Mahindra launched the facelifted variant of the TUV300 this month. The car came with several minor design alterations on the exteriors and the interiors to give it a fresh look. The sub-4 meter SUV continued with the same set of engines and gearbox options on the facelifted variant but now, Mahindra has discontinued the AMT gearbox option from the vehicle. The AMT gearbox on the TUV300 was previously offered on the T8 and T10 variants. The official website of Mahindra now only lists the 5-speed manual gearbox as standard across all 5 trims.
This also hints towards the streamlining the product lineup by Mahindra, as the company will launch an automatic transmission option on the XUV300 soon. Since the TUV300 is targeted at semi-urban markets instead of urban markets, disposing off the AMT will not affect the model much. Moreover, the XUV300 will get an auto box soon so the company will have a sub-4 meter SUV with an auto tranny in its lineup. As of now, the XUV300 comes with both petrol and diesel engine options but only with a manual gearbox on both of them.
For those who are looking for a diesel powered sub-4 meter SUV with an automatic transmission, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Nexon are the only options available right now. The Ford Ecosport and the newly launched Hyundai Venue also offer an automatic transmission but only with the petrol engine.
Talking about the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the base diesel automatic variant costs Rs. 8.69 lakh and the prices go all the way up to Rs. 10.65 lakhs (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top of line diesel automatic variant. The diesel engine here is the 1.3-litre DDiS unit which churns out 89 Bhp of power along with 200 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5 speed AMT unit. The Tata Nexon’s base diesel automatic variant, on the other hand, costs Rs. 8.84 lakhs while the top of the line diesel automatic variant costs Rs. 10.90 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). The engine used here is a 1.5-litre Revotorq unit that churns out a good 108 Bhp of power along with 260 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed AMT unit on the automatic variants.
Talking about the new TUV300 facelift, it is powered the same mHawk100 engine. It generates a maximum power of 100 Bhp along with a peak torque of 240 Nm. The car now comes with only a 5-speed manual transmission. The TUV300 offers dual airbags, ABS+EBD as safety features and comes with 7 colour options to choose from. Expect the prices of the TUV300 to bump by a significant amount once the BSVI regulations kick in from April next year.