India's Mahindra&Mahindra may be trying to come out of its shell lately, acquiring South Korea's SsangYong and developing production intent concepts of the more impressive nature like the recent Halo Coupe EV, but to most people outside its home market, it remains either unknown, or the manufacturer of odd-looking / outdated SUVs like the Scorpio.
However, it if were to continue showing studies like the Komodo Concept that's pictured here, it may actually start grabbing our attention far more often.
The Komodo is the work of aspiring Indian designer and IED Torino graduate, Makrand Patil, who emailed us these photos of the study, which he completed in collaboration with Mahindra while at IED.
Here's what Patil told us about the concept:
"What I present is an SUV built for the Indian Market. The user could be anyone from a young to a mid-age individual who is in his own business or could just be a son, a family guy to a sport enthusiast."
"The built of the car is big, strong, rugged and luxurious at the same time. Perfect for the Indian terrain. The vehicle can be used anywhere form silky smooth highways to steep gradients, big drops and deep water. Focusing more on its off-roading abilities, a true 4x4 vehicle that a whole family can enjoy."
"This SUV has been designed considering most of the brand attributes of Mahindra. The brand sets a benchmark of Capability, Authenticity in design and function. It specializes in Durability and Reliability for the Indian market having a justified evolution."
"My dream was to combine the authentic Mahindra DNA with its more evolved ones and make the Ultimate Mahindra. The Mahindra KOMODO."
By John Halas