Mahindra Inferno will compete against Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Isuzu MU-X; launch on November 19
Mahindra & Mahindra is on an aggressive strategy to bring in new products and the arrival of the competitively priced Marazzo MPV is a prime example. Another two vehicles in the pipeline from the largest UV maker in the country are a rebadged version of SsangYong G4 Rexton and the subcompact S201 SUV.
With Mahindra not opting to go with XUV700 nomenclature as previously believed, it will have a distinctive identity on its own just like the Marazzo. Codenamed Y400, the full-sized SUV could likely carry production name ‘Mahindra Inferno‘. It stands in line with Mahindra’s tradition of ending its range of SUVs with ‘O’ letter.
The ‘Inferno’ word originated in the mid 19th century from Italian (from Christian Latin infernus) and it means to indicate uncontrollable and dangerously large chaotic fire. Unlike Marazzo, derived from Basque a sub-language of Spanish, the Inferno is a commonly used word and it bodes well with the upcoming flagship SUV.
The Mahindra Inferno will be slotted above the XUV500 and it essentially replaces the underwhelming SsangYong Rexton in India. It will reportedly have high localisation to be priced boldly against rivals, as it may undercut segment-leading Toyota Fortuner by around Rs. 4-5 lakh.
Debuting under SsangYong badge at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show as G4 Rexton, its exterior has been largely influenced by LIV-2 concept. As we have seen in the undisguised spy pictures, Mahindra has made changes up front with its signature vertical grille slats and other minor tweaks to bring it closer to the design language of its domestic portfolio.
Built on ‘quad frame’ construction, the monocoque SUV measures 4,850 mm in length, 1,920 mm in width, and has a height of 1,800 mm with longer wheelbase than Fortuner at 2,865 mm. Although offered in a number of powertrain choices, India will only boast a 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel pushing out 187 horsepower and 420 Nm torque.
It is connected to a seven-speed torque converter automatic sourced from Mercedes-Benz as you can see in the interior spy shot and it sends power to either two- or four-wheel-drive system. Mahindra will ensure an upmarket interior with high quality material finishes and it will look almost identical to the G4 Rexton.
Stepping inside the cabin, the Mahindra inferno SUV will come equipped with layered dashboard, 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, brown Nappa leather upholstery, power operated tailgate, 360 degree camera, automatic climate control function and so on. It could offer the standard 5-year warranty as well like the facelifted Isuzu MU-X and be priced around Rs. 23-24 lakh (ex-showroom) for the 4×2 variant.