Mahindra & Mahindra launched copiously reworked Quanto SUV as NuvoSport April 4 in the bourgeoning compact SUV space. According to reports, Mahindra has built capacity to produce 18,000 NuvoSports per year at its Nashik plant.
This translates in to 1,500 units per month. The number is more than twice of the Qaunto's monthly sales, Autocar Professional reported. However, in comparison to the other compact SUV, the projected figure for NuvoSport is less. Another fresh launch in the segment, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza got a good start with 5,563 units being dispatched in March.
However, the limited sales of the NuvoSport is not expected to hit the overall sales of Mahindra. Unlike several other manufacturers who have only one model in the compact SUV segment, Mahindra has the TUV300 and KUV100, apart from the NuvoSport. The TUV300 has registered sales of 20,000 units since its launch in September 2016, while the KUV100 launched Jan. 15 got a good start with 35,000 bookings.
The NuvoSport is a Rs. 115 crore project by Mahindra developed in less than two years.
The NuvoSport features new platform and offered in three main variants and three sub-variants — N4, N6 and N8 and N4+, N6 AMT, N8 AMT. Powering the new NuvoSport is a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel mHawk100 engine, which is tuned to belt out 100bhp of power and 240Nm of peak torque. The transmission is taken care of by a five-speed manual gearbox while the mid and top variants offered with AMT. NuvoSport has been priced starting at Rs. 7.35 lakh (ex-showroom, Thane).