Mahindra has shared an official teaser for the 2020 Auto Expo, in which you can see four new electric vehicles.
Mahindra has not revealed the names of the four upcoming electric vehicles. From the teaser image, it is clear that the first three are SUVs and the last one is the 2018 Atom concept-based quadricycle. Mahindra has shared that all the four products will be part of the largest showcase of EVs at the upcoming Auto Expo, which starts on 5th Feb.
Speaking about the vehicles in the teaser image, the XUV500 Electric is the first and biggest of the lot and is evidently in its concept format. Set to be launched later this year in petrol and diesel engine options, next-generation Mahindra XUV500 was spied on Indian roads on multiple occasions. The platform is shared with Ford India, under the newly formed Mahindra-Ford JV. At least in terms of styling, the all-electric XUV500 will borrow a lot from its ICE counterpart.
The next car in the teaser is the XUV300 Electric. Unlike the XUV500 electric, which will be showcased as a concept, this one is expected to debut in a production-ready form. It is based on the current XUV300 compact-SUV which is available in both petrol and diesel engine formats. Upon launch, it will take on the likes of the Tata Nexon EV, Hyundai Kona EV and MG ZS EV.
The Mahindra eKUV100 was already showcased to the public in a production-ready format back at Auto Expo 2018 alongside some other interesting products. No details of the highly-anticipated all-electric variant of the XUV300 were revealed by the brand till now, other than the assurance that it was indeed under the works.
The Mahindra Atom quadricycle was also previewed at Auto Expo 2018 and early reports suggested that it will take on petrol and diesel offerings in the Indian LCV (Light Commerical Vehicle) segment by 2021. In comparison to its rather unrealistic concept format in 2018, Auto Expo 2020 might see it in a more launch-ready avatar.
From the models shown, the Mahindra eXUV300 is the most anticipated product-debut, simply because the much-awaited Tata Nexon EV — it’s one and only direct rival — was launched at a compelling price tag starting from around Rs 14 lakh ex-showroom. Mahindra has to target this figure or lesser in order to have an edge over Tata Motors’ EV portfolio.
Auto Expo 2020 will be exciting for EV enthusiasts and supporters in the country and it is good to see that major names in the business are bringing out their best in the emission-free, eco-friendly (arguable) automotive space at compelling price tags. Which new Mahindra EV are you most excited about?