Mahindra TUV300 is quickly becoming popular among the state police forces in India; After the state police forces of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and more have added the TUV300 as their official police car, Kolkata Police has now inducted the same in their fleet. An official induction ceremony was held in the city and the fleet was flagged off by a senior police officer, Anuj Sharma, IPS.
Kolkata Police inducted as many as 58 new PCR vans. All the PCR vans are marked and get the Kolkata Police decals and flashers on the rooftop. All the inducted vehicles also get a Public Announcement system installed inside the vehicle. Other changes to the interior have been done to add the various equipment used by the cops. No other changes have been done to the vehicle and even the mechanicals like the engine remains in the stock form.
Mahindra and Mahindra SUVs are a common vehicle when it comes to the Armed forces and Police forces of India. It is a common sight to see Mahindra vehicles as an official police or army cars India and there are quite a few models that are used by the officials. Even vehicles like the Bolero and the Thar are widely used by the police forces in India.
The vehicles used by the Kolkata Police are the regular 5-seater TUV300 models and not the long-wheelbase version 7-seater version that was recently launched in the Indian market. The Mahindra TUV300 is powered by a 1.5-litre twin-stage turbocharged engine. It produces a maximum power of 100 Bhp at 3,750 rpm and peak torque of 240 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm. It gets a 5-speed manual transmission as standard while the customers can also choose the AMT automatic transmission.
It is not known which variant of the Mahindra TUV300 is used by the Kolkata Police but it seems like the T4+ variant. The variant gets features like Eco Mode, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX seat mounts for the second row, rear parking sensors and more.
Earlier, Mumbai Police took the delivery of 195 units of Mahindra TUV300 while the Andhra Pradesh police acquired as many as 242 units of the Mahindra TUV300. The TUV300 in the Police fleet is expected to be seen on the public roads soon as the Kolkata police have already started using the vehicles on their daily jobs.
Earlier, several Kolkata Police personnel showed their disappointment after the administration started replacing the old Royal Enfield motorcycles in favour of newer-generation bikes. Due to the high maintenance of the old motorcycles, Kolkata Police acquired new motorcycles and replacing the ageing bikes.