Mahindra & Mahindra launched the Quanto Compact SUV in Indian market in September-2013. But things didn’t work out as the company calculated, the Quanto could not deliver the desired results and proved to be a dud seller. However, the company isn’t letting the Quanto go off the radar just yet!
In the second innings, Mahindra is banking on this model to make its presence felt in the competitive Compact SUV segment. The Quanto’s upgraded version is likely to get a comprehensive facelift and is being worked upon under the codename U215. The company plans to position new Quanto between the under development compact SUV codenamed S101 and Mahindra Bolero facelift.
The Quanto is rumored to get an 4×4 and a AMT variant, additional to the regular variant. Recently, I spotted this test vehicle in the Mangalore-Udupi highway, to my surprise it’s neither a 4×4 or a AMT or a petrol variant as rumored earlier. Instead, it’s the regular diesel variant mated 5-speed manual gearbox without any cosmetic changes too. What could this be then?
Is Mahindra testing the Quanto’s 3-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine in a different state of tune, we have every reason to believe that this is indeed testing a tweaked engine under its hood. As the Quanto’s 1.5-litre twin-turbo diesel engine will make way in the S101 compact SUV and the next-generation Bolero.
And don’t expect the Quanto to get 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine in India, which was launched in Algerian market last-year to keep it in the excise duty benefit bracket. The current Quanto with its 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine produces 100 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 240 Nm of torque between 1,600-2,800 rpm. With the 5-speed manual transmission, Mahindra claims an efficiency of 17.21 kmpl.
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Also see – First Drive & Review – Mahindra Quanto