Mahindra has just launched the country’s first ladder frame equipped, sub-4 meter compact SUV, the TUV300. “Introductory” prices start from 6.9 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Pune. The new Mahindra SUV is a direct competitor of the Ford Ecosport, and outdoes the latter in terms of the torque it puts out. The TUV300 uses a 1.5 liter, triple cylinder, twin stage turbocharger equipped diesel engine that the automaker has christened the mHawk 80.
Detailed ex-showroom Pune “introductory” prices of the TUV300,
T4 – 6.9 lakh rupees, T4+ (ABS+Airbags) – 7.25 lakh rupees, T6 (ABS Standard) – 7.55 lakh rupees, T6+ (ABS+Airbags) – 7.80 lakh rupees, T6+ AMT – 8.52 lakh rupees, T8 – 8.48 lakh rupees and T8+ AMT – 9.12 lakh rupees.
Peak power is rated at 84 Bhp for the manual variants, and 81 Bhp for the AMT variants. Peak torque is rated at 230 Nm, making the TUV300 edge ahead of the Ecosport, the only other sub-4 meter compact SUV offering in India.
With the TUV300, Mahindra plans to take not only on the Ecosport, but other SUVs such as the Renault Duster and the Nissan Terrano. The TUV300 gets an ARAI certified mileage figure of 18.49 Kmpl. A start-stop system comes standard.
Mahindra says that seven seat MPVs such as the Honda Mobilio and the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga are also rivals of the TUV300. The compact SUV features a 7 seat layout, with a 2+3+2 layout. The last two seats are side facing ones situated in what otherwise doubles up as the boot of the vehicle. The TUV300 features two transmission options – a 5 speed manual and a 5 speed automated manual – both driving the rear wheels.
The TUV300 will be sold in 7 variants, spread across 3 trims, T4. T6 and T8. The T4 variant is the base variant, and can be specified with ABS and twin airbags. The safety package equipped T4 variant is named the T4 Plus. Similarly, the T6 mid variant features a more loaded T6 Plus model, and a T6 Plus model with an automated manual transmission. The T8 variant is the fully loaded option with the T8 Plus variant adding an AMT option.
In terms of dimensions, the TUV300 sits under 4 meters in length, and features a 2,680 mm wheelbase. Ground clearance is rated at 184 mm, while boot capacity stands at 384 liters. With the jump seats folded, boot capacity rises to 720 liters. In a year from now, the TUV300 could be offered with a four wheel drive layout. A longer, three row 7 seat version of the TUV300 is also in the works, and this vehicle will measure over 4 meters in length.
The new compact SUV uses the Mahindra’s Scorpio’s shortened ladder frame chassis. Notably, here are the important features on the TUV300,
- Steering mounted audio controls
- Bluetooth stereo and phone connect
- Electric wing mirrors
- Driver information system
- Keyless entry
- Mahindra BlueSense App
- Alloy wheels
- Static bending lights
- Reverse parking sensors