Mahindra confirms all-new SUV based on Ssangyong X100 platform

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X100 platform underpins the Ssangyong Tivoli SUV.

Speaking to reporters, Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra has confirmed that an all new SUV will be introduced in the Indian market. It will be based on the Ssangyong X100 platform that also underpins the India-bound Ssangyong Tivoli, and could be positioned below the Korean SUV.

SsangYong Tivoli right front three quarter at Auto Expo 2016
The new SUV will be based on the Ssangyong X100 platform that also underpins the India-bound Ssangyong Tivoli.

Apart from its confirmation, details on the new Mahindra SUV are scarce. The SUV will introduce an all new 1.5L petrol engine which will also be offered in the their current range of compact SUVs like the TUV300 and NuvoSport. It’s unclear if the diesel variant will source the 1.6 unit from the Tivoli, or introduce an all new engine.

At the FIA Formula E championship in London, Dr Goenka confirmed that Mahindra is working on two new platforms, one of which will underpin an SUV due to arrive in the next 14 or 15 months. The second new platform will be introduced in a product a year after that.

Mahindra XUV Aero profile at Auto Expo 2016
A sportier variant of the XUV500 could be introduced in the market, if demand exists.

Also Read: Mahindra KUV100 Xplorer Edition launched

Mahindra is also working with Pininfarina on an all new electric car for international markets that will rival Tesla’s products. It could arrive in the market before the end of the decade.

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