We witnessed something different from Mahindra at the Auto Expo 2020. It was not an off-roader nor an MPV. Mahindra surprised us with a roadster! The Funster is a low slung electric concept roadster which wears an SUV body.
The e-SUV has been designed in a futuristic and aggressive manner that is the design pattern being followed in many Mahindra offerings. But this concept is an electric car has stripes of LED instead of an aggressive grille! It looks equally aggressive and gives it a menacing feel.
Mahindra has gone for an open-top experience but it has a hardtop tucked away behind. We prefer the open-look and it looks like those pop stars from the late 80s with the sleek tinted eyewear. The Funster concept has a solid curved wind deflector instead of a windshield and it is surely for aesthetic purpose. There isn’t much which the deflector can do but looks cool though.
The front fascia is unmistakably Mahindra as it flaunts an aggressive looking set of LED headlights with LED DRLs similar to the ones found in the product variants of XUV300. The lower end of the front bumper is blacked out and mimics the aesthetics of a splitter with “FUNSTER” written at the centre. The central grille as we said earlier is not present, instead, you get strips of LED which looks intriguing with the Mahindra logo lighting up at the centre. Below the headlights, is a blacked-out cutout that houses three vertical strips of LED and will most probably be the fog lamp cutouts in its production iteration.
That being said, this concept shows us what to expect from the next-generation Mahindra XUV500 and most likely an electric variant of the same. The new aggressive design language complements the performance characteristics of the Funster SUV.
This concept SUV is powered via a 59.2 kWh battery pack that is coupled to four individual motors, each for a wheel. The total power is rated at 312 bhp and this performance SUV can cross the 100 kmph mark in under 5 seconds. Mahindra has quoted that the funster will have a top speed of 200 kmph and a claimed range of 520 km. These figures are impressive but we will have to wait and see how much of these figures will make it to production.
As of now, Mahindra has just showcased this concept as a technology showcase as well as design bundle. We can expect to see design cues from the roadster very soon and even in the next generation XUV500. Mahindra has focused more on electric power plants at this Auto Expo and has showcased various concepts and production-ready cars like the eKUV100, eXUV300 and the quirky looking Atom electric quadricycle.