Mahindra has launched the Quanto compact SUV in the Indian market. Based on the larger Xylo, Mahindra chopped the rear off to get it under 4-meters in length. The company has given the car a new 1.5-litre diesel engine as well. In India, vehicles which are less than 4-meters in length and have an engine capacity less than 1.5-litres (diesel) or 1.2-litres (gasoline), benefit from a lower excise duty of 12% against 27%.
Due to the borrowed styling, the Mahindra Quanto doesn’t look good. It looks out of proportion and bulky from most angles. Mahindranoffers ABS, airbags, alloy wheels, a 2-DIN audio system etc with the top-end variant of the Quanto. The company has plonked in a down-sized version of their 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The new 1.5-liter engine uses twin-turbos to produce 100 BHP and 240 Nm from its 3-cylinder heart.
In the export version, Mahindra will offer a more powerful, 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine. The company will start exporting the Quanto to Europe early next year. The 2.2-liter diesel engine produces 120 BHP of power and 290 Nm of torque. The Quanto is a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but the export version will get 4-wheel drive. After looking at engine and styling, would you buy the Quanto compact SUV, when it goes on sale in Europe?
Faisal Ali Khan is the owner/operator of MotorBeam.com, a website covering the auto industry of India.