Mahindra & Mahindra's presence a the Auto Expo 2018 was quite prominent, with a large array of cars on display, which included Mahindra 'Future of Mobility', SUVs and electric concepts. Mahindra brought its entire line up of electric vehicles to the 2018 Auto Expo, and says that it is prepared for the future with its product line up based on the '3Cs' - Clean, Connected and Convenient. The Auto Expo 2018 also saw the global unveiling of the Rexton - Ssangyong Motor's G4 Rexton will come to India with Mahindra badging under a new name. Another intriguing unveil was that of India's first convertible SUV from the house of Mahindra - TUV Stinger. Find out more about these and other unveils from Mahindra at the 2018 Auto Expo.
SsangYong G4 Rexton now with Mahindra badging
Mahindra also introduced the Rexton in India during the Auto Expo 2018. It was the global unveiling of the SsangYong G4 Rexton, which will be launched in India under a new name and with Mahindra badging. The Rexton comes mounted with a 2.2-litre engine that makes 178 hp and 420 Nm, which is paired with a seven-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic transmission.
The Rexton's equipment list comprises of HID headlamps, LED DRLs, electric sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, ventilated seats, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, 9 airbags, electric parking brake and much more.
Mahindra e-KUV100 boasts of being India's first electric SUV, and aims to combine the practicality of a sports utility vehicle with the advantages of an electric vehicle. The electric motors mounted in the Mahindra e-KUV100 will deliver a range of about 140 km, and has optional fast charging that can extend its range by 80% in less than an hour. It will feature smartphone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling, location tracking and will monitor driving pattern and battery status.
Mahindra TUV Stinger
Mahindra TUV Stinger was showcased as a concept during the 2018 Auto Expo. It boasts of being the first ever convertible SUV in the country. It is powered by an engine from Mahindra's mHawk family, that puts out 140 hp and 320 Nm. It gets LED lamps at both ends, and on the inside, the TUV Stinger gets a feature loaded infotainment system.
Mahindra XUV500 AT
Mahindra XUV500 was first launched in 2011, and soon climbed to a lot of popularity in the SUV segment. At the Auto Expo 2018 Mahindra introduced the New Age XUV500 AT. It is the only SUV in its class to offer a second generation 6-speed automatic transmission with AWD as an option. It will also come fitted with some industry first tech feature, including in-cabin entertainment experience that has Android Auto, Emergency Calling, Connected Apps and Ecosense.
Mahindra UDO broke cover at the Auto Expo 2018, and is a compact two-seater Concept Electric mobility pod which has been designed keeping city problems in mind, such as traffic congestion and pollution. The UDO is packed with tech features like climate control, touchscreen infotainment and Bluetooth enabled audio system. The UDO also features something called 'smart fitness', which is pedalling your way back home if you run out of juice and it will also be healthy. And while you pedal, it will recharge the batteries.
The ATOM is powered by Mahindra's new electric powertrain, which has batteries that can be swapped to increase the vehicle's range. The ATOM also features an 'intelligent connectivity system, on which passengers can make bookings and payments. Mahindra ATOM is built indigenously, and will also keep the users posted about the train, bus and flight schedules, along with the nearest boarding points.
Mahindra’s first low maintenance Lithium ion battery powered three-wheeler, aptly named Treo, was also unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018. This vehicle aims to promote mass adoption of electric vehicles in the country. The Treo will facilitate last-mile movement and connectivity in tier 1 as well as tier 2 and 3 cities.
Mahindra e2o NXT
Mahindra e2o NXT is a refreshed version of the e2o Plus and boasts of a modified exterior and interior as well as a larger infotainment system.
An all-electric flagship hatchback from the Mahindra Electric stable which is an environment-friendly car and boasts of a host of technologically advanced features in addition to being emission-free. It is the perfect family car for intra-city use and is an embodiment of green and cost-effective vehicle technology.
An all-electric, zero emission sedan, it features an innovative combination of advancements in automotive, electronics and information technology paired with minimal running costs and zero tailpipe emissions. This is the perfect solution for executive movement within the city.
India’s first zero emission, an all-electric range of cargo and passenger vans, the e-Supro ushered in a whole new concept in cargo transportation and people movement. The platform caters mainly to the B2B segment. Owing to its suitability for last-mile connectivity, the e-Supro platform is ideally suited for deployment in e-commerce and last-mile connectivity inside the city.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT in new Glamorous Gold
Mahindra also unveiled the new KUV100 NXT in a new dual tone Glamorous Gold hue at the Auto Expo 2018. First launched in January 2016, the KUV100 falls in a new SUV segment at the Rs 4.5 – Rs 7.5 lakh price range. The new KUV100 NXT comes with a new design, including a macho front grille with chrome inserts, muscular dual-tone front and rear bumpers with silver skid plates. The KUV100 NXT comes with premium interiors and is packed with more hi-tech features, such as a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with GPS navigation, a driver information system with voice alerts, Mahindra BLUE SENSE Technology and an electronic temperature control panel.
In terms of safety, the Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes fitted with ABS and dual airbags. The KUV100 NXT also has a quieter engine and technology-rich cabin.
Mahindra TUV300 (T10 AMT Version)
Mahindra TUV300 T10 variant comes with a host of premium features, including 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation and plush faux leather seats. It also boasts a capacitive touchscreen, video and image playback via USB, Bluesense Technology, as well as a driver information system.
The interiors of the Mahindra TUV300 T10 variant have been designed by Italian design house, Pininfarina, and the cabin is both premium and luxurious. The TUV300 is also the first Indian SUV to offer auto Automated Manual Transmission Technology (AMT).
Mahindra Scorpio (S11 4*4 Version)
Mahindra Scorpio is now more powerful and stylish than before. It offers greater power and torque, and a new 6-speed transmission. The Scorpio is powered by the mHawk engine which has been tweaked to deliver 140 bhp and 320 Nm torque.
Mahindra Scorpio features dual front airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), collapsible steering column, side intrusion beams, panic-brake indication and engine immobilizer.
Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra Group, said, “As India aspires to global leadership on climate action, the time is right to develop sustainable mobility solutions for the future. Mahindra’s electric pavilion at the Auto Expo showcases our vision of the Future of Mobility - one that offers Clean, Connected and Convenient vehicles to our consumers in India and around the world.”
Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said, “The three pillars of our Future of Mobility theme, namely Clean, Connected and Convenient is what our products and services stand for. Mahindra not only provides a clean business module through its electric business but is also working on cleaner engines in keeping with the upcoming BSVI implementation by 2020. With our connected pillar, the Auto Expo helps us to highlight our offering of ‘Accessible Technology’ and gauge the aspirations of our customers. At the heart of all our product and solutions are our customers for whom we aspire to make convenience a way of life. We are delighted to showcase our Dealership of the Future which is all about customer delight. Our various product offerings at the Auto Expo reflect a true sense of the ‘Make in India’ philosophy, yet are suitable for global mobility solutions.”