Mahindra XUV300 will soon launch in the Indian market. The all-new SUV from the brand will be fourth in the segment after the likes of Mahindra TUV300, Mahindra Quanto and Mahindra NuvoSport. It will be launched in the market soon and here are ten things that you should know about the upcoming Mahindra XUV300. The dealers have started taking bookings for the SUV and the price announcement will happen on 14th February 2019.
XUV 300 variants revealed
Just like the Mahindra XUV500, the XUV300 gets variant trims as W. There would be four variants in total W4, W6, W8 and W8(O). The W8(O) would be the top-of-the-line variant and will get the most number of features. It will get loaded with the features like a sunroof but most of the features would be available in the W8 trim too.
XUV300 W2 comes loaded with features
Mahindra vehicles have always been loaded with features. The XUV300 will not be any different. Even the base variant of the Mahindra XUV300 will get a long list of standard features and equipment. The base variant will get LED tail-lamps, two airbags in the front, four disc brakes, ABS+EBD, rear parking sensors and infotainment system.
Gets segment-first features
The Mahindra XUV300 will get a long list of segment-first features. Some of these features are not even present in the vehicles from the segment above the Mahindra XUV300. The first-in-segment features include a dual-zone climate control system, disc brakes on all four wheels, 7-airbags, steering modes and the longest wheelbase in the segment. These features have been officially revealed by Mahindra.
3 mode steering
For the first time in the Indian market, an affordable vehicle will get steering modes. The Mahindra XUV300 will get three steering modes – Comfort, Normal and Sports. The steering mode will be available with the top-end W8(O) version. Selecting steering modes will change the steering feedback and the firmness of the steering. It will allow the customers to select the best steering setting for city and highway usage. In the city, comfort or normal mode will allow easy navigation of the XUV300 while on the highways, the sports mode will add confidence during high speed overtake and lane changes.
Safest SUV feature-wise
Even though the Tata Nexon became the certified 5-star G-NCAP holder in India sometime back, the Mahindra XUV300 gets a long list of features when it comes to safety. The Mahindra XUV300 gets 7-airbags, which is first in the segment. It gets dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain bags and driver-side knee airbag. Other features include seatbelt reminder, ABS+EBD, 4-disc brakes, ESP, hill hold assist and ISOFIX child seat restraints. We are hopeful that the Mahindra XUV300 will get tested by G-NCAP and will receive high ratings.
With the leading wheelbase of 2,600mm, the Mahindra XUV300 gets a spacious cabin. It gets ample rear legroom and knee room. However, the boot space is not segment-leading. The Mahindra XUV300 offers 257-litres of boot space, which is way less than the Ford EcoSport’s 352-litres of space.
Mahindra announced that the XUV300 will get segment-leading torque figures in the engines. Even though the exact engine details are not known, the Mahindra XUV300 will be powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol variants would get the 1.2-litre turbocharged unit that generates around 200 Nm of peak torque. The diesel variants will get the 1.5-litre diesel engine unit that also powers the Marazzo. It generates a maximum of 300 Nm.
At the time of the launch, Mahindra will not offer an automatic with the XUV300. It will only get manual transmission options with both petrol and the diesel engine options. However, at a later stage, the automatic transmission would be offered and it is likely to be an AMT option.
Not the most fuel efficient
The leaked ARAI documents for the Mahindra XUV300 reveals that the petrol variants of the XUV300 will return a maximum of 17 km/l while the diesel variants would return a maximum of 20 km/l. The Nexon’s petrol variants return a maximum of 17 km/l while the Ford EcoSport 1.5-litre petrol returns the same fuel efficiency. Comparing the diesel mileage, the Nexon returns a maximum of 21.5 km/l, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza returns 24.3 km/l and the EcoSport returns a maximum of 23 km/l.
Will be priced at a premium
The Mahindra XUV300 is expected to get a premium price tag in the Indian market. With loaded features, the base petrol variant is expected to be priced at around Rs. 8 lakhs while the top-end diesel version will get a price tag of around Rs. 12 lakh. It will put the higher variants in direct competition with the lower variants of the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and the Renault Captur.