent hood. Mahindra has brought in a reliable piece to tide over the challenges of increased fuel costs. XUV500 hybrid diesel is filled with greater technologies from the regular model; it is the presence of innovative battery technology that makes the difference.

The hybrid diesel XUV500 revealed at 2014 Auto Expo was a classy white and black model. The car is certainly a source of inspiration to fight sky rocketing fuel costs and pollution.

Mahindra & Mahindra may lose its edge in the increasingly competitive UV market of India

It is forecasted that India’s utility vehicle leader Mahindra & Mahindra will lose its major market shares in the domestic market in the coming years. As per the IHS Automotive industry researcher in the overall UV segment, Mahindra’s shares will dwindle to as low as 28 percent by the year 2018 from the current 51 percent. Mahindra is currently the ruling SUV king in India with it’s over a decade old top selling models Scorpio and Bolero. The Indian SUV major is witnessing great competition in the UV1 or the compact SUV segment which is increasingly getting popular, and where Mahindra has a very weak presence.

mahindra bolero special edition

Market experts also say that as the Indian market is getting matured and is developing very fast, the monopoly days have now come to an end. Lots of global majors are pouring in their latest offerings in India and the young Indian consumers now have the choice to their cars from a wider range of vehicles. The Indian consumers have also become very experimental now and don’t go for cars simply because they come from a popular brand. The tradition breaking attitude of the consumers has also ensured that no company can monopolize the market without providing marvelous international quality cars.

Though Mahindra’s offerings are really commendable, its weak presence in the compact SUV market can prove to be its downfall. The immensely popular compact SUV segment is getting more and more new cars, while Mahindra has none other than the aging and lesser popular Quanto. The number of newer vehicles in this segment will quickly increase in the next two years time and consumers will have several manufacturers and models to choose from. As per the market experts, though Mahindra will not suffer in sales volumes, it will suffer badly in terms of market shares. The Indian car major has only one way to save itself from this situation and that is to release multiple sophisticated products, especially in the compact SUV segment. And this is actually possible for the company if it works in close with the company’s Korean subsidiary Ssangyong. Mahindra has to work fast enough to keep pace with the fast expanding compact SUV market, or else it will surely lose major shares.

As per the prediction of the IHS Automotive, the Utility Vehicle segment is expected to grow by up to 84 percent in terms of volumes from the current 6,14,493 vehicles in 2013 to the expected 11,29,767 vehicles in 2018. Mahindra & Mahindra’s current market share in this segment is 51 percent at 3,10,568 vehicles.

A lot of other car majors will offer their compact SUVs in the domestic market very soon and Mahindra will face further tough competition. All the top car manufacturers in India such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Honda have plans to launch many new offerings in the UV segment including MPV, sub-compact and compact SUVs in the sub-Rs.10 lakh range.

New 2014 Mahindra Scorpio continues to draw attention by getting spotted during tests

The upcoming refreshed Mahindra Scorpio has perhaps broken all records for getting spotted during its road tests. The new 2014 facelift model of the iconic Scorpio has been caught by the spying shutterbugs time and again. This time again, an ardent reader of a reputed auto portal has spotted the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio while it was testing on the roads of Chennai. However, this time around the SUV’s new styling seems to have been finalized by Mahindra. The Scorpio facelift is speculated with tons of new features and equipments. The test mule’s headlights, front grille, bumpers and fog light enclosures all seemed to be production ready though it was spotted with its usual heavy camouflages.

2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift front

2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift front

Despite the heavy veils that the latest test mule of the new refreshed Scorpio was spotted with, it seems that the vehicle has been endowed with different headlight clusters. Considering the outlines, it can be figured out that the new facelift model has got noticeably bigger headlight clusters as compared against the Scorpio’s current model. It has been also noticed several times previously that the new model of the Scorpio will also boast of new LED tail lights, though Mahindra is expected to keep the tail light cluster arrangement same as the current Christmas tree arrangement.

It has been also reported several times that the new facelift Scorpio is going to be endowed with a new front fascia, which will look similar to that of the premium XUV500. Mahindra is said to be making the Scorpio more premium apart from making more styling and contemporary. Thus, the SUV is expected to get an array of changes and additions both on the exterior as well as on the interior front. Mahindra is primarily employing some features and design aspects from the XUV500 to make the Scorpio more alluring, though it will get individual styling elements on the exterior.

On the inside, the iconic Mahindra Scorpio will also get endowed with new design layout, new upholstery, restyled dashboard layout and additional features. It will get a new leather wrapped steering wheel borrowed straight from its larger and premium cousin XUV500. A redesigned instrument cluster and new infotainment system with a large display are also expected to be offered.

When the mechanical bits are concerned, the powertrains are expected to remain same as the new Scorpio is only a facelift model. However, as Mahindra is making comprehensive changes in the new model, the current 2.2 liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel motor that delivers 120 bhp of max power and 290 Nm of peak torque is expected to be tweaked for better power figures. The Scorpio is offered with the transmission choice of a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic gearboxes, and the same transmission are expected to be offered in the new 2014 model as well.

The new 2014 refreshed Mahindra Scorpio is expected to be launched towards the end of this year, during the festive season.

Source: IAB

New SsangYong Korando Price

Indian auto major’s South Korean subsidiary, Ssangyong Motor has announced the launch of the new 2014 Korando Turismo on 4th of April. The new improved 2014 Korando Turismo has gone on sale in the home market of South Korean and is now all focused in enhanced experience, safety, more comfortable interior and improved convenience for an overall superior drive.

2014 Ssangyong Korando C front red color

The new 2014 Korando Turismo model has also included the very responsive and speed sensitive power steering wheel across all the trim models as standard. This as a result will cause the weight of the steering wheel feel different as per the speed of the vehicle and will thus offer more safety and the pleasure of driving to the drivers.

The new Ssangyong Korando Turismo also comes with greater convenience specifications and enhanced interior space and comfort for the customers to get more out of the new model. Ssangyong claims that as the company has increased the size of the head rests of the seats and as the floor mat, the vehicle now offers more comfort and spaciousness.

The current 2014 Ssangyong Korando Turismo has been priced at 25.2 million won-36.24 million won for the 11 seater version, while the 9 seater version is tagged at 27.45 million won to 36.27 million won. The high-end model trims or the Hi Limousine model Chateau for the 9 and 11 seater models has been priced at the range of 47.17 million won to 47.37 million won.

The present generation Ssangyong Korando Turismo is a huge improvement over the previous generation model, which was criticized as one of the ugliest vehicles. The new-gen Korandi Turismo has had a design revolution which made it a bestselling model propelling its sales massively and making the manufacturer struggle to cope up with the demands. The latest-gen Korando Turismo has been an instant hit with its more spacious and luxurious interiors and a hugely improved style quotient that what it offered in its first avatar that was introduced in 2004.

The new-gen Korando Turismo offers bold and stylish appeal with large headlight clusters, a huge wide front grill, dual air dams, stylish tail lights and rear bumper. The side profile is also attractive with the quarter glass new great alloy wheels.

The new-gen Korando Turismo also offers more plush and spacious interiors with 4 spoke steering wheel, stylish overall design layout and a large infotainment screen.

The new-gen Korando Turismo has retained its powertrains. It derives its power from a 2.0 liter diesel engine that delivers 155bhp of max power and a 3.2 liter petrol engine with an all four wheel drive system.

The new 2014 model thus only improves on the very best features of the new-gen Korando Turismo, which is expected to boost its popularity and its sales even better drawing more figures and profits to Ssangyong.

Mahindra & Mahindra has been planning to bring in the Korando Turismo or the new Rodius to India and is currently studying the market for its success feasibility.