Anand Mahindra’s new ride is a TUV300 Plus

Anand Mahindra has just gotten himself a new ride, and no it’s not the upcoming XUV700 or even for that matter the current flagship – the XUV500 Facelift. Instead, the bossman of Mahindra has opted for the 7 seat version of the  TUV300, which is called the TUV300 Plus. And it’s customized with special steel grey metallic paint. Earlier, Mr.  Mahindra also opted for a TUV300 that was heavily accessorized with Mahindra’s ‘Armor’ kit. The chairman of the  Indian automaker tweeted out a picture of his latest acquisition. Here it is.

The TUV300 Plus is offered in three variants – P4, P6 and P8. Needless to say, Mr. Mahindra has opted for the top-  spec trim, with twin airbags and ABS as standard features. These safety features are available from the mid, P6  variant. Prices of the TUV300 Plus start from Rs. 9.59 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi for the P4 variant, while the P6 and  P8 trims are priced at Rs. 9.95 lakhs, and Rs. 10.98 lakhs.

The TUV300 Plus was launched in a phased manner across India over the past few months. An extended body version of the TUV300, the Plus version gets a larger engine, a gearbox with an additional ratio, and an extra row of seats. It’s sold with 7 seat and 8 seat variants, and is meant for those looking for a rugged, all purpose MUV for both city and highway use. The engine of the TUV300 has been borrowed from the Scorpio. It’s the 2.2 liter mHawk unit in 120 Bhp-280 Nm state of tune. The gearbox is a 6 speed manual, and a rear wheel drive layout is standard.

Mahindra has no plans to offer a four wheel drive layout on the TUV300 Plus considering the fact that the MUV is  aimed at mainly the people mover market. If it does intend to offer such an option in future, it does have a four  wheel drive transfer case ready considering that the Scorpio with the 2.2 mHawk engine and 6 speed manual gearbox does get a 4X4 option on the top-spec S11 trim.