Mahindra is testing the Quanto facelift in India currently. Latest news suggest it could get a name change too and be called the Canto.
India’s most popular UV and SUV manufacturer Mahindra is testing the facelift of its compact SUV, Quanto. One of lesser popular cars of the company, it needs a comprehensive facelift to make it more appealing. In order to brand the vehicle in a totally different light, the company is planning to rename the car along with the facelift. Latest import records suggest that the SUV could be called ‘Canto’. However, the name doesn’t sound too different from the current name and many might end up calling it the Quanto only. Ssangyong, Mahindra’s South Korean subsidiary seems to be creating moulds for many parts and these are then being imported to India.
Recent spy shots suggest that the Quanto will get plenty of changes to the exteriors and the changes to the interiors would be very few. A hood scoop, new bumper, grille and head lamps along with some other minor changes would freshen up the front-end looks while a new pair of tail lamps and a new bumper would add some appeal to the boring rear-end. The only major change to the interior seems to be the new multi-function steering wheel while the interior colour theme has been changed to grey and beige. Tweaks to the suspension will be made by the Indian carmaker to reduce body roll and improve the ride quality which the Quanto currently fares poorly on.
Even though the exterior gets quite a lot of changes, the Quanto is expected to continue with the same 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine producing 100 PS of power and 240 Nm of torque which gives it decent level of performance. Like all the recent facelifts from various manufacturers, Mahindra might try to increase the ARAI certified fuel efficiency figures which currently stand at 17.1 km/l. The compact SUV would still be offered as a 5-seater with two jump seats at the back which are surprisingly spacious enough. We expect the launch to happen during the festive season. Mahindra will also be launching the XUV facelift tomorrow and the next-generation Bolero is expected soon.
Source – Team-BHP.com