Mahindra NuvoSport Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox


Mahindra Nuvo Sport Overview

Mahindra has been on an onslaught and from being a seller of big vehicles, the company has attacked the sub 4-metre space with full ammo. The TUV300 wasn’t launched much long ago and soon Mahindra followed up with the launch of the KUV100, it’s second monocoque vehicle (after the XUV500). Now the Indian automaker has launched the NuvoSport which is nothing but the Quanto facelift but it does get significant changes to deserve the new name. However, with the TUV300 on sale, the Mahindra NuvoSport feels like a futile exercise, or does it? For more information on car loans check Fincarz.

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Exteriors

The Nuvosport has received a completely new face with restyled and much more aggressive looking headlamps, this restyled halogen headlamp looks identical to the ones that you find in the new generation Scorpio. The front grille also looks completely new while the front bumper too appears to be redesigned as well and gets this large air vents and skid plate type design. The front bumpers also gets round fog lamps integrated in them. This new changes has actually given the front face more aggressive and brawny appearance. What else also looks appealing towards the front profile is the new air intake on the hood. Lastly you cannot completely ignore the new LED daytime running lamps placed just on top of the headlamps unit which helps in giving the much needed sporty appeal to the compact SUV.

Walk towards the side profile and you won’t notice any huge changes apart from the restyled alloy wheels. The blacked out B and C pillar will also attract the owner’s eyes as well which actually makes things more appealing. Towards the rear nothing much has changed actually apart from the restyled taillamps positioned on the C-Pillar. People complained about the rear profile design of the Quanto and unfortunately nothing much has changed in terms of overall design.

The Nuvosport definitely received its unique identity and does not look like a baby Xylo anymore; the new soon to be launched compact SUV was designed and developed in-house by the Mahindra design team and according to Mahindra will appeal those who live an active outdoorsy lifestyle.

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Interiors

The interiors of the Mahindra Nuvosport are all new. Mahindra has upgraded the interiors of this compact SUV as  his looks a lot more stylish and trendy. The Nuvosport will be positioned a segment above the TUV300. It will have better interior quality, more features like 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with maps, reverse parking camera, bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. The Nuvosport will be launched in India and the company is also looking at exporting this compact SUV as well. The vehicle has decent storage space inside, for bottles and knick-knacks. It also features armrests for the drives and co-passenger.

This is a seven-seater SUV that will come with two parallel rows of seating and the third row will be jump seats. The Nuvosport will be targeting urban SUV buyers and it will be competing with the Ford Ecosport and the Maruti Vitara Brezza. This compact SUV has similar space like the TUV300, however it has more features and even better quality as well. The Nuvosport even gets plush leatherette upholstery, trendy aluminium scuff plates, cruise control and stylish aluminium plates. The boot space is 412 litres and the second row of seas have a recline and even a split of 60:40. Check for Mahindra Nuvosport  in Spectralreview

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Gearbox

After all the similarities to the TUV300, it’s no surprise to know that the engine and gearboxes are essentially the same too. This one, however, is called mHawk100 instead of mHawk80 and that points to its power output, which is 101.42hp (or 100bhp). The 1,493cc, three-cylinder mill has had its torque uprated to 240Nm, and both these numbers are, incidentally, identical to what you used to get in the Quanto. But, Mahindra says, the advancements to the motor since then – mostly for refinement and fuel economy – have earned it a place in the ‘mHawk’ engine family and to that end, it’s closer related to the TUV300’s mHawk80 motor.

Fire it up and it feels that way too. It’s got the same clatter and vibration at start-up, felt especially through the tall manual gear lever, but then it settles down to a surprisingly quiet idle. In every aspect, this engine is at its best at low revs, making you want to shift up early and keep the revs below 3,000, and you can put some of this down to the well-tuned dual-stage turbo and the dual-mass flywheel. Beyond 3,000rpm, you lose refinement and power starts to fade too, and once you’re past 3,800rpm, it’s all noise and no go. The NuvoSport steps off the line very eagerly, and the torque feels strong enough to be able to do this with a full load too. It pulls smoothly and cleanly in traffic and the only letdown here is the slightly rubbery manual gearshift.

Then there’s the optional five-speed AMT. This is the same Ricardo-sourced unit from the TUV300, and while we were very disappointed with its jerky and inconsistent behaviour in that car, it has been improved since. You can feel a bit more smoothness in everyday driving, provided you’re gentle with the accelerator, but it still stutters a bit too much when you ask a lot of it – like in kickdown acceleration and especially on a hill start. It still has a long way to go, and unless an automatic gearbox tops your priority list, we’d stick with the manual.

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Driving

When it comes to ride and handling, meanwhile, the NuvoSport’s ladder base turns out to be its Achilles heel. Because of this construction, the NuvoSport is naturally heavier than its competition. And this means when subjected to some serious cornering, it struggles to manage its weight. The turn in is slow (also thanks to a slow steering rack), the body roll is pronounced (all that height, weight and longer travel suspension does take its toll), and around tighter corners, it loses its battle to understeer, and quite frequently at th

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Safety

On the safety front, we’ve already told you that the car meets the safety norms that’ll be enforced in India in 2017, but what is also interesting is that the company will offer ABS, with EBD and Dual Airbags as an option from the base variant. NuvoSport is available in 6 variants – 3 main and 3 optional – N4, N4+, N6, N6 AMT, N8 and N8 AMT and 6 colour options – Molten Red, Rust Orange, Diamond White, Regal Blue, Mist Silver, and Fiery Black. The Orange and the Blue is what suit the car and I must admit that the Blue (which is the same as the one on the Scorpio) gets a big thumbs up.

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Price in Bangalore

Mahindra Nuvosport On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,75,574 to 13,19,866 for variants NuvoSport N4 and NuvoSport N8 AMT respectively. Mahindra Nuvosport is available in 6 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Nuvosport variants price in Bangalore. Check for Nuvosport price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Mahindra Nuvo Sport Summing Up

The Mahindra NuvoSport is a body on ladder frame SUV. And with it come a few compromises. It can’t match its monocoque competition when it comes to handling or braking; it isn’t as easy to live with inside the city either. But, if it’s space you want, topped up with some ruggedness and a torquey, no nonsense engine, the NuvoSport might just work for you.


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