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Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra’s sprawl­ing Expo stand had ev­ery­thing from electrics to CVs to the Mahin­dra-badged SsangYong

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AVETERAN OF MANY EXPOS, Mahin­dra and Mahin­dra sure know how to stand out in a crowd. And this year they did it with the UDO, a stylish two-seater elec­tric pod con­cept. But the pod was only one of many ex­hibits. Along­side the UDO, there was also the three-wheeled ATOM, Treo, e2o NXT and more.

Stay­ing true to its ‘Fu­ture of Mo­bil­ity’ theme, In­dia’s largest SUV maker show­cased a whole range of elec­tric trans­port so­lu­tions. First among equals was of course the three-wheeled UDO, which does not re­quire one to bal­ance it like a con­ven­tional mo­tor­cy­cle. It is Mahin­dra's at­tempt at solv­ing the prob­lem of ur­ban mo­bil­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, this tan­dem 2-seater con­cept will help in de­creas­ing traf­fic as well as pol­lu­tion lev­els in the cities.

To en­sure that it lives up to the life­style re­quire­ments of its ur­ban con­sumers, the UDO gets an ex­ten­sive crea­ture com­fort list in­clud­ing a cli­mate con­trol sys­tem, touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. There is also a pedal on the in­side which can be used to recharge the on-board bat­ter­ies.

The ATOM on the other hand is a last­mile con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tion. 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.

Also on dis­play was the three-wheeled Treo, the e2o NXT, which is a re­freshed ver­sion of the e2oPlus elec­tric hatch­back; the eKUV100, In­dia’s first elec­tric mini SUV; and the e-Cosmo, the com­pany’s new elec­tric bus.

Mahin­dra also dis­played the SsangYong G4 Rex­ton with Mahin­dra badg­ing which will be launched with an all-new name in In­dia. The G4 is SsangYong’s flag­ship SUV and has been do­ing well for the brand in in­ter­na­tional markets. It is pow­ered by a 2.2-litre en­gine which pumps out 178bhp and 420Nm of max­i­mum torque, which is paired with a seven-speed Mercedes-Benz au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The flag­ship SUV is likely to be of­fered with both two-wheel and four-wheel drive op­tions. On the fea­tures front the G4 Rex­ton gets HID lamps, cli­mate con­trol, ven­ti­lated seats, eight-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and leather seats. For safety, it will have up to 9 air bags and of course ABS. Once launched, the G4 Rex­ton would ri­val the Toy­ota Fortuner, Ford En­deav­our and Isuzu MU-X.

Un­veiled along­side the G4 was the TUV Stinger, a con­vert­ible SUV con­cept. In a hot, dusty, con­vert­ible-un­friendly mar­ket like ours, this quirky de­sign gar­nered a lot of at­ten­tion. The con­cept tries to blend the prac­ti­cal­ity of an SUV with the styling of a con­vert­ible. The Stinger is a heav­ily stylised ver­sion of the TUV300 us­ing its lad­der frame chas­sis and chopped body shell. Mahin­dra, how­ever, has given it a lot more oomph. It’s pow­ered by a 2.2-litre mHawk turbo diesel en­gine that makes 140bhp and 320Nm of torque.

The com­pany’s cus­tomi­sa­tion wing dis­played their in-house mod­i­fied cars, a Thar and a KUV100. Called the Thar Wan­der­lust, it sports 35-inch tyres, a wider bon­net and an ex­pan­sive stance. There is no B-pil­lar but in­stead a space-frame struc­ture with gull­wing doors to im­prove ingress to the rear seats. The spare wheel is back-mounted and comes with a pair of jerry cans for ex­tra fuel. Mean­while, the KUV100 Ad­ven­ture edi­tion stands out with its wide body kit and Maxxis Vic­tra MA-Z1 drift tyres.

Stay­ing true to its ‘Fu­ture of Mo­bil­ity’ theme, In­dia’s largest SUV maker show­cased a whole range of elec­tric trans­port so­lu­tions

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