Mahindra is looking to widen their model range in the Indian market. While they do have a few vehicles in the similar segments, they are now looking to expand their portfolio with another vehicle, the TUV300 LWB. Our reader, Praveen sent us these images of the car testing in the outskirts of Chennai.
What is it?
As the name suggests, this is essentially a longer wheelbase version of the TUV which means that you will get a proper, front facing third row of seating. Currently, the TUV gets jump seats in the boot of the vehicle which are sideways facing. This change will give it a proper front facing third row. Since this will be longer than 4-mteres, expect it to be priced above the current TUV.
Since this is bigger than the TUV, it will not benefit from the excise duty cut (not sub 4-meter). Mahindra could hence give it the 2.2 liter mHawk engine which currently powers both the XUV and the Scorpio. We however expect this to come with the smaller 120 Bhp state of tune from the Scorpio rather than the 140 Bhp tune from the XUV. On the transmission front, we expect a manual to be on offer. Since the AMT cannot be paired with the 2.2 liter engine, we will have to wait and see if they offer the autobox which is on offer in the current Scorpio.
This is a tricky one. Mahindra is already working on a MPV to replace the ageing Xylo, which has been spotted a few times before. So this one will most likely sit in the small gap between the TUV300 and the Scorpio, which will make it interesting to see how it does. This could take on the Honda BR-V, being the only other vehicle of such sorts that has 3 rows of seating.
There is no clarity when the launch is going to take place. However it is expected to take place sometime later this year.