Mahindra reveals name of its new SUV as NuvoSport
Mahindra & Mahindra has already created quite a flutter this year with the launch of the KUV100 micro SUV and it is set to capitalize further on its winning streak with the launch of the new NuvoSport sub 4 m SUV.
The NuvoSport will be launched on the 4th of April, 2016 by Mahindra & Mahindra and is essentially the rebadged and face lifted version of the sub 4m Quanto which was sold in Indian markets earlier. This Quanto replacement has already received an extensive overhauling in terms of its design. The name change is attributed to the poor performance of the Quanto in the country earlier. Mahindra & Mahindra has also claimed that the name of the car has majorly been derived from two key elements, i.e. the car’s penchant for enabling active lifestyles of its owners and also from its attractive and sporty design.
The Mahindra NuvoSport will be positioned between the Mahindra TUV300 and the Mahindra KUV100. The NuvoSport is only the second SUV from the company which does not have a name ending in O. The Thar was the first and only one to buck this trend.
Mahindra has redesigned the front fascia of the car extensively though the rear looks quite similar to the Quanto. LED DRLs will now be offered with the NuvoSport along with a rugged and muscular bumper in tandem with a faux skid plate. The NuvoSport has been completely developed in-house and shares its platform with the Mahindra Scorpio instead of its predecessor. The vertically stacked tail lights and the tailgated mounted spare wheel have been retained at the rear. The cabin design should be quite similar to the Quanto though there should be new features incorporated into the vehicle like a touch screen infotainment system, cruise control and ABS for top end models. Dual airbags will be optional across the entire vehicle range according to sources.
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The NuvoSport should get the 1.5 litre three cylinder mHawk80 diesel engine from Mahindra though there is no clarity on a possible petrol variant yet. 5 speed manual transmission will be available for the SUV though an AMT option should also be offered for customers. This was not part of Mahindra’s initial strategy but the company has taken into account the growing demand for AMT amongst Indian customers. There are even new LED tail lights offered with the car. The NuvoSport will be taking on rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra TUV300 and Tata Nexon in Indian markets. The ex-showroom prices of the SUV are expected to range between INR 6-8 lakhs as per estimates.
It is clear that Mahindra & Mahindra will price the NuvoSport quite competitively since it aims to garner greater volumes in the subcompact SUV category. The NuvoSport should be a huge draw amongst Indian customers for its attractive design, new features and improved performance. It remains to be seen whether Mahindra throws in any segment first specs for the car when it launches next month.