Mahindra recently launched the Nuvosport, an image makeover of the Quanto. Is the new Nuvosport better compared to the Quanto? Read on to find out our first look review.
Mahindra Nuvosport Exterior & Interior
Let's go straight to the evident changes or facelift of the Nuvosport. The front profile looks masculine with the new air scoop on the bonnet and the frowning look of the headlamp does give the Nuvosport a much needed aggressive look. The DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) are split from the headlamp, which seems like an afterthought, however, it does accentuate very well.
The cladding which runs along the compact SUV gives the Nuvosport a sporty look, Mahindra has given a step under the running board to help assist climb the Nuvosport. Otherwise, the side profile looks very much like its predecessor, the Quanto.
On the rear profile, the only obvious change is the blackened taillamp and a new cover for the spare which is mounted on the tailgate. The bumper too has a minor change due to the cladding design language. Also, to mention is the new spider alloy wheels for the Nuvosport, which looks sportier.
Moving to the interior, there isn't much of change from the Quanto, except for the AVN (Audio Video Navigation) system. Major changes are in the rear seat which can recline and can be split 60:40. The seat covers have gone through the change as well, Mahindra has given the Nuvosport a better-finished upholstery compared to the Quanto.
Reclining Rear Seat
60:40 Rear Seat Split
New AVN Infotainment System
Performance & Mileage
The Nuvosport is powered by an all-new mHawk100 engine of 1.5-litre which is turbocharged, this pushes out 100bhp and 240Nm of torque which is better than the Ford EcoSport. The transmission is taken care by the 5-speed manual and an AMT.
Mahindra has built the Nuvosport on the ladder frame chassis, which performs very well off-road, they have taken care of the city driving condition as well, with a good suspension system.
Mahindra has claimed a mileage of 17.45km/l as per ARAI ratings for the Nuvosport, there could be a slight variation on actual driving condition on city roads.
The Nuvosport is offered in six variants - N4, N4+, N6, N6 (AMT), N8, N8 (AMT) and is available in six different colours - Molten Red, Rust Orange, Diamond White, Regal Blue, Mist Silver and Fiery Black.
Mahindra Nuvosport will directly compete with Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport, this has been priced at Rs. 7.35 lakh ex-showroom (Thane) for the base variant. Mahindra has designed the compact SUV to target the young and has impressed us with the look of the car.
The Nuvosport main aspect is the 7-seater layout which is missing in the Brezza and the Ecosport. The pricing too is competitive and their post sales service is good.
Nuvosport is a good buy if you are looking for an SUV with features of a car and the comfort of an MPV, Mahindra has tried to combine all the requirement into the Nuvosport.