The Auto Expo promises to be the biggest one till date with as many as 80 new vehicles slated to make their debut and an expected 7 lakhs footfall at the bi-annual event. Mahindra & Mahindra‘s pavilion looks all set to become one of the busiest as the manufacturer has showcased Ssangyong‘s next product for the domestic market. The event will also mark the debut of the much talked about Quanto facelift, which has been undergoing testing for quite some time now. The biggest highlight, however, has to be the Mahindra XUV Aero Concept, which not only serves as a pre-cursor to the manufacturer’s design direction, but could also spawn another best seller. Here’s the lowdown on what to expect Mahindra at Auto Expo 2016 along with pictures, expected price and launch details of the XUV Aero Concept.
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The manufacturer has showcased the XUV Aero concept, which appears to have taken inspiration from the GLE Coupe and X6 SUV-Sportscar crossovers. The XUV Aero has been fully design by Mahindra’s in-house designers and the new concept previews a stylish coupe-SUV that could be a production-reality in near future.
Currently the XUV Aero is merely a design study at the moment. Mahindra & Mahindra, however, could push this car into production after gauging the interest of the show-goers at the Auto Expo 2016. We believe that this vehicle, if it ever makes it to production, should retail for roughly INR 15-18 lakhs.
The new Mahindra XUV Aero Coupe SUV, much like the regular XUV, is powered by a 2.2-litre mHawk, 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Diesel engine. For the XUV Aero, however, this engine belts out a max. power of 210 bhp. The motor comes mated to a 6-Speed manual gearbox and the new model is expected to dismiss 100 km/h from standstill in just 6 seconds!
Here are a set of images of the Mahindra XUV Aero Coupe SUV
Since Ssangyong‘s acquisition by Mahindra, the only product that they have launched in World is the Rexton. However, the Auto Expo in 2016 will witness the debut of the Tivoli, which will become their second product for the Worldn market. The Tivoli is a small crossover roughly the same size as the Creta or Duster, but it will be marketed as a slightly more premium offering than the two.
Prices are expected to start at around INR 12 lacs for the base variants. Although it is similar in size to the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross, it will be a slightly more premium offering compared to those three.
|Length x Width x Height||4195x1795x1590 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1270/1430 kg|
|Wheel Type and Size||16”/18’’ Alloys|
|Engine Type/ Displacement||1.6 L petrol/1.6 L diesel|
|Power||128 PS/115 PS|
|Torque||160 Nm/300 Nm|
|Top Speed||170 kmph/175 kmph|
|Acceleration (0-100 km/h)||12 secs|
|Transmission (Gearbox)||6-speed manual/6-speed automatic|
Although the TUV300 is already taking care of Mahindra’s presence in the compact SUV space, the manufacturer is planning to give the Quanto a comprehensive makeover, which will be revealed at the Auto Expo. The Quanto, in its current avatar, was unable to find too many buyers and Mahindra will be hoping to turn things around with the upcoming facelifted model.
It will be interesting to see how Mahindra places the Quanto facelift in relation to the TUV300. Our guess is that the new model will slot in between the recently launched KUV100, and the TUV300. Which means a starting price of INR 6 lacs is what we’re expecting.
The facelift could share its engine and transmission options with the TUV300. The 1.5-litre diesel mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT is expected to power the Quanto facelift.
This will not be the first time that Mahindra will showcase the Verito EV, but they are expected to make an announcement regarding its launch this time around. The EV won’t come cheap as we expect it to be priced significantly higher than the standard diesel variant. The Verito Electric will be aimed at the taxi market and will benefit from the FAME scheme initiated by the Government last year.
Following the ban on 2000cc and above diesel engined vehicles, there have been constant reports of Mahindra working on petrol powered cars for the domestic market. Currently, petrol powered variants of the Scorpio and the XUV500 are being manufactured in World but for export markets only. There is a good chance that Mahindra might consider launching these models in World, seeing as the sales of the diesel powered Scorpio and XUV500 have been banned on the Senegal-NCR region.
So which of these upcoming Mahindra cars at Auto Expo 2016 interest you the most? Do let us know via the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest updates on Mahindra at Auto Expo 2016.