Mahindra is readying its face lifted Quanto for a launch. Motoroids reader Abhijit Ranpise has managed to click a few images of a test mule in Nashik, and here is what we can decipher.
To start with, there have been reports of the Quanto getting a name change upon the introduction of the refresh. The car may be called the Canto, upon its launch, possibly to make it look like a ‘newer’ model than it actually is, as the Quanto didn’t do particularly well. The new vehicle is expected to draw some styling cues from the Mahindra Genio we spied exclusively a few days back. However, looking at the grille of the car we snapped, and having another look at the grille of the face lifted Quanto elsewhere on the web, we can say conclusively that the two cars won’t have a similar grille.
That having been said, it’s the radiator grille, front bumpers and the bonnet where the new Quanto / Canto will see the most amount of alteration. The new version will have a more angular, aggressive front, with squarer lines, central air dam with honey comb mesh and a Scorpio-like prominent opening in the bonnet trying to add some macho appeal to the model. The headlamps, in some previously spied images, also reveal a set of daytime running LEDs.
We cannot spot any difference at the rear, as the greenhouse area, the shape of the windows, position of the side and rear footboard along with other details remains unchanged over the current model. One change that we do notice, however is the shape of the wheel arches which seem to be more well-defined, prominent and more angular.
In terms of engine, expect the new Quanto / Canto to retain the three-cylinder diesel engine from the current-gen model with 100bhp of peak power and 240Nm of torque, delivered to the rear wheels. Transmission, however, may see some changes with the introduction of an automated manual transmission for the model.
On the inside, the Quanto is expected to get some nip and tuck with better quality materials and some feature additions. The car will get Xylo’s multi function steering wheel, spruced up instrumentation and will also likely see an improvement in its fit and finish.
Expected to be offered in three trim levels C2, C4 and C6, the new Quanto / Canto will be priced between Rs 6.5 to 8 lakh. Expect a launch this festive season.