4 April 2016 Mahindra has now launched New NuvoSport compact SUV in the Indian market at Rs 7.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). India’s biggest SUV maker in India, Mahindra & Mahindra has added yet another choice in the market. Following the KUV100 that came in January 2016 is the NuvoSport launched in March. Yes, the name does surprise the petrol heads. Where is the ‘o’ in end this time? Mahindra could have called it NUV200! Probably the makers just decided to break from the tradition for this one and the name then is easy to understand – Nuvo (new) and Sport (for the segment that it is a part of).
Based on the same platform as the third generation Scorpio, NuvoSport focuses on younger generation as does its recent predecessor KUV100. Mahindra has enhanced the safety with newly integrated crumple zones and improvements to the structure. The car was crash tested in Europe and it adheres to the safety norms that will be implemented in India by 2017.
Mahindra NuvoSport is propelled by a 1.5 litre, three cylinder, BS-IV compliant mHawk diesel engine. It churns out 100 bhp at 3750 rpm and 24.47 kgm of torque at 1600-2800 rpm. The engine is mated to 5 speed manual transmission and it comes with power & eco driving modes as also a start-stop system. There is a 5 speed automated manual transmission version (AMT) for the mid and top end trims.
With regards to its design, the NuvoSport is a restyled version of the Quanto. The muscular look reflects in the bulges on the bonnet and the flared up wheel arches. For the top-end trims, the hexagonal headlamps have LED daytime running light (DRLs) but these are not integrated into the headlamps – they are jutted separately on top of them.
The profile look of this SUV reminds you of Quanto and the rear is also alike but there is a new cover for the spare wheel and that is quite similar to the unit on TUV300. Peep into the cabin and the similarity with Quanto is again noticed. It’s the same dashboard although the colour scheme has changed from beige to grey and black and this new one looks neat. The space inside is also comparable with 2760 mm wheelbase and there are 7 seats. Legroom is adequate and with increase in height of this car by about 10 mm, there will be no complaints for headroom either. The second row seats come with 60:40 split fold – a feature that the Quanto did not have.
There are two jump seats in the third row and these are good for children. The reclining seats of second row do affect the third one and this is why adults cannot sit there in a relaxing position. When there are no extra occupants for this last part of cabin, it is practically usable with 412 litres of luggage space.
The NuvoSport has been offered with choice of 6 variants: N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8, and N8 AMT. These are priced between Rs. 7.42 lakhs and 9.87 lakhs (ex showroom price Delhi). Colour options range from subtle to jazzy. They include Diamond White, Mist Silver, Regal Blue, Fiery Black, Rust Orange and Molten Red. Competition between compact SUVs should get more interesting from here. But what draws wonder is the pace at which Mahindra & Mahindra sent the last three cars in a row from its factories. Well, to each, his own.