Mahindra is one of the largest utility vehicle manufacturer in the country and they have a wide range of vehicle in their line up. They are currently busy with the BS6 transitions and are also working on couple of new models. One of the latest cars launched by Mahindra in the country was XUV300 and it is one of the bold lookig SUV in the sub-4 meter segment. It competes with Maruti Brezza, Hyunai Venue, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport in the segment.
It recently was awarded a 5 star safety rating at Global NCAP crash test and became the safest car in the country. In terms of sales Mahindra XUV300 has been doing well and as per the latest reports most of the buyers out their are opting for diesel variants over petrol. Why is that so?. There are couple of reasons and we’ll expalin it to you in this feature.
As per the report from Auto Punditz Mahindra had sold 40,197 units of XUV300 in 2019. Out of this 29,919 units were diesel variant and the rest was petrol. Almost 74 percent share of the total sales belonged to the diesel engine and the main reason behind that is ofcourse the Indian mentality where we are always looking for that extra fuel efficiency.
The first reason why people are opting for diesel engine is because of the fuel efficiency. It is a known fact that in comparison to the petrol engine diesels are way more economical. The price difference between petrol and the diesel and higher fuel efficiency figures make people go for the diesel engines. Next factor why people tend to buy diesel engines more is simply because they are fun to drive. Diesel engines are punchier and have lots of torque available at lower RPMs which is make it even more driveable in both highways and city. The avaialbility of AMT gearbox with the diesel engine is the other factor that helped in boosting up the sales for diesel variant. Petrol variant of XUV300 does not get the convenience of an AMT gearbox.
XUV300 is powered by a 1.2 litre turbo petrol and a 1.5 litre turbo diesel engine. The 1.5 litre diesel engine generates 115 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque while the petrol motor makes 115 Bhp-200 Nm. A higher 130 Bhp-230 Nm state of tune for the petrol XUV300 is coming soon. The more powerful variant will be called XUV300 Sportz. It’ll be launched after the Corona Virus lockdown.