India largest utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra seems to be on launching spree after TUV300 in 2015 and KUV100 this year, it is now pepping up to launch NuvoSport which is a Quanto facelift carrying new nomenclature. The Sub 4-metre SUV will be launched on April 4, 2016 in India and it is designed and developed in house by Mahindra. The SUV is based on the same platform of Scorpio and TUV300 while R&D has been carried out in Chennai.
The slow selling Quanto was quirky when it comes to design, body frame though Mahindra has tried to overcome that quirkiness with by giving it refresh design. Now it sports new headlights with separate illuminated LED DRLs, new trapezoidal grille, big air dam with silver skid protection flanked by circular fog lamps.
To enhance the feel of cabin it will get revised interior as well including touchscreen infotainment system, revised central console and new seat upholstery. The SUV might use the TUV300 powered by a 1.5 litre DOHc diesel engine that develops 84PS power and 230Nm of torque with expected fuel efficiency around 20 Kmpl. The NuvoSport might get 1.2l mhawk petrol engine paired to a 5-speed manual transmission and it will also get a 5-speed AMT gearbox.
With an expected price range between Rs. 6.5-8.5 lakh (ex-showroom), it will be slotted below TUV300.
Speaking on the brand name and images reveal, Mr. Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive), M&M Ltd. said, “Today, Mahindra enjoys the strongest equity in the SUV segment in India. Being a customer centric organization we identified a need gap in the market and designed the NuvoSport to meet the needs of those customers who lead an active lifestyle and are looking for a sporty and fun to drive SUV. I am sure that with the addition of the NuvoSport, we will further consolidate our leadership in the SUV segment and effectively address the entire gamut of customer segments across price points ranging all the way from 4.5 lakhs to 25 lakhs.”