There's a lot you already know about the Quanto, but just a day before its launch we're going to give you a roundup of what we know - including what we believe will be the pricing. More information below.
The Quanto is a sub-four metre car, but it is still registered as a seven-seater thanks to two sideways-facing seats at the rear. The boot is tiny, and not really usable if those seats are occupied by anyone with long legs. The interiors are reminiscent of the Xylo, with lots of elements carried over for saving on cost. Plastic quality isn't bad, but it is not as good as the Xylo's. Legroom is good for the first two rows, and is one of the selling points of the car. We've also heard rumours that there will be AC vents for the second and/or third rows, because the big glass area will require good cooling. The air-con is up to it, however, with the capability to chill the cabin quickly and repeatedly in minutes.
The engine is a derivative of the M2Di, but with three cylinders. It will displace 1398 or 1399cc, which brings it well within the 1.5-litre mandate to qualify for the second excise benefit. The engine manages to return 17kmpl regularly during testing, which is really very impressive for a front-engined, rear-drive platform. Ride and handling are better than the Xylo because it sits lower. We also suspect the wheel rim diameter to be an inch smaller than the Xylo's, which will contribute to this.
All this goodness will be made available for a base price of Rs 5 lakh, with the ABS and airbag-equipped (we've even heard rumours of climate control!) top-spec variant costing a little less than Rs 7.5 lakh. That is incredible value for money, just like Mahindra products always are.
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A single day remains until the company releases all the information about the Quanto - and we'll be there covering it. Stay tuned.