Mahindra unveiled its plans to shape the ‘Future of Mobility’ at the Auto Expo 2018. The Future of Mobility is a showcase of Mahindra’s sustainable mobility solutions that are technologically advanced and aim to optimally address the evolving needs and preferences of the consumers. It highlights the company’s future-ready suite of unique passenger and mass mobility products, concepts and solutions built around its ‘3Cs’ philosophy of Clean, Connected and Convenient. As India’s EV pioneer, Mahindra also displayed its widest range of electric vehicles, including concepts and technology.
In the spotlight, was Mahindra’s entire range of electric vehicles, the widest ever displayed, as well as mobility solutions and concepts from three wheelers to buses. This included the UDO, a stylish 2 seater electric pod concept; the ATOM, a new age urban mobility solution for emerging India; the Treo, a cutting-edge Lithium-ion battery powered electric three-wheeler; the e2o NXT, a refreshed version of the e2oPlus hatchback; the eKUV100, India’s first electric mini SUV; and the e-Cosmo, the company’s new electric bus.
Apart from its wide range of electric vehicles, Mahindra also showcased its futuristic range of products. This included SsangYong Motor’s new G4 Rexton, the global SUV with Mahindra badging, which will be launched in India with an all new brand name; the TUV Stinger, the first Indian convertible SUV that personifies Mahindra’s “Live Young Live Free” spirit. Staying true to the ‘3Cs’ philosophy and Mahindra’s promise to deliver utmost customer convenience, the ‘Dealership of the Future’, in collaboration with Pininfarina is an industry-defining concept.
All New Concepts & Solutions
UDO – The UDO is a compact two-seater Concept Electric mobility pod which has been conceptualized to address the issues that plague urban mobility, including traffic congestion and pollution. The UDO is targeted at the tech savvy urban citizen and offers an enclosed architecture with micro climate control, lighting, touch-screen infotainment and blue-tooth enabled audio systems, insulating the urban commuter from the harshness of the urban environment. It is designed to slash congestion and emissions, and also features a “smart fitness” mode which allows commuters to work out while commuting, via a ‘smart cycling’ feature. Moreover, the battery recharges as you pedal, thereby extending the UDO’s range in an environment-friendly manner. Its unique ‘tadpole’ construction also eliminates the need to balance the vehicle with one’s feet, unlike motorbikes or cycles.
ATOM – A futuristic and new age urban mobility concept for a smart India, ATOM is a unique object of mobility designed to cater to varied passenger needs with the perfect blend of ‘Convenience, Comfort and Intelligence’.. It aims to reimagine last-mile connectivity, thereby changing the face of public transportation, while its minimalist design philosophy allows it to retain a compact footprint without compromising on interior space
It is powered by Mahindra’s new electric Powertrain which features batteries that can be swapped to extend the vehicle’s range, allowing it to operate uninterrupted for long hours. The ATOM is a key feature of Mahindra’s mobility vision for India, giving the country its own, indigenously-built, last-mile urban mobility solution. It is also equipped with an intelligent connectivity system, making bookings and payments seamless and easy. At the same time its smart technology allows one to seamlessly connect with multiple transport modes, keeping passengers posted on the next departing train, bus or flight and the nearest boarding points on a real-time basis, apart from a host of safety and convenience features.
e-KUV100 – As India’s first electric SUV, the e-KUV100 heralds a new generation of EVs. Staying true to Mahindra’s lineage of Sports Utility Vehicles, the e-KUV100 combines the benefits of an SUV with the unique advantage of an electric vehicle. At the core of this eco-friendly vehicle lies a city-friendly motor. It boasts a range of over 140 km, and optional fast charging which can extend its range by 80% in less than an hour. Its unique SUV design coupled with a compact footprint means it can go anywhere, while its silent drive coupled with auto transmission offers a relaxing and fatigue-free drive in chaotic city traffic. The future is not only electric but also connected. The e-KUV100, thus, boasts smart phone connectivity, remote diagnostics, cabin pre-cooling, location tracking and it even monitors your driving pattern and battery status. As the SUV of the future, the e-KUV100 is nothing short of an object of desire!
Treo – Mahindra’s first low maintenance Li-thium ion battery powered three wheeler is aptly named Treo. This vehicle aims to promote mass adoption of electric vehicles in the country. The Treo will facilitate last mile movement and connectivity in tier 1 as well as tier 2 and 3 cities.
e2o NXT – The e2o NXT is a refreshed version of the e2oPlus and boasts of a modified exterior and interior as well as a larger infotainment system.
e-COSMO Electric Bus – With innovation and technology as a core theme, Mahindra has designed and developed its first electric bus, the e-COSMO in India. At the heart of this electric vehicle is the efficient “state-of-the-art” direct drive motor developed in partnership with TM4, Canada, one of the most renowned players in the global EV eco system. This zero-emission bus has the highly reliable electric power train system, battery packaging with sophisticated BMS (Battery Management System), regenerative braking system and many more custom made solutions.
The electric bus is designed in such a way that it provides comfort to the driver and passengers and also ensures less cost of ownership. Mahindra electric buses offer a variety of seating options in various configurations, ensuring maximum usage
MESMA (Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture) – 380 Volt Powertrain – Marking a major shift from the current 48/72 V system of EVs in India, the 380 Volt modular powertrain utilises e-motors by TM4 and cells from LG chemicals. With its unique build, it can be adjusted in terms of length and width to accommodate different kinds of vehicles, while retaining the high efficiency and performance that it promises to deliver. Created at India’s first electric vehicle innovation center, the platform opens a plethora of opportunities for Mahindra Electric to forge synergies with Mahindra Group companies such as SsangYong and Pininfarina amongst others.
Mahindra Racing – On the Podium of Success
Mahindra Racing is one of ten founding teams – and the only Indian team – to compete in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first all-electric racing series. The M3Electro race car, introduced in Season 3, proved to be a competitive package getting the team its first win, with a total of ten podiums, three pole positions and two fastest lap awards. With these strong results, Mahindra Racing secured third place in the Teams’ Championship and rookie driver, Felix Rosenqvist took third place in the Drivers’ Championship.
The team got off to a strong start in Season 4 with a race win and podium finish at the Hong Kong ePrix in December 2017. This top form continued into the next race in Marrakesh in January 2018 with Mahindra Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist finishing first in a competitive race. After the first three races of the new season, Mahindra Racing leads both the Constructor and Driver championships in Formula E, a truly historic achievement for Indian motorsport on the global stage.
SsangYong’s G4 Rexton now with Mahindra Badging – One for the future!
Mahindra displayed the SsangYong G4 Rexton with Mahindra badging, to enhance its legacy in the premium SUV segment. This will be launched with an all new brand name in India. The all new global SUV which has won many international awards and accolades, is SsangYong’s flagship SUV and heralds major advances in style, quality, safety and technology for the brand.
The G4 Rexton SUV is a perfect blend of striking design, plush interiors and superior build quality. This luxurious SUV, packed with top notch equipment will set new benchmarks and provide an unmatched driving experience coupled with off-road capability.
The Rexton comes with a 7-speed Mercedes-BenzTM automatic transmission and its new 2.2L engine delivers 178bhp power and 420NM torque.
Its impressive equipment list boasts of HID headlamps, LED DRLs, electric sunroof, dual zone automatic climate control, ventilated seats, 8” touch screen infotainment system with GPS navigation, 9 airbags, electric parking brake and much more. The Rexton’s cabin also exudes top-class quality. The soft-feel plastics and premium cognac brown leather used all around the cabin offer a rich, optimum experience.
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TUV Stinger – Unlimited Possibilities
The new TUV Stinger concept is the first Indian convertible SUV that seamlessly marries the capability of an SUV with the stylishness of a convertible, exuding Mahindra’s “Live Young Live Free” spirit. The TUV Stinger is aimed at young active lifestyle seekers and urban explorers and epitomizes the ‘Be Free to Be Me’ principle for free spirited individuals.
Powered by an engine from Mahindra’s iconic mHawk family, the TUV Stinger delivers 140 BHP and 320 Nm of torque. Designed as an urbane, rugged vehicle, the TUV Stinger radiates confidence and assurance, with the promise of safety and reliability. The big logo applique in the front is inspired by a bird in flight and symbolises the true spirit of freedom. The beast’s muscular wheel arches and robust body cladding exude a macho appeal. It’s simple yet distinctive lighting signature is inspired by the scorpion, while the stylish LED head lamps and tail lamps add to the vehicle’s contemporary appeal.
Its interiors are luxuriously appointed, with plush seats, premium design and a high seating position. There’s also abundant leg room and unlimited head room on offer. The feature-rich infotainment system guarantees on-the-go connectivity.