Mahindra Quanto ready to make its South African debut

Posted on: Mar 11, 2013 - 10:30am IST

IOLMotoring reports that Mahindra is preparing the Quanto for its South African debut.

Mahindra Quanto

M&M already sells a wide range of products in the South African market such as the XUV500, Xylo, Scorpio, Scorpio Pik-up and multiple variants of the Genio. Now, it is time for the South Africans to enjoy the budget UV from Mahindra.

The need for upgrading from the sedan or a hatchback to an SUV is consistent across markets, be it India, Europe or South Africa. Thus, to tap into potential demand, Mahindra has decided take the Quanto to South Africa.

Considering South Africa is a RHD market, there is hardly anything required to change in the product. The Quanto will even carry the 1.5-litre mCR100 diesel engine with twin-scroll turbocharging technology to South Africa. This engine is capable of 100 PS and 240 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Thanks to the Start-Stop system, the Quanto can deliver a respectable mileage of 17.2 kmpl.

The Mahindra Quanto is based on the same ‘Ingenio’ platform of the Xylo but is 535 mm shorter than the elder brother. Being smaller means it is also 190 kg lighter than the Xylo.

No word yet as to how much the Quanto will cost in South Africa. Rest assured, we will keep you updated on the Quanto’s journey to South Africa, so stick around to


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3 thoughts on “Mahindra Quanto ready to make its South African debut

  1. Simit Roy says:

    I have been using Mahindra car been a long time now,I am planning to purchase Mahindra Quanto c8 version. Any body please suggest me
    Quanto is good or not.

  2. Govind says:

    ” The need for upgrading from the sedan or a hatchback to an SUV is consistent across markets, be it India, Europe or South Africa. ” –

    Like your carefully worded statement 🙂 It’s not an upgrade to buy an SUV, it’s a PERSONAL REQUIREMENT considering your lifestyle and needs !!! In India, 99% of the folks who buy SUV’s do not really require one. It’s just a fashion statement people try to make 🙂

    I’d urge you to put a stop to such immature statements for the sake of this country. Let people buy cars per their requirements.

    Regarding Quanto, it would be an extinct species by the end of this year with such miserable sales numbers after 6 months of launch.

    1. Hello Govind, we are talking from the perspective of the manufacturer, not the buyer – he needs to upgrade his product lines from just sedans and hatchbacks to increase his volumes as the projections are lucrative. The Juke, Duster, Kuga, EcoSport are examples of this growth story – they are new additions to the family in the B and the C segment which mostly were populated with just hatchbacks and sedans. The whole paragraph revolves around how the manufacturer has to change his strategy to get the best of the current conditions.


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