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All you need to know about the new Mahindra NuvoSport

All you need to know about the new Mahindra NuvoSport
Sagar Bhanushali Sagar Bhanushali Monday 04 April 2016, 18:46 PM

Mahindra has finally replaced its ageing Quanto with a new model that goes by the name of NuvoSport. Now although this boldly named model has some stiff competition (Read: Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza) to face, the NuvoSport’s attractive pricing and spacious interiors are bound to attract many takers. Here’s all you need to know about this new product.

Starting with the design, the NuvoSport looks far sportier compared to the old Quanto, thanks to its completely redesigned front-end. There’s the signature Mahindra grille design with vertical slats, a large bonnet scoop (first in this segment) and flared wheel arches. The oddly positioned daytime running lights, however, look out of place. Nevertheless, what adds more to the street presence are the 16-inch alloy wheels and the tailgate-mounted spare wheel.

Inside, the overall design changes aren’t as many as one would hope for, especially after looking at the refreshed exterior. Mahindra has retained most of the Quanto’s dashboard though there are some all-new bits like the instrument cluster and the infotainment system.

Like all new Mahindra models, the NuvoSport is loaded to the boot with standard equipment in top-spec variants including a 6.2-inch touchscreen Infotainment system, ECO/power mode, cruise control, driver information system and electric mirrors. More importantly, dual airbags and ABS with EBD are available as optional from base variant while they are standard from mid variant ABS with EBD. The NuvoSport also features side intrusion beams for better occupant safety.

As you may have guessed it by looking at it, the NuvoSport is the widest and the tallest in its class, something which is apparent the moment you step in. The cabin (featuring 7 seats) is quite flexible, too, with 60:40 split for the rear seats. Additionally, the tiny seats in the third row can be folded down to allow the second row seats to be reclined. The boot space, at 412-litres, is quite impressive as well.

Underneath the revised exterior and the interior, the NuvoSport packs in a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 100bhp of power and 240Nm of torque. The latter figure is the highest in this segment. Like in the TUV300, there are Eco and Power modes to suit different driving conditions.

The old Quanto was sold as a manual only, but the NuvoSport is being offered in both manual and AMT guise. The latter gearbox option is bound to prove popular among those who spend most of their driving time within city limits. Chassis wise, the NuvoSport is based on the latest-gen Scorpio platform. This ladder frame design has been re-tuned to offer better shock absorption.

With prices starting at Rs 7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Thane) for the entry-level N4 variant, the NuvoSport is now on sale. There are six colour options and equal number of variants namely N4, N6 and N8 (N6 and N8 are available with optional AMT versions and the N4 will come with optional dual airbags and ABS with EBD). All in all, it competes in the hotly contested compact crossover segment with cars like the Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.

 

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