Mahindra's mini MPV - Nuvosport
Mahindra has confirmed the launch of its compact SUV, Mahindra Nuvosport on the 4th of April 2016. The car essentially will be a replacement for Mahindra’s mini-MPV, Mahindra Quanto. Mahindra remains tight-lipped on the technical specification of the car. The car is based on the field-proven Scorpio platform.
The car has an aggressive and SUVish face compared to the MPVsque exteriors of the Quanto. The car seems to be a cross between the Quanto and the Scorpio and the result is a butch looking but practical SUV. As usual, the design is loud and not to everybody’s liking and the car continues to have the polarizing love it or hate it style philosophy of Mahindra. The car gets an upright grill (similar to that on the Scorpio), flanked headlamps, with eyebrow DRLs, contoured hood with a faux air intake and a silver ornamental skid plate. The side and rear profile still retain the basic design elements of the Quanto with low shoulder lines (which aids in more window area and visibility). The rear except for a clear lens assembly, wrap around plastic cladding and some minor design tweaks are more or less taken from the Quanto. Mahindra could have given a better deign treatment for the Nuvosport compared to the Quanto at the rear.
We observe that Mahindra couldn’t carry forward the aggressiveness and the sportiness after the A-Pillar. Also, Mahindra will be giving much bigger and fatter shoes of the Nuvosport compared to the ones on the Quanto.
Mahindra is yet to reveal the interiors of the Quanto. As per the information, the interiors will be similar to that on the Quanto and the car will retain the two jump seats at the rear, making it a 7-seater. However, the car is expected to get a better finish for the interiors and features will include an updated steering wheel, a touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control. The car will also come with driver side airbags and ABS with EBD as standard feature right from the basic trim.
Mahindra is yet to spill the beans on the engines that will power the Nuvosport. We expect Mahindra to plonk in an 80-bhp 3-cylinder diesel engine, which will be a perfect blend of adequate power and fuel efficiency. Mahindra is also expected to offer an Auto Gearbox in addition to the 5-speed manual transmission on the Nuvosport.
Mahindra is expected to position the car between the KUV 100 and the TUV 300. As usual, Mahindra will be pricing the car aggressively and we expect a price bracket of INR 6-8.7 Lakhs for the Nuvosport.