Mahindra & Mahindra will launch three new models in India this year. Besides this, the home-grown carmaker will give a generation change to its three highly popular SUVs – XUV500, Scorpio and Thar. The information has been confirmed by Rajan Wadhera, President of Automotive Sector at M&M Limited, during an interview with ETAuto. Besides this, the company is working on an all-new platform that will underpin Mahindra’s upcoming products.
In the coming months, the home-grown SUV maker will bring in the XUV300 compact SUV and a new MPV. While the former will be positioned against the Tata Nexon and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the latter will go up against the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Innova Crysta.
The new-generation Mahindra Thar and Scorpio SUVs will share the platform (slightly modified body-on-ladder frame) developed by Ssangyong. The updated models of all three SUVs will meet the crash test and safety standards, and will be retailed across the globe. Mahindra will offer multiple engine options on the updated models of the SUVs including turbocharged petrol, turbocharged diesel and electric motor. Interestingly, all new petrol and diesel powertrains will be developed jointly by Mahindra and Ssangyong. Read – Mahindra Rexton 7-Seater SUV Is Coming Soon
The launch timeline for the new-generation Mahindra Thar, Scorpio and XUV500 hasn’t yet be revealed by the carmaker. Reports in media suggest that the fourth-generation Scorpio might hit Indian roads sometime in 2020. The SUV’s new model will be developed jointly by Mahindra’s North American Technical Center and its testing will happen at the company’s Chennai based R&D center.
While the new-generation Mahindra Thar is reported to go on sale sometime next year, the new XUV500 could see a release in the next one or two years. The home-grown carmaker will also introduce the electric versions of the Scorpio and XUV500. M&M will make an investment of Rs 500 crore for developing new technologies and creating capacity for its upcoming electric vehicles.
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