The Research and Development wing of M&M, Mahindra Research Valley (MRV) announced it is presently working on developing 4 new platforms for its future range of vehicles. These platforms will also underpin the upgraded versions of the Bolero, Scorpio and Xylo in the future.
M&M are the leaders in the UV segment and these new platforms will enable them to maintain their leadership position.
M&M will use these new platforms for its Small and Light Commercial Vehicles, Utility Vehicles and SUV`s. Of all the 4 platforms, M&M divulged information only on the LCV platform. The LCV will be a completely new product to be ready by 2016 and will compete head-on with Tata products.
M&M is also said to be working on an Urban SUV (codename: S101) to extend its product portfolio by filling the gap between the Quanto and the Scorpio. This will target the Duster and the Ecosport.
The good old Scorpio is due for a facelift soon and is scheduled to be launched in 2014.
With every new product, comes a variety of challenges which the companies address in the upcoming versions of its vehicles and it becomes a learning experience for its designers as well engineers. This makes every new product better than its predecessor and inferior to the one which follows it.
The MRV was built at a cost of 650 crore and is much bigger than the company`s plant in Nashik, Maharastra. There are in all a total of 34 laboratories with 3000 employees. Since it opened 5 years ago it has filed 250 patents in India and 50 abroad.
A test track and a technical academy will soon be added to the facility. A wind tunnel and Crash testing facilities are missing but M&M has no plans to implement them anytime soon. Mahindra will use the crash testing facilities which SsangYong has to bring down overall costs.
The first project this facility had was to develop a high end SUV and it definitely hit the bull`s eye with the XUV5OO. Other models which it worked on are the Verito and the Quanto.
All Mahindra products below 3.5 tonne are developed here while the ones above 3.5 tonne are worked on at the company`s factory and R&D center in Pune.
This seems really good news at the time when automakers are struggling with low sales figures and high input costs but the future does look bright for Mahindra and Mahindra.