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Old 2nd September 2008, 21:41   #76
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Just went through this months edition of Autocar it has an article on an Offroad session where there is a comparison between The Audi Q7 , Endeavour, Gypsy ,getaway And off course last but not the least the Major Souvenier.

Its mentioned in that article that the major Souvenier is a SWB Jeep.
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In that article they have mentioned the price as 5.4L for the Souvenir. They conveniently omitted the fact that 1.95L more is required for the souvenir conversion.
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I am not sure this is the correct place to ask this but...are there any rumors worth repeating about what M&M or any other manufacturer has coming for 2009? After reading so many posts here in this thread I find myself in the "same shoes" as so many others, looking for a good mannered, good quality 4x4 for under 8 lakhs or so.
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In that article they have mentioned the price as 5.4L for the Souvenir. They conveniently omitted the fact that 1.95L more is required for the souvenir conversion.
Are you saying a new bolero 4X4 costs only 5.4?
the conversion, we could do ourselves right? its only cosmetic stuff anyway.
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Are you saying a new bolero 4X4 costs only 5.4?
Bolero? why is Bolero is even being mentioned here... The 5.5L ex-showroom is for the new Major according to them.

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Bolero? why is Bolero is even being mentioned here... The 5.5L ex-showroom is for the new Major according to them.

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ok! got confused between the souvenir,inspira, striker
but, 5.5 ex showroom for a dependable , basic 4X4 is not bad.
I still have this mental block against going 2nd hand.
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Behrams been dropping plenty of hints. I would bet that Mahindra is coming out with a basic 4x4 in the near future.
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Behrams been dropping plenty of hints. I would bet that Mahindra is coming out with a basic 4x4 in the near future.
As I said earlier, the Mahindra is surely upto something. As I saw the slightly modified body of a Mahindra Major which gives it a CJ-3 kinda look, while keeping the Wheel-Base same as current Major. (I am just trying to illustrate the changes)
Pic 1: Current Major
Pic 2: Possible replacement or another Varient (Here the door length is increased)

So, now the title of this thread finally has its meaning
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Impossible to offer a basic 4x4 for 3.5 - 4 lakhs, those days are long gone. My Classic - exshowroom - in 1997 was tagged at Rs. 345,904 (without insurance etc.). On the road was about 371,xxx. Consider inflation over 10 years and the fact that these are extremely low volume vehicles, a similar Jeep wont sell for less than 5.5 lakhs if made today, which is in the region of what a Major retails at. But then, the Major enjoys economies of scale, while a competent 4x4 is part of a niche segment.
IIRC, Santro, WagonRs etc used to cost around 3.75 - 4 on road back then. Even now they cost around the same if not a little higher. Considering this Mahindra should be able to keep prices low since they have all the dies etc. But since its a niche vehicle, they may not.
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Yup, a niche 4x4 will never enjoy the volumes and resultant economies of sale to keep the price competitive. Just look at the Gypsy's retail for a 20 year old design.
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Yup, a niche 4x4 will never enjoy the volumes and resultant economies of sale to keep the price competitive. Just look at the Gypsy's retail for a 20 year old design.
I think if Maruti had committed to putting a good Turbo Diesel in the Gypsy it would have sold in much larger numbers, given the over all refinement compared to jeep alternatives.
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Hey guys,
Today I saw new tubs (Bodies) of Mahindra Major That had a SWB.
Yeah & I am a really bad explainer.. .
Slow down, man. Can you tell us where and how you got these pictures and what you think they are pictures of exactly?
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Slow down, man. Can you tell us where and how you got these pictures and what you think they are pictures of exactly?
Actually I saw those bodies at Mahindra's Kandivali (Mumbai) plant, where they manufactures the Major.
The 1st pic is of current Major & the other pic is just the same, but I kind of changed it with MS-Paint to give some idea about the new Major.
(As I couldn't shot the pics of it at the plant itself)

Sorry about dumb explanation though. Was just a bit excited after seeing it.
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Actually I saw those bodies at Mahindra's Kandivali (Mumbai) plant, where they manufactures the Major.
The 1st pic is of current Major & the other pic is just the same, but I kind of changed it with MS-Paint to give some idea about the new Major.
(As I couldn't shot the pics of it at the plant itself)

Sorry about dumb explanation though. Was just a bit excited after seeing it.
I finally noticed your editing and then understood. Thanks for the news. I was about to make a purchase. Now I think I will wait some more.
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offroad_maniac:

Don't mean top sound rude man, but you looked at the picture of the Souvenir and thought it was based on SWB Classic, so forgive me for being skeptical about a SWB jeep from Mahindra.
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