Some may remember the concept SUT 1 that showed up at last year's Geneva International Motor Show, but now there are rumors that the production version, called the Korando Sports, could be the vehicle Mahindra wants to use to break into the U.S. vehicle market.
As you recall, we've done a number of stories recording the troubled relationship between Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra and importer Global Vehicles USA. In fact, just yesterday we posted a story documenting the final insult. Mahindra has started a relationship with Korean automaker SsangYong and is likely to work that angle in order to import a vehicle to the U.S. market. And the Korando Sports — which is being called a leisure utility vehicle, or LUV — could be it.
Early reports have the four-banger rated at 36 mpg. The media photos show an automatic transmission, but it is a safe bet that entry-level models will be offered with a manual gearbox. Rear- and all-wheel-drive versions will be available in South Korea.
Some reports say Mahindra is targeting the 2016 model year to introduce the Korando Sports to the U.S. market, but many safety and EPA regulations must be met first. In the meantime, it is believed the Korando Sports will make it to European markets by next year. No word yet on pricing.