The Quanto isn't just about being a chopped up Xylo, but also about it having one cylinder lower than the bigger MUV's engine. Despite that, it aims big but is it really everything that Mahindra promises it to be?
If there ever was a magic number for the new generation it’s got to be ‘4’. The mantra today is most definitely about squeezing out the most that you can from a limited size whether it’s your workforce, your cellphone or your car’s engine. With the 4-metre length criteria set by the Indian government for a hefty relief in excise duties in place almost half a decade ago, everyone is now scrambling to fit into that space. But these aren’t vehicles that have an ambition to be small – these are cars that deliver big, but want to squeeze out that much more from the regulations and quite literally at that. So you’ve got sedans that are chopping their boots smaller and hatches that are extending themselves to within millimetres of the magic length value. But now, there are also MPVs that are looking to fit in and depending on how well that bit is taken care of, it could either be brilliant or a disaster. The Quanto is exactly such kind of a car and at the outset opinion seems divided on whether it is a mutated tall boy hatch or a big people mover that’s been given the longitudinal squeeze. To clear the air though,...read more »
The Mahindra Quanto is here and it aims to fill a lot of gaps. We take a look at some of the Quanto's competitors across the segment
Smart thinking thy name is the product development team within Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Starting off with the sound building block that is the Xylo, the wily folks at M&M have done the deal to carve out an under four-metre seven-seater mini-MUV and pushed it head long into confrontation with the large-size hatchbacks. And with an all new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine and a sorted ride to offer the much needed alternative to the ubiquitous large hatchbacks which constitute the largest selling segment in the Indian car market, Quanto-nomous is how it has turned out to be, states Adil Jal Darukhanawala after a short opening stint behind the wheel of India's newest compact MUV
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