Mahindra launched the NuvoSport on Monday, with prices starting at Rs 7.35 lakh for the base N4 variant, going all the way up to Rs 9.76 lakh for the top of the line N8 with a 5-speed AMT. The NuvoSport effectively is the SUV manufacturer’s third offering in the sub 4-metre category, alongside the smaller KUV100 and more muscular TUV300.
The NuvoSport replaces the not-so-successful Quanto, and Mahindra is hoping the new NuvoSport will be successful, especially with its more appealing design, new engine, chassis and suspension.
The NuvoSport is better to look at than the Quanto, especially from the front which has a distinctive SUV-like stance unlike the Quanto that looked way too similar to the Xylo to appeal to those wanting a compact SUV. Head on, it looks more modern and sporty, especially with the unique design of the LED DRLs that sit independently above the headlights and also the wide, vertical slatted grille and air scoop on the hood.
The sides are not as impressive while the rear is more or less identical to the Quanto with the same curvy design and the tail lights and spare wheel cover being same.
Under the hood is Mahindra’s new three-cylinder diesel engine dubbed the mHAWK 100. It is the same as the TUV300’s engine but makes 100PS in this guise as opposed to 80PS in the TUV300. Torque rating is 240Nm which Mahindra claims is best in class. The higher N6 and N8 come with the choice of either the same 5-speed manual gearbox as the N4 or a 5-speed AMT, to enhance its positioning as an urban SUV.
A petrol engine equipped version of the NuvoSport will be launched in the near future.
The NuvoSport sits on Mahindra’s third generation chassis, the same as the new Scorpio, which should endow the NuvoSport with far better ride and handling characteristics than the Quanto.