Mahindra has been known for making SUVs popular in India. In the year 2014, the Bolero was the top selling SUV in India. Yes, the same vehicle that has been around for a decade or more now. And guess the manufacturer? It points to Mahindra’s popularity and longevity. But lately, their sales have slowed down. So much so, that the Hyundai has been the reigning SUV currently in India since its launch,and the Renault Duster and Ford Ecosport. Its not all bad though. The Bolero and Scorpio have been selling well, but just not as well as before. Mahindra also launched the Xylo sometime ago. It flopped. And Mahindra carried over the design to its smaller sibling, the Quanto. The Quanto was innovative and was well received, becoming a sleeper hit. Mahindra has been planning to launch the new Quanto for a while now and it seems that it may be launched as the ‘Qanto’ next year.
The competition is tough. The newly launched Baleno, the Suzuki Ertiga, the Honda Mobilio, the Renault Duster will give the new launch company as rivals.
The 2016 version might keep the body language of the older Quanto, but there will be cosmetic changes to differentiate it from earlier cars, and this much has been revealed in the leaked shots of the car.
Most of the changes to the body have been done to the front of the car. The front has been reworked to look more like Mahindra’s SUVs than the Xylo, which is an MPV. The headlamps are sharper and recatangular then the curved design before, resembling the Scorpio. The car might also festure updated LED DRLs. The front grille also gets new vertical slats flanking the Mahindra logo in the center. The rest of the design is the same. The sides will be neat and straight and the back will keep its high, boxy design. The colours on offer will still be the same, but cannot be confirmed since the testing car is camouflaged. There will be the extra wheel and the long sidelamps running along the length of the back. there will be the large spare tyre that will take up the most space. There is also the extra row of windows on the sides that serve to make it look spacious. The interiors might be the same as the last year, with a beige colour. The Quanto will be able to seat seven, technically. But you’d be better off folding the last to seats, as earlier.The seats still look as flat as earlier. Spacious, but not all that comfortable. The Infotainment system will offer all the regular connectivity features. The dials look to be analog, which might stay the same till launch.
The powertrain of the 2016 Quanto is rumoured to be same as the recently launched Mahindra TUV300. The new model might be powered by the three – cylinder 1.5 – litre mHAWK 80 turbocharged diesel engine, producing power of 84 hp and torque of 230 Nm. The engine is expected to be paired to a 5 – speed manual or a 5-speed AMT in the Quanto- Canto- just like in the TUV300.