Mahindra has taken the automotive scene by storm once again with the name reveal event of its upcoming sub-4 meter SUV. Called the XUV300 (so far known as the S201), it is based on the SsangYong Tivoli and unlike the Alturas G4, it sports a hosts of optimizations and changes. The car will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon among others upon its launch. Here are 10 things that you should know about the upcoming XUV300.
The Mahindra XUV300 is feature-rich
The XUV300 will not be Mahindra’s first compact SUV but will definitely be their most advanced and feature laden one. It will come equipped with a sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, LED projectors headlamps among others. Not only this, but the Mahindra XUV300 also get segment first dual zone climate control feature. Other features include smart keyless entry, driver information display and push button start.
Automatic to launch soon
Mahindra will launch the XUV300 with a 6-speed manual transmission at the time of its launch. We were the first to break in the news that the company has planned a automatic transmission for the car too. However, it will come at a later stage. The transmission will be an AMT box and will most probably will be a 5-speed box.
Gets steering modes
Another news that we were the first to report, the XUV300 will come with a unique ‘smart steer’ technology. In fact, the XUV300 will be the first mass segment car to get ‘smart steer’ tech. Just like the Tata Nexon features Sport, City and Eco driving modes which alter the performance of the engine, the smart steer feature on the XUV will alter the steering feel and response. Upon selecting a particular mode, the steering feedback would turn sharper / duller or will weigh up more or less.
Gets biggest cabin space
The Mahindra XUV300 will have the largest in cabin space as compared to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza among others. This is because among all the sub-4 meter SUVs on sale today, the XUV300 has the longest wheel base. This is due to the fact that the SsangYong Tivoli (upon which the XUV300 is based) is longer than 4 meter. In order to make the XUV300 fit the 4-meter length criteria, Mahindra trimmed the overhangs on both the front and rear but the wheelbase remained the same.
Best safety features in the segment
Mahindra is taking safety in cars pretty seriously and recently, its Marazzo MPV scored an impressive 4 star in the Global NCAP crash test. The XUV300 is also full of safety features and will come with 7 airbags along with 4 disc brakes, both of which will be segment first features. The SsangYong Tivoli scored 4 stars at the EURO NCAP which further hints towards the XUV300’s safety prowess.
EV variant to come soon
The Indian Government is pushing towards hybrids and electric vehicles and has planned various schemes to help the cause. Auto manufacturers too are taking note of this and most of them are preparing EV to be launched from next year. On the same note, Mahindra too is preparing an all electric version of the XUV300 sub-4 meter SUV. It will however be launched in first quarter of 2020.
Launch in February
Now as most of the details of the XUV300 are out, the company plans to launch the sub-4 meter SUV by the second half of February, 2019. More details like the engine specifications, pricing, exact dimensions, and fuel efficiency among other will be revealed at that time. We feel that the only thing that now stands in the way of success for XUV300 will be its pricing. If the company manages to start the range from around Rs. 6 lakhs, it would give some tough nights to its Maruti counterpart.
Gets a new petrol engine and Marazzo’s diesel unit
The Mahindra XUV300 will most probably be powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine to power the SUV. The diesel unit, on the other hand, could be carried from the Marazzo MPV which produces 121 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque. The diesel being from Marazzo is quite possible as the company has hinted that the XUV300 will be the most torquey vehicle of its class. With Marazzo’s 300 Nm producing engine, that seems to be quite true.
Will get a seven-seater variant soon
Now as Mahindra has made all its preparation for the launch of the XUV300, its next project will be the 7 seater version of it. A longer wheelbase model has been spotted testing a couple of time and we expect Mahindra will launch the vehicle to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Nissan Kicks. It will be launched at a very competitive price point and offer both modern petrol and diesel engines.
Gets many changes compared to the Tivoli
About a month back, Mahindra launched the Alturas G4 SUV which is based on the SsangYong Rexton G4. However, the Alturas is just a rebadged version of its SsangYong counterpart and is almost the same model. Contrary to this, the XUV300 has been worked upon extensively and while it may not be an all new model as the platform is similar, it is much different from the Tivoli. It has a different design, difference in dimensions as well as different engines.