Whats New on offer?
Mahindra has just introduced a top spec trim of their Compact SUV TUV300. The high spec T10 variant is priced at INR. 9.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and INR. 9.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Launched during the time of the festive season this top spec surely will turn heads because it offers plenty of goodies to keep the buyers happy. On the outside, the top spec trim gets a slightly tweaked front grille with Black Chrome inserts. The redesigned, headlamp units make the SUV one of the first in its segment to receive static bending lamps which will help illuminate the corners, especially when driving at night. The front profile also gets stylish fog lamps with premium Black inserts. Apart from these changes one another major cosmetic change comes in the form of a new Grey alloy wheels alongside new Metallic Grey roof rails. Lastly, the top spec TUV300 also gets an additional glossy metallic Grey finish on the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.
Inside the cabin, there are few sophisticated changes as well which has helped in making the interior look plusher. The TUV300 T10 variant gets a new faux leather seat. There is a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well which gets Wireless Bluetooth calling music and Audio calling besides GPS navigation USB video and image playback option.
What changes do you expect in this popular SUV
The Scorpio is a household name in the Indian car market since the year 2002; the SUV has many accolades to its name including ‘Best car of the year’, ‘Best SUV of the year’ and much more. While the first generation SUV was introduced back in 2002, the second generation was introduced just after four years in 2006. Much later Mahindra decided to up their game and introduced the third-generation SUV back in 2014. Now after almost three years of its production Mahindra has decided to launch the facelift variant of the SUV.
The 2017 Mahindra Scorpio facelift variant will most likely get some exterior and interior updates while there won’t be any significant change under the hood. The SUV was caught testing couple of times already which gives us an idea that it will most probably launch towards the end of 2017.
The Scorpio is one of the first SUV’s which was developed in-house by M&M engineers. M&M engineers also developed the 2.2 Litre mHawk engine which powers some other Mahindra suvs at the same time. While the launch of the new Scorpio facelift is nearing, we are here to provide you all the details of the facelifted SUV available at this moment.
It was a pround moment for us when India’s National anthem was played when the winner took the grand stage
10th June was definitely a historic day for Mahindra Racing because on this day Mahindra’s E Racing team successfully secured a maiden victory in the FIA Formula E Championship. If that is not all, they won the weekend’s two Berlin ePrix races by a double podium finish in the contest.
The two drivers who managed to win the race included Swedish star Felix Rosenqvist and German teammate Nick Heidfeld. While the rising Swedish star managed to secure the second position his teammate stayed right on his trail and occupied the third. Both the driver started the race from the 3rd and 4th position after participating in the Super Pole qualifying round. While exiting the first corner both the drivers managed to take the second and third place in the race and holding these positions till the end of the race. Race driver Rosenqvis overtook the competitor for the lead at the halfway point on race on lap 22 and managed to hold the lead despite his opponent di Grassi using his extra 100kJ of energy that was awarded to him by public vote in the series’ unique FanBoost initiative.
This double podium finish helped Mahindra Racing occupy the third place in the teams overall standing with just five more races remaining under the belt.
Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal, Mahindra Racing Formula E Team said, "This is a historic milestone for Indian motorsport on open four wheels. An emotional day and so rewarding for our entire team, partners, fans and colleagues back in India and around the world. We are ready to do it all again tomorrow for the second race in this double-header weekend in Berlin!"
What to expect from the facelift model launching in 2017
Mahindra saw the potential in the entry-level Micro SUV segment and decided to introduce their entry level product the KUV100 last year January, and it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo where it attracted a lot of attention. However, after a year of its launch, some other players too have decided to enter the competition. To be honest the KUV100 never actually scored high concerning overall sales figures, and that is mostly because of its odd shape and compact interior space. Now after the launch of the Maruti Ignis the sales figures of the Micro SUV the sales figures took a major hit.
Now in order stay on top of their game Mahindra has decided to give their micro SUV some updates to attract some buyers towards this particular car. According to the recent reports, Mahindra has plans to introduce the facelift KUV100 after they introduce the more powerful XUV500 in the month of August. So we are assuming that the KUV100 will be launched in India during this festive season.
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Perhaps a more improved Automatic gearbox will be paired to the facelift variant
Mahindra & Mahindra has officially discontinued the Scorpio Automatic from India. The Scorpio automatic variant was launched almost two years ago and was available with the S10 grade and was available with both two-wheel as well four-wheel drive configuration with a starting price of INR. 13.13 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
Mahindra has removed the Scorpio AT variant from their Indian website entirely; the automatic variant was powered by the 2.2 Litre mHawk diesel unit which produced about 120 Bhp and 280 Nm of torque. This same engine is also available with a manual variant as well.
Now there are no words on yet on why Mahindra took the decision to discontinue this SUV variant, but few reports on the internet state that Mahindra has plans to introduce a new & modern Automatic gearbox when they introduce the facelift model in the Indian market. There is a fair chance that the new Automatic gearbox will be equally smooth and responsive as the ones found in the new XUV500.
Apart from the Automatic gearbox on the Scorpio and XUV500 Mahindra also offers AMT gearbox as well with the TUV300 and the Nuvosport.
Currently, the Scorpio price range starts from INR. 9 Lakhs onward while the top end variant priced at INR. 15.35 Lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
3 facelifts and 2 completely new products to grace the Mahindra lineup soon
Mahindra has stored a lot of surprises for their fans in the coming months. The renowned Utility vehicle manufacturer has planned lots of new launches for the Indian customers to stay on top of their game. Last year the Automaker lost a lot of their ground because of the increasing competition from manufacturers like Hyundai, Maruti and also Ford. Some of the products like the KUV100, Nuvosport also failed to attract the attention of the buyers which was also one of the causes of their failure.
So to regain their lost control Mahindra is planning atleast 4 new product launches in the year 2017. Below provided are the list of 4 such cars and few others which will be launched in India in the year 2017 and early 2018.
The upcoming Mahindra SUV has been codenamed S101 and it will compete directly with the the HYundai Creta and the likes of it
A New compact SUV was spied covered in heavy camouflage on the streets. Reports state that this could be the new D-segment player who will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta in India. The brand Mahindra is definitely the first choice for customers when they are looking to get their hands on a Utility vehicle or an SUV. Now the car which was spotted testing was heavily camouflaged, but there were few details about this upcoming SUV which is available at this moment.
The reports state that this upcoming SUV has been codenamed S201 internally and it will be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli SUV. The Tivoli was first showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo and is sold in some other International markets of the World.
This upcoming Mahindra SUV will be based on the same X100 platform and will be a 5 seater offering. However, that is where the similarities will end believe it or not the S201 will get an entirely new exterior as well as interior styling. For the Indian market, the SUV will get a raised ride height bigger profile tyres to add a more SUVish stance.
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Come and be a part of the Engaging music and stunning visual once more!
We all loved Mahindra’s ‘Live Young, Live Free’ TV Ad didn’t we when it first aired on our television sets. The TV Commercial definitely gave us a glimpse of the different world, a world where we want to be an explorer and be a part of an adventure which we have never been part of before. The TV Commercial had everything starting from some engaging music, mind-blowing visual and off course Mahindra SUV’s doing what it does best.
The ‘Live Young, Live Free’ TV Ad Sequel was released last year and it definitely also attracted everyone’s attention but this time Mahindra tried to bring in some new twist by pushing boundaries. Mahindra creative team was able to capture some of the best visuals and gave the Indian owners a glimpse of what they can actually do with their Mahindra vehicles. Then, of course, there are those stunning visuals and wild landscapes. This TV commercial actually helps you get over your boredom and boring lives and encourages you to go out and explore this beautiful nature.
The ‘Live Young, Live Free’ TV Ad Sequel has crossover Over 7.5 million views! Recently and if you still haven’t seen the sequel you definitely should give it a go.
Now you can customize your Thar to look this good
There is no doubt in the fact that Mahindra Thar is definitely one of the most popular adventure enthusiast vehicles. This is well within the budget of many and can give you all the thrills and chills that you need when there is no tarmac. Recently DC Designs who is popularly known across India for some of their out of this world Customised vehicles and offcourse India’s first and one and only sports car maker Avanti has decided to introduce customization packs for the Mahindra Thar.
They have released two sketches of a customised Mahindra Thar and there is no doubt that they look badass. Based on what you can notice in the published sketches the Customised Thar will have a hard top which also gets integrated driving lamps as well. However, the front end of the Thar has been completely redesigned and this new design definitely enhances the overall appeal offroad appeal of the SUV. The front also gets redesigned grille and bumper while the front bumper also gets integrated fog lamps as well. The side profile of the SUV has received plastic body claddings which further enhance its offroading capability. Just like the front profile the rear profile of the Thar also has been redesigned. This sketch shows that the Customised Thar will get a redesigned LED taillamps while the rear tailgate has been redesigned to supports the bigger and fatter tyres.
The Adventure edition Scorpio is limited to 1000 units only
Mahindra has recently introduced the Scorpio Adventure edition. The SUV is a limited edition model which has gone on sale and is actually slightly pricier than the standard top end trim. Mahindra did introduce the Scorpio Adventure edition last year as well, and it came with few cosmetic updates to its exterior and interior but unfortunately has not received any mechanical changes under the hood.
The newly introduced 2017 Scorpio Adventure edition gets the same kind of cosmetic treatment as well but has it received anything new apart from that? For that, you have to go through this overview article.
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The list of budget cars which can give some serious complex to your neighbor
Budget cars always fascinated Indian customers and although we have plenty of new manufacturers stepping into India’s competitive car market, they have atleast one product well within the budget of ordinary people. Now as times have changed Indian customers have become more conscious about their cars and how they look. Most of the budget car conscious customers want a car which not only is featured pack, fuel efficient or easy to maintain but, what they also look for now is that the cars should look equally premium and stylish as well.
So now the Auto manufacturer have to face an extra task of making their products look premium as well which can be a tough job sometimes when you have budget and cost cutting at the back of your mind. However, some auto manufacturers surely have succeeded well in making their products look good and different from the rest of the rivals out there.
We here at top speed have decided to create a best of 5 series, where we will bring some exclusive contents and stories under this category. So without any further due let us dive straight into the 5 best looking budget cars of India.
Planning a trip with your family this weekend? Go through the list of cars which can be your best companion
In recent years, the words like ‘travel’ and ‘roadtrips’ have become much more synonymous than ever before. The new generation of Indians is now much open to the idea of travelling, and that too on four wheels by enrolling the concept of drive and reach, to make their journeys much more memorable. Thankfully, the cut-throat competition among all the manufacturers has resulted into some cars which make perfect sense and match with the idea of road trips. For falling under this category of vehicles, the primary requirements of a car are the spacious and well-thought cabin, powertrain options punchy enough to breathe comfortably for long miles and a ride quality which is plush sufficiently to keep the people inside the cabin as free of fatigue as possible.
In this feature story, we are pointing and throwing some light on all such cars made for mass market buyers which fulfil all the requirements mentioned above to call themselves the best cars with which you can write new travel stories and memories. Following is a category-wise list of all such cars which are best suited for travel lovers, which ranges from an entry-level mini hatchback and going all the way up to a full-fledged SUV.
What to expect from the new all terrain conqurer
Mahindra introduced the Thar back in 2010, and since its launch, the vehicle has always attracted the attention of those who loves some serious offroading with their vehicle. Now, this is one machine with ample amount of torque that can take on any terrain with ease. The Thar received its first major facelift back in 2015 and while the demands are slowly fading away because of some potential rivals in this segment. According to some recent reports, Mahindra is all set to introduce the next generation Thar in India.
Although not much information is available at this moment, we can certainly say that it will still take some time for Mahindra to introduce the new generation vehicle in the Indian market. However, there are few things which we can certainly inform you at this moment about the upcoming car.
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list of cars which offers an automatic transmission without burning a deep hole in your pocket and effecting fuel efficiency
In recent years, we have seen a lot of new changes which our country has been undergoing through, in each and every aspect of human lifestyle. Speaking of automobiles too, we have seen the advent of various new techniques and features which have resulted in a surge in car sales, thus increasing the number of cars on the roads day by day, resulting in a kind of chaos and traffic problems, especially in metropolitan cities.
Due to rising inconvenience caused by poor traffic management, many prospective buyers are shifting towards cars which are offering the convenience of automatic transmissions. As a result, many budget cars are now being offered with an automatic transmission. In the recent years, we have seen a lot of new technologies implemented on automatic cars compared to old days; the entry-level mass market cars were available with the option of only conventional torque converters. In the recent times, we have all seen many manufacturers switching out to new and more contemporary options of automatic transmissions like CVT and AMT, which do offer the convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox, but not at the expense of lower fuel economy and higher maintenance.
In this feature, we are going to throw some light on the ten most affordable automatic cars available in the Indian car market right now, which are aimed at those potential car buyers who wants to enjoy the convenience of an automatic car but without shelling too much from their bank balance.
Gets few cosmetic updates in the form of sporty decals
Mahindra launched the XUV500 Sportz Limited Edition in India yesterday. This special edition SUV is based on XUV’s W10 trim. Mahindra first introduced the Sportz Special edition with the pre-facelift XUV couple of years ago.
This special edition XUV500 Sportz edition features few cosmetic upgrades to the exterior while just like the exterior, the interior too gets some significant updates of its own.
The cosmetic updates that the XUV500 Sportz Edition has received comes in the form of new Bonnet decals, exclusive mirror decals, side decals positioned towards the lower half of the SUV. While other cosmetic updates include Red inserts on front fog lamps, door handles finished in sporty red appliqué and roof racks finished in elegant Red color. This special edition SUV also gets gray alloy wheels and brake callipers painted in Red, lastly, it also has received the signature sports badge towards the rear profile.
The facelift XUV 500 on which this special edition variant is based on gets vertically slated grille, projector headlamp units and also LED daytime running lamps integrated in the headlamp unit.
Inside the special edition SUV carries over all the features from the W10 grade. Thus the XUV500 Sportz Edition features premium Black and Beige leather upholstery. The Sportz Edition also gets a 7 inch Color Touch Screen Display which has been integrated with GPS, USB (Audio / Video), and Bluetooth Audio, Handsfree Call, iPod connectivity & Picture Viewer. This is the same unit carried over from the W10 grade.
The complete list of hatchbacks under the Crossover skin
Given the fact of immensely rising popularity of compact SUVs and crossovers in the Indian market, it is a no surprise how deeply we Indians have a thing for owning SUVs. It is this serious love for SUVs among Indian customers of today, which is why all the manufactures, especially the global ones, have gone back to their design tables and come up with models which are designed in India for the world. Such is the fascination for SUVs among Indians, that the automakers are not shying off from coming up with hatchback based crossovers.
A category of vehicles rather unheard globally, the hatchback based crossovers come with some added design elements and changes inside and out, which make them look more rugged than their hatchback counterparts. Though, it doesn’t mean that they are off-road ready, for the changes are just aesthetic rather than being functional. The majority of the automakers have taken this rather unique step to raise their sales in the market, which surprisingly is paying them as well.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all those hatchback based crossovers, which have turned to be game changers for their respective parent manufacturers. Following is a complete list of all such hatchbacks which look like jacked up SUVs.
The TUV500 will take on the Ertiga and Lodgy when it launches here.
We have already reported that Mahindra is working on a long wheelbase version of the TUV which will most probably be called TUV500. Recently Autocar India was able to spot the upcoming SUV while it was being tested on the Indian roads. Although the SUV was wrapped in heavy camouflage but the source was able to extract information about the powertrain which will sit underneath the hood of this new upcoming SUV.
The good news is that compared to the TUV300 which has received many negative reviews because of its underpowered engine, the long wheelbase version will be powered by a bigger 1.99 Litre diesel unit. This is the same diesel mill which also powers Scorpio, Xylo as well as the XUV500.
The 1.99 Litre engine is the downsized version of Mahindra’s renowned 2.2 Litre M-Hawk engine. This engine was introduced not so long ago in the Indian market so that they could sell the SUV’s in the markets of Delhi and NCR regions. The engine capacity has been downsized by reducing the engine strokes. Although this is actually a smaller engine compared to the 2.2 Litre unit but it produces more power when compared to the bigger unit.
The XUV500 with the new 1.99 Litre unit produces about 142 Hp of peak power instead of 140 Hp on the bigger 2.2 Litre unit. While the Xylo with the smaller unit now produces about 122 Bhp instead of 120 Bhp with the bigger unit.
Expect the new upcoming TUV500 to also get the same 1.99 Litre engine which will produce around 120 Hp of peak power.
A New TVC from Mahindra surely will tingle your adventure seeking senses
When it comes to Auto manufacturer’s ad campaign there is no denying in the fact that the Mahindra & Mahindra are on top of their game. Their ‘Live For Young’ TVC seriously caught all the adventure enthusiasts attention specially the music and now quite honestly it has actually become an anthem for the adventure seekers of the Country and those who drive Mahindra cars. Quite honestly there is actually no other auto manufacturer who provides such variety of vehicles at such lower price. This has what made M&M one of the most renowned auto makers of the Country.
While in the first TVC campaign we saw a group of adventure seekers go to extreme heights for the sake of adventure with their Mahindra SUV’s. The second version of the Ad campaign too showcases almost the entire SUV range of Mahindra starting from the entry level KUV100, Nuvosport , Quanto, XUV500, Scorpio, Thar and even Bolero.
The second version of the TVC campaign has also actually focussed on the outdoor lifestyle of the Mahindra vehicle owners. The audio too have also been slightly revised and if you want to enjoy this TVC then you should also actually turn up the volume.
The special edition KUV100 was showcased just after few days of the launch of its biggest potential threat Ignis
Mahindra & Mahindra showcased the KUV100 Anniversary edition in India and this special edition compact Crossover will also be launching soon in the Indian market along with the updated variant. Just like we recently reported in our recent preview article of the updated 2017 KUV100 that Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India and initially the vehicle was in high demand but gradually the demand for the SUV has declined and was at its lowest in the month of December 2016.
What is even more interesting is also the fact while the KUV100 was the only Crossover which dominated its segment because it had no other potential threats from any rivals and definitely offered more than any other hatchbacks at this price point. But now after the launch of the Maruti Ignis which actually is more features rich and definitely more fuel efficient. Mahindra definitely needed something fancy in their plate to drive the attention from the recently launched rival on to their own product.
Now in order to increase its sales figures Mahindra surely needed something which could bring back the customers interest back to their entry level offering and hence the anniversary edition. Now unfortunately this special edition KUV100 does not get any major updates under the hood but it surely gets few cosmetic updates which has made the car more attractive.
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the updated Crossover gets a refined engine and few cosmetic updates
Mahindra launched the KUV100 exactly a year ago in India; the auto manufacturer pitched it as a small SUV and their entry level offering for the Indian market. Basically this is actually a beefed up hatchback and gets both petrol and diesel engine under the hood. Although the KUV100 made a fiery start in terms of sales when it was launched initially but slowly the sales number declined and in the month of December 2016 only 1953 units of the vehicle was sold which is actually its lowest numbers since its launch.
Like you all know that the Mahindra KUV100 is definitely not a compact SUV and is also priced lower than most of the other compact SUV offerings. This car now competes directly in the B+ segment hatchbacks and locks horns directly with the recently introduced Maruti Suzuki Ignis which too is actually a beefed up Cross hatchback.
Now that its rival has been launched here how can Mahindra possible stay behind? Thus they have decided to introduce the updated variant of the hatchback. According to the reports of Autocar India not only the KUV100 will get some cosmetic updates but some mechanical updates as well which will make the crossover even more fuel efficient and refined.
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The complete list of all the people movers available in our Country at this moment
India has always been one country, where all the aspects and facts related to unity get affirmed with facts. Be it its cultural and linguistic diversities or the bonds between different generations, everyone has been coexisting with dignified unities. And when it comes to families, the Indians have always shown a warm bonding between all the members, speaking in particular.
Speaking of the automobile industry, given the varying needs of different members of families, the need of a single vehicle complying to all of these needs in a single package has risen in recent times. This is why the segment of multi utility vehicles (MUVs) has seen a positive growth in recent times. This upward growth of MUVs is the reason why all the manufacturers are trying to have a piece of profit in this category, and are not shying off by experimenting too. In the last two years, we have seen everything starting off from a sub four meter compact family wagon to a full fledged luxury seven seater.
In this feature story, we are throwing some light on all the seven seater MUVs which are existing in the Indian market, catering to varying needs of different people, or to be specific, families. Here is a complete list of all the MUVs available in India:-