At the Auto Expo 2020, Mahindra had a few electric cars on display including the eKUV100, eXUV300, Funster convertible electric SUV concept and Atom quadricycle.
Mahindra Pavilion Walkaround at Auto Expo 2020
Mahindra launched the eKUV100 at Rs. 8.25 lakh (Delhi after local subsidies). It has a 147km range on a full charge from a 15.9kWh battery pack. It has a power of 54PS and torque output of 120Nm. To put things into perspective, the Tata Nexon electric has a 30.2kWh battery and torque of 245Nm.
There was also eXUV300, which will go on sale in 2021. It is expected to come with an electric motor churning out 130PS of power from a 40kWh battery pack. The range is expected to be between 250km and 400km depending on variants, which could get different battery capacity and motor configuration.
The Atom is supposed to replace the autorickshaw. It has air conditioning, a touchscreen infotainment system and a phone mount. All of these point towards app-based ride-sharing platforms like Ola and Uber. The Atom’s compact dimensions will help the companies expand their reach as it can drive through narrow streets. However, its initial cost of acquisition will be significantly higher than an autorickshaw. No further details about power/torque output, battery capacity, driving range or cost were revealed about this car.
Despite being the farthest from production, the Funster electric concept was stealing all the limelight at Mahindra’s stall. It will get a 59.1kWh battery pack with 4 motors - 1 for each wheel for a total power output of 310PS. It will be capable of sprinting to 100kmph in under 5 seconds and have a range of 520km on a full charge.
Mahindra displayed its range of turbo petrol engines under the mStallion brand. The 1.2-litre turbo petrol will have 130PS of power and 230Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine will make 163PS of power and 280Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine will have 190PS of power and 380Nm of torque. All three engines will be compatible with 6-speed manual transmission. The 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre engines will also be compatible with 6-speed AMT automatic and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the bigger 2.0-litre engine will get an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The first car to get the new mStallion engine will be the XUV300, which was showcased at the Expo.
Alturas G4 and Marazzo from the current line of cars available from Mahindra were also on display at the Auto Expo 2020. The Alturas G4 is a full-size SUV, with a price tag starting at Rs. 27.7 lakh for the 2-wheel drive model while the 4-wheel drive model costs Rs. 30.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Marazzo MPV starts at Rs. 10.0 lakh and goes up to Rs. 14.77 lakh.