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Delhi show: Mahindra set to make show splash
Aero show: Mahindra released this sketch of its upcoming XUV Aero “coupe” concept that will lead the charge at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo.
Mahindra to ramp up SUV style with 'coupe' concept and – maybe – new compact wagon
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27 January 2016
MAHINDRA appears to be planning a flurry of SUV surprises at the Delhi motor
show on February 3.
So far, India’s biggest auto-maker has confirmed only one, in the form of a
teaser sketch of a Euro-style SUV “coupe” concept, the XUV Aero, that it will
reveal in the metal at the biennial show.
The five-door liftback – with flamboyant styling seemingly inspired by BMW’s X6
– presumably is based on Mahindra’s mid-sized XUV500 wagon and perhaps
foreshadows a new Mahindra flagship.
The vehicle is said to have been designed in-house by Mahindra, even though the
company bought legendary Italian design house Pinifarina in December.
GoAuto understands that a new compact SUV might also make its debut at the show
in the Mahindra line-up of 20 vehicles on its stand, igniting interest not only
in India but also export markets such as Australia.
The vehicle is likely to be bigger and more sophisticated than the
sub-four-metre Mahindra KUV100 and Quanto SUVs currently on offer in India, and
thus a contender for western markets where small SUVs are flying out of
Mahindra Automotive Australia (MAA) public relations and marketing manager
James Halliwell told GoAuto that he was planning to be at the show to see the
latest offerings from Mahindra.
“I will know more after that,” he said.
Mr Halliwell hinted that the local Mahindra branch had set its sights on a
potential compact SUV for this market, but he did not disclose likely timing or
In India, the government offers tax breaks for vehicles under four metres long,
but such vehicles are regarded as a size too small for Australia.
If Mahindra develops a larger vehicle to compete with the likes of the Holden
Trax, Ford EcoSport, Suzuki Jimny and Mitsubishi ASX, logic says it will be
designed and engineered with export markets in mind.
Chances are high that such a vehicle will be revealed at the Delhi show, which
is Mahindra’s big chance to make a splash on its domestic market.
According to the Indian press, Mahindra is also preparing to show an updated
Quanto domestic SUV and a wireless-charged version of its E20 electric city car.
Meanwhile, MAA is receiving shipments of two updated models in Australia – the
facelifted XUV500 SUV and refreshed Genio ute.
New XU500 stock is already coming into the country in manual gearbox form, with
the new six-speed automatic to follow in May.
Full details of specification and pricing for both models are expected to be
revealed in February, but expect the XUV500 to stick with its 2.2-litre,
103kW/330Nm diesel engine and choice of two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive
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