Mahindra building inventory for the soon to launch refreshed Scorpio

As per the recent reports, Mahindra & Mahindra is indeed going to launch the much awaited new Scorpio facelift model soon enough. As per the reports, the Indian car maker wishes to pile up enough stock of the vehicle before officially launching it in India, and has thus already started production of the new Scorpio.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift left

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift left

Mahindra is obviously expecting massive demands to follow the launch of the Scorpio facelift, as the vehicle is highly speculated and awaited one, and has created enough buzz already without any attempts of creating the same by the car maker.

The reports further say that Mahindra & Mahindra has commenced the production of the new 2014 refreshed Scorpio and has been producing 100 units per day of the refreshed SUV since August 1ever since.

It is being said that the Indian utility vehicle leader wants to build up an inventory of at least 5,000 units of the Scorpio facelift model, prior to its official market launch. This is because Mahindra wishes to avoid or considerably reduce the shortage of supply issues post the vehicle’s launch in India. Mahindra & Mahindra does not wish to keep its customers waiting for long to get their own new Scorpio, as happened with the XUV500 after its market debut. The Indian car maker faced tough supply shortage after the first launch of the XUV500 in India three years ago. The XUV500 witnessed high demands in the domestic car market of India, but Mahindra did not have enough inventories to cater to the demands. Some of the Mahindra dealership outlets in India had to latch on a waiting period of 15 months to the XUV500 due to the supply issue. Naturally, this translated in Mahindra’s losing out on some of the customers to some rival SUV models.

The upcoming facelift model of the iconic Mahindra Scorpio SUV is going to be comprehensive makeover. The facelift SUV will get design alterations both on the outside as well as on the inside. It will get refreshed bonnet design, new larger headlight clusters with projector headlamps, a newly designed front grille, newly designed alloy wheels, new LED tail lamps set in the same format apart from other subtle changes.

On the inside, the new Scorpio SUV is going to have more up-market and plush materials, fit and finish. It will get a new dashboard design, new instrument cluster and some added features along with an expected large screen for the infotainment system. The refreshed Scorpio is also expected to borrow some of XUV500’s features including its steering wheel.

As it is going to be a refreshed version, the new Scorpio will continue with its 2.2 liter 4-cylinder diesel motor under the hood. However, Mahindra has tweaked the engine to reduce NVH levels, while also stiffening the suspension settings for an overall enhanced ride quality.

The new refreshed Mahindra Scorpio is expected to launch in October this year and is speculated to be have a price bracket of around 8.5-13 lakhs.

The new e20 has better drive rhythm and battery technology

Mahindra launched a revolutionary product in 2013 March, called e20 electric vehicle, the world is debating on the beneficial effects of electric cars, and e20 has redefined the spirit of mobility in India. The company lately launched the new model, and car fanatics will surely be curious about the drive dynamics of the car, and will want to immerse in it. A group of people who have driven the car have given their reviews.

2014 Mahindra Reva e2o T2

2014 Mahindra Reva e2o T2

The initial perception of driving e20 will seem perplexing because it is a different mode of drive from current conventional fuels. The opinion is opposite of people who have driven the car, it is like driving any other vehicle, the visibility effect is great and its small measurement makes driving it a pleasure.

E20 runs on battery charge and driving it will create worry chills, it was a sense of fear for the group; especially on a barren far away land. A person in the car said, his eyes were drawn to the range reading meter on dashboard; there was a fear of electricity blackout, and the group were so anxious that they shortened the drive time. The car has all the convenient and enjoyment factors in the form of satellite navigation, electrically adjustable mirrors, Bluetooth and touchscreen.

Despite the natural common worries, the improved electric vehicle is built to ease out tension; it can cover vaster distances on complete charge. The earlier model covered 80km, and then wears out; the new one goes 120km with no hassle whatsoever. The engineering fitments are more advanced in the new model with electrically assisted power steering to enable smooth drive at low speed; the vehicle is designed to cater to hard core urban roads.

Sources found the new car to be more reliable, driving it for the first time was worrisome, and the group decided to adhere to a particular path, in order to prevent using indicators. As the journey progressed the sense of anxiousness reduced considerably. The new e20 was able to move through three digit distance figures and the battery power was more potent than the old vehicle. Now to unveil the secret behind the increased power, the battery technology is new and the vehicle is constructed to absorb greater levels of charge.

The momentum of steering can be compared to any other regular fuel vehicle, and sources say it is much like Tata Nano. The new e20 is well structured; it is compact to a level that it can just move freely, with just little pressure on accelerator. Parking was another pre-conceived tough hurdle, more so in jam packed parking spots. It was a breeze to just push the vehicle into condensed parking areas; the smoothness of electrically assisted system makes the entire process easy. The movement of steering is flexible and light, the transmission of power is smooth as well.

There are issues with the new e20 to take note of; sources were not satisfied with the lethargic rack. The initial take off is slow, it takes time to get used to the steering, and the effect is quite pronounced even while changing lanes. Mahindra has improved the latest e20 vehicle, and it is a step to push the power of eco-friendly cars. Few years from now one can expect many more e20’s on the street.

A fascinating encounter of capturing three spy Scorpio cars

Mahindra has an exciting new launch under the wraps called new Scorpio facelift. The car was captured several times and each time the story just got more and more interesting. The new Scorpio facelift was spotted again, this time close to Goa and interestingly three cars were captured.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift left

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift left

It is certainly exhilarating to spot three camouflaged Scorpio cars, and the vehicles were spotted in a puddle of water, it may have been a harsh rain day. Mahindra is most likely showcasing the inner ability of the vehicle to breezily move on layers of water. Car enthusiasts have viewed newly designed taillights and headlights. From the beginning till now the new Scorpio facelift is an attention grabber, the earlier spy models showed captivating details in the form of robust LED elements on taillights and projector beams on headlights. The car will have a refreshed grille and alloy wheels.

The interiors of Scorpio facelift is a twist from the past, the layout of dashboard is new, and the newness is scattered also visible on power window pods, center console, air con vents and instrument cluster. The steering wheel will sport a more contemporary design and the effect is greater than XUV500. Mahindra will engineer the vehicle with greater engineering theories, the car will have superior suspension, reduced noise, vibration and harshness levels and improved gearbox. Nothing has changed on the engine front, the car will move on the same four cylinder 2.2 liter diesel power train.

Scorpio facelift is not just a new Scorpio launch; it’s filled with new surprises all over. The SUV market has become a fiercely competitive sector in the past few years. There has been so many new launches such as Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Volkswagen Taigun. Despite the intense competition Mahindra has the power to recuperate its lost popularity, since it is the first to plunge into this segment, and gain a strong foothold.

Years before the market was filled with new SUV’s, Mahindra’s most common fierce competitor was Tata Motors. Now the competition market has surged, but Mahindra is in tune with the rivalry inscribed in the development of Scorpio facelift. The due arrival date is 2014 October, the peak of festive season, and is the best time to buy a new vehicle.

Scorpio facelift is packed with new innovation, ardent Scorpio fans will be thrilled with the mere thought of the car launching. It is going to be a hard one to beat and its fierce rivals are Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and Renault Duster. The expected price range is Rs 8.5 to 13 lakhs.

It is just a month away from the arrival of Scorpio facelift, as the launch date nears, details of the spy vehicle gets more and more interesting. It is a rare yet exhilarating sight to view three Scorpio facelift cars. It will be fascinating to view customer sentiment levels post launch, and it will surely rock the streets.

2014 Mahindra Reva e2o T2 style review

The Mahindra Reva e2o electric vehicle has had a lot of reviews ever since it launched back in March 2013. All these reviews obviously concentrated on the technological brilliance of this all electric passenger car, all the more to educate the Indian car buyers who have little knowledge and taste for the environment friendly EVs.

2014 Mahindra Reva e2o T2

2014 Mahindra Reva e2o T2

We are taking a different approach here and looking at only the e2o’s design aspects both on the outside as well inside to see if it can effectively charm a modern stylish Indian car into buying it. First of all the huge, rough and tough SUV image that is patent with brand Mahindra has really nothing to do with the tiny little e2o electric hatchback. We surely love the Mahindra SUVs, but why not take a look at the little, green city car that the e2o is.  Mahindra Reva recently launched the premium T2 variant of the e2o, to offer more convenience, equipments and most importantly a better range of 120 km on a single charge.

Now, let us consider the e2o’s styling to see how it can appeal to a modern urban Indian:

Exterior

The Mahindra e2o is a picturesque little car that when runs on the roads does make a lot of heads turn. It has tiny proportions with a funky design language. The e2o can accommodate 4 passengers and comes in 2-door format.

The e2o has a fun and stylish face a large bug eyed two-barrel headlights that look as per the modern small city cars. The large honeycomb front grille adds to the good looks of the car’s front fascia. The rear design of the e2o is also peppy with bright and stylized LED tail lights. The side profile of the e2o is heightened with great character line and a particularly unique style element that incorporates a crevice in the window line to make the little car stand out as a handsome one.

The body of the e2o is made of a polycarbonate plastic glued to the main chassis to make it very light yet safe. The great thing is that the body panels are color pigmented which make them virtually scratch as well as dent proof to the relief of the owners.  The e2o with its great style also looks and feels like a proper mini city car than weird electric toy car.

Interior

Step into the e2o T2 and you get the same nicely styled car appeal. The cabin can comfortably fit in 4 adult occupants. The EV offers nicely designed leather seats that are comfortable and supportive. The access to the rear seats are made by folding the front bucket seats, as there are no rear doors. The entire cabin looks smart, neat and chic, while offered enough headroom and legroom for the occupants. Needless to mention, the car is also packed with many smart features.

Thus, the e2o is a great green city car to buy, while the T2 premium version makes it even better.

Mahindra & Mahindra gears up to expand its business into the US market

The largest utility vehicle maker of India Mahindra & Mahindra, after two years that it put its grand foray into UV market of U.S on hold, is again making small attempts to fulfill its dreams. Mahindra & Mahindra had huge plans of entering the utility vehicles as well as pick-up trucks segments in the United States which the Indian auto giant had kept on hold previously. Now, the company has started taking small steps to foray into this highly competitive international market.

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

Mahindra Bolero Camper Gold VX

It was learnt that the recently opened Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC) in Troy, Detroit that was mainly working on the products to be sold in the Indian market, has also been scheduled to work on several products that the Indian company wishes to offer in the U.S market. MNATC is expected to start its U.S products’ work in the second phase beginning in the financial year of 2016-17.

One of the main reasons behind Mahindra & Mahindra’s dropping its plans to enter the US market was the company’s failure to obtain an essential certification required to enter the U.S market, with massive developments of TR40 being done in India. However, with a plan of getting important product development infrastructure in the U.S and some of the engineers hailing from Detroit, the new Mahindra Center is expected to play a major development role in the plan. The Center now has around 50 engineers that will be getting expanded to about 200 in the coming few years’ time.

The present focus of the company is to commence the development process of the products that are meant for the Indian market. After the development process of the next-gen Quanto (codename U321) and Xylo (codename U421), which are expected to launch in India in 2016-2017, the MNATC is then expected to move on to the development commencement of the Global UVs and Pickup trucks which is likely to include the U.S as one of the target markets of the company.

Close sources say the plan of the company to re-enter the U.S is at an embryonic stage. Unlike other vehicle markets, the development process for the U.S market is more cumbersome, as it is most difficult, strictly regulated and high profile market in the globe.

Mahindra & Mahindra’s first started to dream about entering the US market back in 2004 after getting great success in its tractor business there. However, it was a very challenging attempt for over 6 years and involved more than $100 million investment. A legal dispute caused the Indian industrial giant to eventually give up on its expansion plans.

The company’s Executive Director, Dr. Pawan Goenka earlier said to the media personnel that since the company’s long term ambition is to be known as a leading SUV and pick-up manufacturer in the globe, it is natural for the company to sell and be successful in the U.S market, without which the company cannot call itself a premier performer in this segment.

Is the Mahindra XUV500 W4 variant an able SUV worthy of its price?

India is a price conscious market, and has a great taste for Sports Utility Vehicles. Now, even the urban compact SUVs are earning great demands. In such a time, the leading Indian SUV maker Mahindra & Mahindra has brought in a low-spec W4 base variant a of the very popular premium XUV500 SUV at just Rs.10.83 lakh. While the price tag is really alluring, take a look at the vehicle briefly to find out if it is really a value for money SUV.

Mahindra XUV500

Mahindra XUV500

Competition at the price point

The Mahindra XUV500 W4 is pitched against many more SUVs in the same price range that includes its own cousin Scorpio, the Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Tata Safari Storme and the Ford EcoSport. While the styling of the XUV500 may seem to be overrated, the majority of the Indian customers seem to like it a lot. However, in real terms the looks of the XUV500 W4 comes after the very appealing Ford EcoSport. At its price point, the W4 also overlaps the vehicles in other segments including the premium sedans such as the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna. But the ones who like the macho SUVs the most, even the classy sedans won’t do.

Equipments

The Mahindra XUV500 W4 lost a lot of equipments to accommodate the low price, but it still offers several great features to beat competition. The W4 also comes with Antilock Braking System and is more focused on what the customers really require.

2WD downside

At this price, the XUV500 W4 has a drawback in its only 2 Wheel Drive system. In This price, the Mahindra Scorpio comes with a 4WD system, while there is also the massive Safari Storme, and the Renault Duster 4×4 is also coming soon.

Interior Space

Space is always very important for SUVs. And the XUV500 W4 is a massive vehicle as compared against the compact SUVs like EcoSport and Duster. Thus, at the price point the XUV500 W4 certainly offers much greater space than its market competition.

Mechanical Specifications

The XUV500 W4 comes only in diesel version like all Mahindra SUVs, while its market rivals mostly come with petrol versions as well and this is a downside. However, the great thing is that the affordable W4 variant is powered by the same 2.2 Litre diesel engine as its higher and expensive variants. Also it comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox that is not offered by any of its market rivals.

Conclusion

To be honest, if you are a hardcore adventure-loving off-roader, then the Mahindra XUV500 W4 is really not your choice, as the vehicle does not offer a strong and steady performance on real off-roads and does not offer the required technology like ESP for stability on hilly roads.

However, the points that really go on the side of the Mahindra XUV500 W4 are its massive size, style and the unchanged mechanical specifications. Thus, the SUV is a great buy on the whole.

The new Mahindra Scorpio facelift’s official market launch is around the corner

The long awaited new refreshed Mahindra Scorpio was recently expected to be hitting the Indian car market in the festive season. However, as per the sources, the new Scorpio facelift (codenamed as the W105) could launch before that time frame as well.

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 001

Mahindra Scorpio Facelift 2015

According to a source, Mahindra is rolling out around 100 units of the new updated Scorpio out of its manufacturing facility since 1st of August, 2014. This clearly implies that the launch of the updated SUV is just around the corner and the Indian car maker wants to make sure that the company has enough stock of vehicles to dispatch to its dealership outlets across the country, before the vehicle’s market launch.

This is in keeping with Mahindra’s past sour experience of shortage of supply. When the Indian SUV master launched the XUV500 premium SUV in India, some of the dealerships had reported a waiting period for the vehicle of up to 15 months. This certainly had also affected the overall demands of the vehicle, as the customers really don’t wish to wait that long to take home their new car, and moves on to some other model.

As per the same source, Mahindra & Mahindra is building up an inventory of 5,000 units before it launches the new Scorpio facelift model in the market. The Mahindra Scorpio SUV has an iconic status in India and has a huge fan following in both the urban as well as the Indian rural markets. The Mahindra Scorpio has been selling very well in India and has average monthly sales of over 4,000 units. The launch of the new model is expected to boost the sales to a great extent.

The new Mahindra Scorpio facelift model is going to come with comprehensive makeover both on the outside as well as on the inside. The new 2014 updated Scorpio is expected to get a new front face with new larger grille, headlights with projector lamps, and refreshed bumper design. At the rear, the SUV will get new LED tail lights in the same Christmas tree arrangement. On the inside, the new Scorpio would get new better upholstery, fit and finish and some new features including a new large touch screen infotainment system and a new XUV500 borrowed steering wheel.

Under the hood, the new Mahindra Scorpio facelift will be retaining its engine, while Mahindra is expected to tweak the engine for better performance. A stiffer suspension for enhanced ride and handling is also likely to be on the cards.

If Mahindra really waits for a 5,000 unit stock of the Facelift Scorpio before launch, then the new Scorpio might arrive anytime within October.

An official confirmation regarding the Scorpio facelift’s launch from Mahindra & Mahindra is yet to be obtained. However, the new 2014 refreshed Scorpio SUV is now expected to arrive in the car market of India a good couple of weeks before Diwali, which is earlier than the previous speculations.

Mahindra & Mahindra contemplating expanding a plant for defense production

The Indian auto market is not exactly in its vigorous form. After a couple of years’ declined sales and pretty severe market slump, the Indian auto industry has just slowly begun to show signs of positive growth. While most of the car makers are happy to see the upcoming market revival in India, they are also looking into as many prospects to raise their profits as possible.

Mahindra rise new logo

Mahindra Rise New Logo

In such a situation, the India bred car makers seem to be the hardest hit ones. Indian utility vehicle leader, Mahindra & Mahindra being one of the car majors which is not very happy with its market performance yet is thus looking into the other avenues to boost the company’s income. According to recent reports Mahindra & Mahindra is going to invest heavily in the Indian defence operations, which the company thinks would be profitable in such times.

The Defence operations are in constant need of sturdy vehicles which Mahindra & Mahindra is very well known to manufacture. Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to boost its profits by selling its heavy duty vehicles specially manufactured for the Indian defence operations. Even Mahindra’s Indian fellow car major, Tata Motors is reported to be heavily investing in the defense operations, as the company’s situation is even worse than Mahindra when domestic sales are concerned.

In the month of July this year, the Indian Union Budget opened up the defense sector for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and significantly for the domestic segment. The Indian government has now allowed more private participation in the Indian defence manufacturing from this year onwards. Under the new FDI rules, the foreign companies can now form joint ventures along with the domestic vehicle manufacturers to produce parts as well as full systems for the Indian defence forces.

The Indian industrial major Tata Group has already announced that it is going to invest a staggering $35 billion (equivalent to Rs. 2,119 crore) within the next 3 years to expand its presence and operations in the new areas that include the Indian defence forces.  The company said that it is going to focus on a number of new sectors including the Indian defence sector in the coming years to expand its footprint in the home market.

Coming back to Mahindra & Mahindra and its plans to expand its operations in the Indian defence sector, the auto major already has commendable presence in the defence sector, as the company is responsible for manufacturing a number of armored vehicles that are used in the paramilitary forces at present. The auto major however is going to expand its presence further in the domain and the company has also announced about the same.

Mahindra & Mahindra has announced that the company will expand one of its facilities that is currently responsible for manufacturing parts for planes, including the ones that are used by the Indian Air Force. Mahindra will also invest heavily to expand its armored vehicles program as well as its radar systems production.

Mahindra Bolero continues to top the utility vehicles sales chart

The Mahindra Bolero has been the top selling utility vehicle in the Indian market for a long time now. Currently, despite a decline in average monthly sales, the Mahindra Bolero has still managed to retain the crown of the bestselling utility vehicle of the country. The Mahindra Bolero MUV has obtained the top position for the 4th consecutive month this year in the month of July, though the vehicle has seen a pretty sharp drop in sales by 12 percent as compared against the sales numbers of the vehicle in the same period a year ago.

mahindra bolero special edition

Mahindra Bolero Special Edition

On the other hand, one of the most popular compact UVs in India, the Ford EcoSport, which has been driving Ford India’s recently, getting its maker a lot of success, witnessed a sales drop. The Ford Ecosport declined down to the fourth spot, as the Toyota Innova MPV got great sales numbers that made it overtake both the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV to become the second most selling MPV in India.

The Toyota Innova registered sales numbers which was about 1,300 units less than that of the sales volumes of the top UV seller Mahindra Bolero. The Toyota Innova thus recorded a great 19 percent sales growth in domestic car market in the sales for the month of July 2014, as compared against the same month in the previous year. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV is continuing its strong market performance in India with a good 19 percent sales growth as compared against the sales numbers in the same month last year, and the vehicle managed to occupy the third position in the Indian segment after the Toyota Innova.

In the month of July this year, another Indian car major Honda India also entered the MPV segment by launching the Mobilio in the country. The Honda Mobilio launched in India on 23rd of July this year, and has received a phenomenal response from the Indian customers. Going by the huge response to the new Honda Mobilio a major reshuffle in the sales charts as well as the positioning of the leading MPVs in India are expected in the coming months.

In fact within just a week after its official market launch, the demand for the Honda Mobilio went over the roof, as the newly launched MPV registered an outstanding booking amount of more than 10,000 units. This demand for the Mobilio has also surpassed the sales expectations of Honda India by far. The Honda Mobilio is certainly going to get some astral sales numbers that will be out soon and will give the model’s closest market rival Maruti Suzuki Ertiga some sleepless nights. Maruti on the other hand, is continuing to offer heavy discounts on the popular Ertiga in order to keep customer interests intact.

Coming back to the Mahindra Bolero, the Indian car maker is busily working on the next-gen model of the Bolero along with its new compact avatar to boost the model’s sales.

Reva e20 Premium offers better features and convenience

Mahindra launched Reva e20 through joint partnership alliance with Reva Electric Vehicle Limited in 2013. It is a product of high-technology, but it is not doing too well. The company sold less than 1,000 e20 pieces last year, to combat the lower than expected sales, Mahindra Electric Vehicles Private Limited launched a new version of e20 called e20 Premium. The car is a step ahead of e20 packed with additional characteristics.

Mahindra e20

Mahindra e20

Mahindra Reva e20 Premium is sold at starting price of Rs 5.72 lakhs, the car will sell under the Goodbye Fuel Hello Electric scheme. It is a flexible scheme where consumers will have to roll out Rs 2,999 monthly package, and the maximum drivable distance is 50,000 km for five years.  The Goodbye Fuel Hello Electric scheme was introduced on e20 with a vision to push sales, the new e20 Premium car has been upgraded under the scheme, and customers can cover additional 120km distances.

Electric vehicles are the need of the hour, to create a clean and green atmosphere and also a more convenient mode of drive to reach desired destination at swift pace. The aim to launch e20 Premium with additional 120km distance is a good move, and the other interesting factor is the fitment of electric power steering. Mahindra e20 Premium is more or less similar to its predecessor, the similar characteristics are visible on parking assist, rear camera, driver information display and world class infotainment system.

Mahindra e20 Premium has excellent smartphone software system; customers can connect their phones and gather relevant information on battery power. The phone can be charged for long hours and the air con unit is efficient. Mahindra Reva said that it has installed 300 charging stations across major cities of Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, and hopes to increase the figure by another 100.

Mahindra is keen to dwell further into electric car segment and is working on developing electric variants of Verito sedan and Maxximo commercial vehicle. The two cars will launch sometime next year. Hybrid and electric car technology is the latest hot topic of research and development, apart from the zero to minimal emission part of it, hybrid fuel and lighter and more feasible to traverse through tough terrains.

Despite e20 not yielding profitable outcomes, Mahindra is keen to push this technology forward. Goodbye fuel Hello Electric is a strategy used to increase customer sentiment. It is a practical and smart approach, but it is still difficult to predict the outcome. The set up of 300 charge stations and an additional 100 is an effect strategy to boost customer sentiment.

Electric car technology has not picked up to a great extent in India, people feel more secure with conventional fuels despite the risks of leakage and heaviness. Not many are aware of electric charge stations; the monthly scheme will push customers towards buying Reva e20 Platinum. The car has more features that will draw customer attention.

It will be interesting to view the customer feedback response of Reva e20 Platinum; it might be a step ahead to many more launches.