The much-awaited Mahindra NuvoSport SUV has been launched in India. The NuvoSport will replace the Mahindra Quanto in the carmaker's lineup. The Quanto was first launched in India in 2012, as the carmaker's first sub-4 metre SUV, but failed to appeal to Indian customers.
About Mahindra NuvoSport
The Mahindra NuvoSport will be Mahindra's second vehicle that will not end with the traditional 'O', the first being the Thar. The NuvoSport has a significant role to play in India for the carmaker as the Quanto did not meet sales expectation of the company and is probably the only Mahindra vehicle that one could say 'failed to sell well'.
The Mahindra NuvoSport will be Mahindra's second sub-4 metre SUV to be sold in India, after the TUV300.
Mahindra NuvoSport Exterior
The design is becoming a key factor to sell vehicles in India these days and the NuvoSport portrays a young and fresh look. Unlike the Quanto, which looked more or less like a Xylo finished abruptly, the NuvoSport does look promising.
Being based on the Scorpio, the front grille seems to be similar to the new Scorpio, if not inspired by itself. A good look at the front profile and one would realise that the NuvoSport has taken quite a bit of design language and some of the features from the new Scorpio. The headlights and daytime running lights are different, but one can make out the design language.
Also, the NuvoSport looks quite bold from the front for a sub-4meter SUV. Taking a look at the rear, not a lot has changed compared to the Quanto, but small changes have made it look more sportier, and the tailgate mounted spare wheel design blends in quite well.
Mahindra NuvoSport Interior
Regarding interior, the Mahindra NuvoSport will retain its seven-seater configuration although the rear seats would only suit kids. The middle seat will be a bench, very similar to the Quanto, apart from the colours. The interior feels much more upmarket compared to the Quanto and hopefully, Mahindra has opted for better plastics, fit, and finish.
Concerning features, the Mahindra NuvoSport sports a 6.2-inch touchscreen entertainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, new instrument cluster, armrest for the front passenger, seats with better support, and Driver Information Display (DID)
Overall, the new NuvoSport feels much more upmarket compared to the Quanto, and is equipped with a lot more features compared to the Quanto.
Mahindra NuvoSport Engine Specification, Transmission & Mileage
Like the Quanto, the NuvoSport is powered the same 1.5-litre, 100bhp and 240Nm torque engine that did its duty in the Quanto. It was not the punchiest engine, but it did a fair job in the Quanto.
The NuvoSport is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox and an optional Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) since the demand has been rising of recent. The diesel engine returns a mileage of 17.45km/l.
Mahindar NuvoSport Features
The Mahindra NuvoSport features 60:40 foldable second row seats, follow-me-home lamps, armrest fro the driver and passenger, height adjustable driver's seat, boot space of 412-litres, electrically adjustable ORVMs, height adjustable seat belts, ECO/ Power mode, Micro Hybrid Technology, cruise control, leather upholstry, and steering mounted controls.
Mahindra NuvoSport Safety Features
In terms of safety, the NuvoSport is offered with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as a standard feature, along with a driver and passenger airbag, speed sensing door locks, and engine immobiliser.
Mahindra NuvoSport Price & Competition
Pricing is critical, and Mahindra is quite good at it. The NuvoSport is priced at Rs. 7.35 lakh ex-showroom (Thane). The NuvoSport could face tough competition from the Ford EcoSport (name sounds similar to the NuvoSport) and Maruti's latest sub-4 metre SUV, the Vitara Brezza.
Mahindra NuvoSport Interesting Facts
Some interesting facts to keep in mind about the NuvoSport, are that the Mahindra NuvoSport will be based on the new Scorpio instead of the Xylo. The NuvoSport features a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 100bhp and 240Nm of torque, and returns 17.45km/l.
The top-of-the-line variant features an an AMT gearbox, while a 5-speed gearbox is standard. The NuvoSport sports a 6.2-inch infotainment system, and an interior that feels much more upmarket compared to the Quanto.
Again, the NuvoSport will have to fend off competitors in the Indian market such as the Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. What is your initial impression?