Exclusive: Mahindra KUV100 Facelift rendered; India launch weeks away

Mahindra is all set to facelift the KUV100, a unique vehicle that occupies the footprint of a hatchback but offers the presence of a mini-SUV. The facelifted KUV100 will be launched in the next few weeks, and ahead of the official launch, CarToq’s render expert has managed to put together a picture of the upcoming vehicle.

2017 Mahindra KUV100 Facelift in Orange

As the render indicates, the facelift will be a mild one. The front bumper will get a reprofiling while the grille will see minor changes. The fog lamps get larger, too. The wing mirrors now get integrated turn indicators while the profile of the car remains more or less unchanged but for the sheetmetal changes on the rear door.

The busy design of the metal panels making for the rear doors of the KUV100 has come under criticism, and the reprofiling aims to fix that. The tail lamps will also get a makeover, and the hatch lid will now get a spoiler. On the inside, the KUV100 could get a refreshed center console to accommodate a touch screen infotainment unit.

2017 Mahindra KUV100 Facelift in Red

Engines will remain unchanged though. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder petrol motor that puts out 82 Bhp-112 Nm will be retained. On the diesel front, the 1.2 liter-3 cylinder engine with 77 Bhp-190 Nm will also be retained. Both engines use 5 speed manual gearboxes driving the front wheels.

The vehicle’s unique, 6 seat layout will also be carried over with the facelift. This facelift is aimed at lifting sales of the KUV100, which after a promising start, have begun sliding. The ‘micro’ SUV is price-positioned in the B-segment hatchback space, where it takes on the likes of the Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10.

Currently, prices of the petrol powered KUV100 start from 4.58 lakh rupees, while the diesel powered variants start from 5.61 lakh rupees. These prices are similar to that of the Hyundai Grand i10, and slightly cheaper than those of the Maruti Swift. We expect the facelifted KUV100 to carry on with the current prices.