Mahindra working on increasing the U301’s fuel efficiency – Report

Posted on: May 12, 2015 - 4:52pm IST

Reported to get the Quanto’s engine.

A report on Autocar India states that Mahindra is working on increasing the fuel efficiency of the U301 (codename) compact SUV, ahead of its launch slated this year. The report states that the U301’s fuel efficiency will have to exceed that of the Quanto’s (which is rated at 17.21 km/l) for it to strike the value chord among buyers.

Mahindra U301 front three quarters spied testing in Chennai October 2014
The U301 is reported to be based on a ladder-frame platform.

Engineers are presently tweaking the gear ratios and the ECU to achieve a good fuel efficiency figure. Unlike the S101 which is based on a lightweight monocoque platform, the U301 will be a ladder-on-frame compact SUV, but it will duck under the 4 meter length thus qualifying it for small car excise duty benefits.

Power for the compact SUV will be sourced from a 1.5-liter diesel engine, which according to reports, would be carried over from the Quanto. The 1.5-liter unit is nothing but the three-cylinder version of the engine used on the Mahindra Xylo, and makes 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque on the Quanto.

New Mahindra U301 Bolero spied
The U301 is expected to be made available with an AMT from launch.

Also read: Production 2015 Mahindra XUV500 (facelift) snapped without camouflage

On the U301, this engine will be paired to a 5-speed manual and automated manual transmission (AMT), though it remains to be seen if a 4WD variant will be on offer.

Mahindra U301 – Spyshot Gallery

[Source – Autocar India]

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One thought on “Mahindra working on increasing the U301’s fuel efficiency – Report

  1. Dr. Nayak says:

    It is still unclear why Indian auto manufacturers are still designing substandard products in 2015-16? They have to design the products to world market and then strip it down to the local needs. I understand the sub 4 meter length, but all other aspects of these vehicles lack the international level of sophistication. They have the resources, but a clear vison to be the world leader in the field that they operate is missing.

    All the auto manufacturers are assemblers of parts made by large multinational corporations and Mahindra has access to the same parts/sub assembly that MB/BMW/Audi has. In theory Mahindra can manufacture products with advanced components provided they get their basic chassis and engine configuration right. Even the engine and chassis development/refinement is typically handled by subcontractors like AVL. So my question is why these products are substandard, and why they are developing them? One important point to remember is lack of stringent regulations on safety and environment compared to the US/EU. Hopefully people will reject these substandard products on the grounds of poor design when they see the sleek and gleaming imported once pass by. Unfortunately we don’t have many of these in the mass market to make the difference, as the foreign brands are not much different in this category! “Mahindra rise” but on what?


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