New Mahindra SUV, rival to Hyundai Creta, Tata H5X – Spied on highway

Spied on a test run in Chennai, the Mahindra's SsangYong Tivoli based SUV was noted with production spec tail lamps and alloy wheels. Images shared by reader Mr Ganesh.

Mahindra is actively testing its own iteration of the SsangYong Tivoli SUV prior to launch in India. This premium family SUV has been conceptualized and built according to European standards and targets premium car buyers in India.

Set to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Tata H5X (entry-level variants), it is built on the same monocoque chassis of the Tivoli, which is already on sale in many markets across the globe. There are expected to be two versions of the SUV. One will be a sub 4 meter variant to rival the likes of Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza, while the other, which has been spied below, is a longer variant.

Sporting similar dimensions and exteriors as the Tivoli, Mahindra’s upcoming SUV on test has also been noted with some visual changes. It gets a new front fascia, high mounted headlamps, horizontal front grille and massive bumpers. On its sides, haunches over wheels are seen, similar in design to the Mahindra KUV100 while tail lamps are reminiscent of the Mini Countryman.

Interiors sport a host of driver and passenger comforts. Seating is comfortable and well contoured and driver seat is with height adjustable function. There is a touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate controls and push button start along with instrument cluster with analog clocks offering information on time, fuel capacity, distance to empty and engine temperature.

In terms of safety, one can expect to see a total of 7 airbags, ABS, EBD and Electronic Stability Control. It will be built of 70% high tensile steel adding to its safety.

Engine specifications on the Mahindra’s SsangYong Tivoli-based compact SUV could include a 1.2 liter G80 turbo petrol and a 1.5 liter diesel engine. It could also get new 1.6 liter petrol and diesel engines, which are currently under development. Transmission options would be manual as standard, along with automatic on few variants. More details to be revealed closer to launch date.