Mahindra has recently launched the new generation Scorpio SUV in the Indian car market. The homegrown auto major is preparing a couple of new SUVs and facelifts for the Indian car market. We reported earlier that Mahindra will launch the new, U301 Bolero in India in 2015-16.
The new Bolero SUV has been spotted several times during its test rounds on the Indian roads. According to CarToq, the U301 Bolero will be offered in multiple body styles. The sub-4 metre SUV will target the younger buyers of the country, which offers rugged and sporty appeal. It is expected to be priced under Rs. 7 lakh.
The other variant of the SUV will feature a longer wheelbase version that will target completely different buyers such as cab operators. The sub-4 metre SUV and the MUV version of the 2015, U301 Bolero will be based on the single platform. The new Scorpio’s hydroformed chassis will also be used in the SUV, which will offer flexibility to this platform.
The hydroformed ladder frame chassis has helped the company to reduce weight of the car and makes the chassis stiff, which in returns offer better handling. The same chassis will also underpin the U301 Bolero to make it lighter and offer improved drivability. The latter frame chassis used for the 2015 new generation Scorpio SUV is a flexible chassis that comprises of three major parts- front, mid and tail section in different track widths. The different widths and lengths combined to form different utility vehicles, and further help to reduce costs.
It is also expected that Mahindra will use the new Scorpio’s revised suspension setup, damper characteristics and bump stops for future utility vehicles including U301 Bolero and the facelifted Quanto. Under the bonnet, the sub-4 metre U301 Bolero is likely to get the 1.5-litre, twin turbo diesel engine that also powers the Quanto. It is speculated that the four-wheel drive variants of the U301 Bolero are also expected to come India.