Mahindra has introduced the mHawk 100 turbocharged diesel engine across all variants of the TUV300. Previously, only the higher-variants of this SUV used to have the more powerful, 1.5 liter-3 cylinder twin-scroll turbocharger equipped engine with outputs of 100 Bhp-240 Nm. Lower variants of the SUV used to feature the same engine, but with lower outputs of 84 Bhp-230 Nm.
The power and torque boost is expected to make the TUV300 more desirable among competition that includes the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. Apart from the higher-spec engine now becoming standard across the TUV300 range for 2018, the compact SUV doesn’t get any other change. Transmission options remain the 5 speed manual and AMT options while the vehicle continues to be rear wheel driven.
The TUV300 measures less than 4 meters in length and is based on a rugged, body-on-ladder chassis. The SUV comes with 7 seats, and is a segment-leader in terms of the number of people it can carry. ABS and twin airbags are offered as standard across variants. The T4 Plus variant of the TUV300, which is priced at Rs. 8.12 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, serves as the base model. Mahindra has also rejigged variants of the TUV300, dropping the T4 variant. The SUV will now be available in T4+ T6+, T8, T8 AMT, T10 and T10 AMT variants.
Mahindra will soon introduce a much longer version of the TUV300, called the TUV300 Plus. However, the longer model will be sold as an MUV rather than a compact SUV. It will be available with 7, 8 and 9 seat layouts, and will also get a more powerful 2.2 liter mHawk turbocharged diesel engine with 120 Bhp and 280 Nm on tap. The gearbox will be a 6 speed manual unit while the rear wheel drive layout will be retained. The TUV300 Plus has been test-launched in specific markets of India, and the national launch is expected to happen in the coming weeks.