Mahindra, India’s leading UV maker is readying at least 6 brand new SUVs for the domestic market. The company is readying the next generation models of the existing SUVs including the Scorpio, XUV500 and the Thar. All 3 models have been spotted multiple times while testing on the Indian roads.
Mahindra is also readying an all-new 7-seater SUV, which will be based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform. This platform also underpins the XUV300 and the Tivoli. Codenamed S204, the 7-seater SUV has recently been spotted testing in India. Likely to be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, the Mahindra S204 will challenge the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks.
Going by the images, it is visible that the 7-seater SUV will be the tweaked version of the SsangYong XLV with minor design changes. The S204 will be based on the stretched Tivoli platform and will have extended rear overhangs to free up space to accommodate 3rd row of seats. It is rumoured to be powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 121bhp and 300Nm of torque. Adding to it, the SUV will also receive a new 1.5-litre T-GDI petrol engine that will also power the Marazzo.
Mahindra is also working on electric version of the XUV300 subcompact SUV, which is expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Auto Expo. The company has confirmed that the XUV300 Electric will offer a range of 300km. Mahindra is also gearing up for the launch of the long-awaited e-KUV100 in India. Set to replace the recently discontinued e20 electric, the Mahindra eKUV100 will be launched in the first quarter of 2020. The small EV comes with a 40kW motor and 15.9kWh battery, and it offers a range of 120km.
The next-gen Thar and Scorpio will be based on the upgraded version of the existing GEN3 platform. The new models are scheduled to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2020 and expected to be launched before April 2020. The next-gen XUV500 will grow in size and will be based on the new monocoque platform. All 3 SUVs will receive a new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which can produce up to 180bhp of power.