Mahindra is putting together a facelift for the TUV300 sub-4 meter compact SUV, and its longer sibling: the TUV300 Plus. Both SUVs will be launched in India by the end of this year, as 2020 models. They’ll get visual makeovers, and also Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) compliant diesel engines. Shoeb R Kalania of SRK Designs has put together a render that indicates what the facelifted TUV300 compact SUV could look like. The render reveals that the facelifted TUV300 will derive inspiration from the likes of the Mahindra XUV300 and XUV500 models, especially for the front-end grille design. The headlamps will also get a new design, with integrated LED daytime running lights. A new front bumper with a revised air dam is another key design change that the facelifted SUV is likely to get. Expect revised alloy wheel design as well.
At the rear, changes could be limited to new tail lamps and a revised bumper. The overall profile of the SUV (top-hat) will remain unchanged, and it’ll retain the butch, boxy looks. The TUV300 and the TUV300 Plus’ sheer height makes these SUVs stand tall in front of competition and tower over most traffic in India. This aspect of the SUVs will continue in the facelifted model. On the inside, there could be change in dashboard and trim colours but the overall design is likely to be carried over as both SUVs have been developed the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) norms, and any changes here would mean expensive re-homologation with the authorities. As for mechanicals, the 1.5 liter-3 cylinder and 2.2 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engines offered on the TUV300 and TUV300 Plus respectively, will be swapped for BS6 compliant 1.5 liter-3 cylinder and 2 liter-4 cylinder units.
The engines are expected to be more fuel efficient than the ones they replace as lower tail pipe emissions mean better fuel efficiency. The rear wheel drive layout will be retained on both SUVs along with plenty of ground clearance. These SUVs will continue to be offered with a body-on-ladder chassis, making them quite rugged for bad roads in India’s rural and semi-urban spaces. This is one of the key selling points of both these SUVs, which will also get ABS, airbags, speed alerts, seat belt reminders and reverse parking sensors as standard across all trims of the facelifted TUV300 and the TUV300 Plus. As for pricing, expect an upward revision of about Rs. 1 lakh due to the additional emission compliance equipment on board to meet BS6 norms. The TUV300 will continue to be the only body-on-ladder SUV in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment, whose other options include the Maruti Brezza, Hyundai Venue and Ford EcoSport.