It is a known fact that the Mahindra Quanto was a dud. The failure of this utility vehicle was the result of a number of reasons like cheap quality of materials, harsh ride and unattractive looks. Mahindra is now trying to make amends and is launching an update to the Quanto. They displayed a Quanto at the Auto Expo this year with an AMT(automatic manual transmission) gearbox and after that, they have changed the styling of the car too. Mahindra has been testing the Quanto facelift for quite some time now.
The Quanto facelift was spotted undergoing camouflaged testing again before its launch this year. The Quanto gets an all-new design at the front, complete with a redesigned front bumper, a new grille and even a hood scoop. Going by the spy shots, we can clearly make out that Mahindra is trying to make the Quanto look like its elder sibling, the Mahindra Scorpio and that is not a bad thing at all. In fact I personally feel that the Scorpio is the best looking Mahindra out there today, especially after the facelift.
The side profile of the Quanto facelift doesn’t get many changes, but the rear has been changed slightly with the inclusion of LED tail lamps. The biggest criticism the Quanto has faced was that the interiors were low quality and that the materials felt too hard, but that is all going to change with the Quanto facelift. Along with getting better quality materials, the interiors of the Quanto might get more color options added too.
Mahindra is taking the criticisms received by the Quanto very seriously indeed, as they are taking care of the other main criticism received about the Quanto too. Critics had complained about harsh ride quality and high NVH levels inside the car, and Mahindra has now adjusted and retuned the suspension to rid the Quanto of this problem.
The Quanto will still be powered by the same 1.5 liter, 3-cylinder, turbo diesel engine and will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, but for those seeking increased comfort levels, Mahindra will also provide an AMT gearbox as an option. Mahindra has named their AMT gearbox, the autoSHIFT.
The Quanto facelift will be launched in next 4-5 months, probably during the festive season.
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