Mahindra to roll out three compact SUVs this year
Apart from S101 and U301, the updated Quanto will get its unique identity in terms of styling with an all-new chassis and AMT. Quanto
Mahindra is readying a thoroughly updated Quanto which is expected to be launched in the coming months. Most of the front-styling bits with the Xylo, the updated Quanto is likely to get its unique identity in the form of all-new and more SUV-ish front styling. What’s more, the interior is also expected to get tweaks in the form of new seats and more equipment.
Quanto facelift will continue with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel unit and for the first time, an automated-manual transmission-equipped variant will also be on offer. Mini Compact S101 & Mahindra U30
1 - both will have the AMT variant- launch 2016
While the S101 is a monocoque architecture-based compact SUV, the U301 – also a sub-four-metre SUV –will be based on a ladder-frame set up.
The U301 will be equipped with the same 1.5-litre motor that does duty on the Quanto, mated to manual as well as AMT gearboxes. Mahindra is also likely to offer AWD on the U301 compact SUV at a later stage.
The S101 will come with an all-new 1.2-litre diesel as well as a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which will be derived from a larger powerplant. All engines powering the S101 compact SUV will be based on Mahindra’s new engine family.
While the S101 is expected to be a direct rival to the likes of the EcoSport, the U301, also touted as the “new” Bolero by many, is expected to fill the gap between the current Bolero and the updated and more upmarket Scorpio.
Mahindra will also bring in the updated XUV500
very soon. Apart from cosmetic tweaks on the outside, it is expected to come with an Aisin six-speed gearbox. With the Aisin auto gearbox mated to the capable 2.2-litre mHawk motor, the XUV500 could have good potential in several international markets too. Mahindra to roll out three compact SUVs this year | Car News | Budget SUVs | Autocar India