Mahindra has officially opened bookings for its next big launch – the XUV300 sub-4 meter compact SUV. Bookings are open both online and offline. Customers can login to Mahindra’s official website to book the SUV online while the automaker’s dealers across the country have begun accepting bookings for the XUV300 offline.
Scheduled to be launched on the 22nd of February, 2019, the Mahindra XUV300 will take on the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. It’s likely to be priced lower than the TUV300 – a body on ladder chassis equipped, sub-4 meter stablemate.
Unlike the Mahindra TUV300, the XUV300 is a monocoque bodied, front wheel driven SUV that’s based on the Ssangyong Tivoli. While the Tivoli measures over 4 meters in length, Mahindra has shortened the XUV300 to a little under 4 meters to avail excise duty benefits that the Indian government confers on sub-4 meter cars.
The engines of the Mahindra XUV300 will also meet the requirements of the compact car class. The petrol motor will be a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit while the diesel will be a 1.5 liter turbocharged unit. Both engines are touted to offer class leading power and torque numbers.
While the 1.2 liter turbo petrol is expected to make about 135 Bhp, the 1.5 liter diesel is said to put out 121 Bhp. As for torque, the petrol variant will make a class leading 200 Nm with the diesel also topping the segment with 300 Nm. The diesel powered XUV300’s engine outputs are bog similar to that of the Marazzo MPV, with which the compact SUV shares its diesel engine. All variants of the SUV will be front wheel driven, and there will be no all wheel drive variant even as an option.
Mahindra has also put out interesting details about the XUV300, which make the SUV a class leader in multiple aspects. All variants of the SUV will get twin Airbags, ABS, Disc Brakes on all four wheels, 6 Speed Transmission, LED tail lamps and 4 Power windows as standard. The top-end variant will feature a class leading 7 Airbags & first-in-class features such as Dual-Zone Fully Automatic Climate Control and Front Parking Sensors. A sunroof is also expected to be offer on the top-end optional variant. The SUV will be sold in 4 variants across both engines – W4, W6 & W8 and W8 (O).
The SUV is expected to be produced at Mahindra’s Chakan manufacturing facility, which also builds the KUV100 and XUV500 – two other monocoque SUVs. The Mahindra XUV300 will be followed by a 7 seat variant, which is expected to be launched in 2020. The 7 seat variant will share mechanical parts and features with the XUV300 but will get a longer body and an additional row of seats. Also, Mahindra is working on an all-electric variant of the XUV300, which is slated for launch in 2020. The XUV300 line-up is meant to boost Mahindra’s sales numbers in the compact SUV segment as the TUV300 has not done very well.