Mahindra’s next launch is the TUV300 Plus MUV. This vehicle is expected to replace the Xylo. The TUV300 Plus is said to be ready for launch and an uncamouflaged vehicle was spotted yet again on the road. The vehicle carried Nashik temporary registration plates, which means that it could be an official test vehicle.
The new set of spyshots give us a good look as to how the new Multi Utility Vehicle (MUV) will look on the road. From the front and rear, it looks near identical to the shorter TUV300. However, the sides show the extension in length, and this also shows how bulbous the design is. This is a design a lot of private car buyers may not prefer.
Like the Xylo, the TUV300 Plus seems underwhelming in the design department, with function dominating form. The MUV will be rear wheel driven and is based on a ladder frame. Though it shares many parts with the TUV300, the engine and gearbox will be different.
The TUV300 Plus will be powered by a 2 liter turbocharged diesel engine with outputs of 120 Bhp and 280 Nm. It will have a 6 speed manual gearbox, with the overdrive 6th gear meant for good mileage while cruising the highways. An automatic gearbox is not likely on this vehicle.
The TUV300 Plus will come with multiple seating configurations, allowing 7, 8 and 9 seat layouts. This will give the MUV versatility, and is expected to make it popular among cab operators. In terms of pricing, it is expected to be at least Rs. 1 lakh more expensive than the TUV300, which starts at Rs. 7.71 lakhs. Expect the TUV300 Plus to command a starting price tag close to the Rs. 9 lakh figure. Such pricing for the new MUV will be almost similar to the Xylo’s present starting price tag of Rs. 8.92 lakhs.