From the house of our own car makers Mahindra, the NuvoSport is the latest SUV. This car is the spruced up edition of the earlier Mahindra Quanto. The NuvoSport is a sub-compact SUV that has been given a new name and has also got some fresh styling with improved features, and also an AMT unit.
The Mahindra NuvoSport shares the same platform as the new generation Scorpio. In terms of its looks, the NuvoSport comes with a newly styled front face that has got a complete redesigning to make it look more aggressive and SUV-like. It has got overall dimensions of 3,985 mm length, 1,870 mm height and 1,850 mm width with a wheel base of 2,760 mm. The interiors of this car come with considerable makeover with better features and looks than the Quanto and fabulous boot storage of 412 litres.
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Mahindra NuvoSport will retain the Quanto's engine which is the 1.5 litre, 3-cylinder mHawk80 diesel mill, re-tuned for improved efficiency. The engine is capable of producing output of 100bhp with a max torque of 240Nm and comes with transmission options of a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 5 speed AMT (Automated Manual Gearbox). Mahindra Nuvo Sport also has been given a PWR and ECO mode, the latter producing less power and torque (180Nm) to offer better fuel efficiency. Mahindra NuvoSport price starts at 8.41 lakh (Delhi) and Mahindra NuvoSport TCO is around 8.19 lakh.
Honda is selling the BR-V as a compact SUV. It is quite a nice car to drive. But its appearance is more MPV-ish than SUV-ish. In fact, the redesigned front fascia with chrome accents looks slightly strong compared to its overall looks and design. Unveiled at the Auto Expo in February, the BR-V has been positioned above the Honda Mobilio.
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The front face of the Honda BR-V has got an exciting and strong look, while the interiors of the BR-V are quite smartly designed. With a fantastic boot space of 691litre, the third seat row inside the BR-V offers comfortable space when the seats are folded further down. The unique point about the BR-V is the three rows of seats which allow up to 7 people, which is 2 more than its competitors; whether this feature gives the BR-V an edge over its rivals need to be seen.
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The rear seats have their own AC vents. The BR-V comes in both diesel and petrol variants - a 1.6 litre 16 valve SOHC petrol and a 1.5 litre 16 valve DOHC diesel engine. The diesel engine comes with only manual transmission system whereas the petrol engine comes with both manual as well as CVT. The Honda BR-V has a ground clearance of 210mm along with 16 inch tyres. Honda BR-V on road price starts at INR 9.67 lakhs (Delhi) and Honda BR-V TCO is expected to be around 11 lakh for five years.