Of late, the compact SUV segment has become a synonym of a great package when it comes to buying a new vehicle in India under a bracket of INR 10 lakh. With auto majors like Renault, Ford and Mahindra among others, this space has secured itself a certain position over the years. From the country's most sought after UV (Utility Vehicle) manufacturer, this latest offering, NuvoSport tries to shout out loud as its replaces the Quanto in the brand's product line-up as it is pitted against the likes of Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Brezza.
Sub-four-meter compact SUV – the NuvoSport is based on the current generation Scorpio's ladder-frame platform. It is positioned one notch above the Mahindra TUV300, it is priced at INR 7.4 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi) for its most economical trim.
The outgoing model – Quanto was launched back in 2012 with a bag full of expectations, however, it struggled a lot but could not live up to the mark and started drowning in its highly competitive segment. As a result Mahindra went back to the drawing board to come up with this facelifted version. This latest version is aimed to lure the young buyers. It is available in six trims namely- N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT.
Mahindra NuvoSport Exterior-
The NuvoSport looks more sportier and refreshed than its predecessor, thanks its to SUV-ish stance, boxy design and revised styling. It gets an aggressive front stance. To be precise, the design is neither that bad nor that good to make it look appealing to the masses. Up front, it looks like a toned down version of the current generation Scorpio. The Bonnet is wide and is placed high incorporating sharp line that further accentuates its robust stance.
Its decked up front facade comprises of a black hexagonal grille with regular vertical slats seen in most of Mahindra vehicles, angular headlamps just below the eyebrow-like LED daytime running lamps give it an unusual appeal. The bull bar with a silver accent for a faux bash plate at lower half of the bumper, larger air dams, chrome encircled fog lamps make it look quite rugged.
Moving to the sides, the successor still will remind you off the Quanto. It seems almost similar, however, this time the company has enhanced its virtual appeal by adding black plastic body cladding at the bottom and pronounced wheel arches with an all new alloy wheel design. Its rear profile largely remains untouched. A new spare wheel cover, roof spoiler and a set of clear lens tail lights have all been thrown into this package.
The company has launched it with a choice of six colours: Diamond White, Molten Red, Mist Silver, Fiery Black, Rust Orange and Regal Blue. Dimensions states that this compact SUV measures 3,985mm in length, 1,870mm in height, and 1,850mm in width while its wheelbase is 2,760mm. From its earlier 412-Litre of boot space, the new model now stands to provide 850-Litres which more than half off what was being offered.
Mahindra NuvoSport Interior-
On the inside, it feels slightly up-market and premium than that off the outgoing version. The material quality used on the inside has been improved marginally. It gets a new beige dashboard alongside new dual-tone black and beige leather upholstery which makes it look quite spacious despite its boxy design. However, the overall layout remains unchanged.
The top-of-the-line trim is loaded up to the brim with noteworthy features for instance 2-DIN touchscreen infotainment system comprising USB, a CD player and AUX-in options, newly designed steering wheel with mounted audio controls, an air conditioning unit, eight-way adjustable seat with lumbar support. The cabin boasts seven-seat layout, though third bench which happen to be jump seats can only accommodate kids.
Mahindra NuvoSport Engine –
Powering Mahindra NuvoSport is the same three-cylinder, 1.5-litre mHawk80 diesel engine which comes with two driving modes namely- Eco (Economy) and PWR (Power). In fact the company is using the same power train in the TUV300. In the NuvoSport, the engine has been fine tuned to produce 100 Bhp of maximum power @ 3,750 rpm and 240Nm of peak torque between 1,600- 2,800 rpm in Power Mode whereas the Eco mode plunges power and dishes out only 71.6 Bhp with 180Nm torque.
As for the transmission duty, Mahindra has deployed a five-speed manual and a five-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) gearbox. Talking about the safety, this compact SUV comes equipped with ABS with EBD, cruise control, engine immobilizer, speed sensing door lock,central locking and dual airbags on the high-end spec variant.
Mahindra NuvoSport Competition-
This sub-four-meter utility vehicle breaks cover into the extremely competitive segment which is currently being dominated by the Ford EcoSport (after price cut, it has become more considerable product) and recently launched Maruti Vitara Brezza is also taking it by storm.