The Mahindra TUV300 compact SUV is lined up for a launch on the 10th of September, 2015. A new rash of spyshots, showing the vehicle completely uncamouflaged has arrived onto the interweb. The spyshots were captured in Bikaner, indicating that the compact SUV could be on a photo shoot, which invariably takes place ahead of the official launch. The TUV300, as seen through the spyshots, retains a butch stance with boxy lines all around.
Despite its sub-4 meter length, the SUV retains an imposing heft. Tall and brawny, the TUV300 could be the bruiser, or even the bad boy among the compact SUV pack. Mahindra has already been harping on the big street presence of the vehicle, attributing the design philosophy behind the TUV300 to a battle tank no less. The vehicle will pack in a new engine, dubbed the mHawk 80. Twin airbags and ABS+EBD will be offered on the top end variant.
80 here, is likely to stand for 80 KW, or about 107 Bhp, the power output of this new turbo diesel engine. Word on the street suggests that this motor could be a reworked version of the Quanto’s 1.5 liter, twin turbo diesel engine. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard fare, while an AMT option is likely to be served up in due course of time. The vehicle will be rear wheel driven, with a 4 wheel drive option eschewed at the moment.
Ostensibly, Mahindra wants to keep the four wheel drive layout away from the TUV300, at least initially, as such a variant could eat into the sales of the Mahindra Thar. However, the platform on which the TUV300 is based is four wheel drive ready. The body on ladder SUV will seat seven, in a 2+3+2 layout, and the last two seats will be fold-able, front facing units situated at the rear. This area will also double up as the boot.
[Images courtesy Team-BHP]