The upcoming Mahindra premium SUV (Hyundai Creta Rival) will share body panels and styling cues from the bigger SsangYong Tivoli XLV
It is a well-known fact that Mahindra will soon launch a sub-4 meter SUV, which will be based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s X100 platform. What’s interesting is that media reports claim that the company is also working on a bigger SUV to challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.
Mahindra is already selling a premium SUV in the form of Scorpio, which is priced in the same range of Hyundai Creta. So, why is Mahindra working on a new SUV in the same space. Well, Mahindra Scorpio is more popular in rural and semi-urban regions of the country. The homegrown automaker is aiming to improve its sales in the urban centres, which generally contributes a major chunk of sales for most of the automakers. Also See – Mahindra Inferno could be the name for the S201 sub-4 meter SUV
For people not in the known, SsangYong is selling two variants of Tivoli in the global markets. While the standard variant measures 4,195mm in length, while the Tivoli XLV is 4,440mm in length. Mahindra has reduced the length of the standard Tivoli to achieve sub-4 meter in length. Similar strategy could be adopted with the bigger SUV, which could be developed in-line with the global Tivoli XLV. Read – Next-gen Ford EcoSport To Get Mahindra’s New Petrol Engine
The bigger SUV will be a softroader and will mainly target the urban buyers. It will have several high-end features to gain competitive advantage over the rivals. With the sub-4 meter SUV, Mahindra will debut a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. This engine is claimed to offer a power output of up to 135PS. The diesel version will be powered by a 1.5-litre Revotorq engine that powers the Marazzo. This engine is capable of producing 120bhp of power and 300Nm of torque. These 2 engines are powerful enough to power a mid-sized soft-roader.
Few media reports claim that the next-gen Mahindra Scorpio will be modern in nature. It will challenge the upcoming Tata Harrier SUV. The next-gen Scorpio is expected to be based on the new platform. Besides this, the company will launch the next-gen Thar, Bolero and XUV500 in India.