The Mahindra XUV300 is India’s latest sub-4 meter compact SUV, and it’s launch is slated for 15th of February, 2019. Bookings for the XUV300 are already on at Mahindra dealerships for a token amount of Rs. 20,000. To whet customer interest, Mahindra has been releasing information about the XUV300 in bursts. The latest in the series of information bursts is a couple of pictures that fully reveal the compact SUV’s interiors.
As the images indicate, the Mahindra XUV300 will get a first in class dual zone climate control system on the top-end variant. Another key attribute of the interiors is that the SUV will feature beige trimmed leather seats and a beige black finish for the dashboard.
It’ll also get a segment leading 7 airbags that includes a knee airbag for the driver. A sunroof will also be on offer in the top-end variant.
The Mahindra XUV300 will get two turbocharged engine options – a 1.2 liter petrol and a 1.5 liter diesel. The petrol motor is likely to make 135 Bhp-200 Nm with the diesel expected to output 121 Bhp-300 Nm. These are class leading outputs that put the XUV300 ahead of the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport, making it the most powerful sub-4 meter SUV in the country. 6 speed manual gearboxes will drive the front wheels of the SUV across both engines.
Mahindra is also expected to add a 6 speed AMT option to both engines in future. At launch though, the XUV300 is expected to be available only with manual gearboxes. An all wheel drive layout will not be on offer as well, even as an option, and it’s likely that Mahindra won’t bring this layout to the XUV300 even in future. The SUV will be sold in four variants each across petrol and diesel trims.
Apart from airbags, key safety features on the SUV will include ABS+EBD, disc brakes on all four wheels, reverse parking sensors, front parking sensors, reverse parking camera, speed alert, ISOFIX child seat mounts and a seat belt reminder. As for creature comforts, automatic headlamps, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, roof mounted spoiler, roof rails, rear wash wipe, projector headlamps and LED DRLs.
A seven seat version of the XUV300 is in the works for launch in 2020. Like the 5 seat model, it’ll be based on the Ssangyong Tivoli. Mahindra is also developing an all-electric version of the XUV300, which is expected to be launched sometime in 2020. The XUV300 Electric is touted to have very impressive acceleration, a top speed of about 180 Kph, and a range of 250 kilometers. It’s likely to be positioned as a genuine alternative to mainstream petrol and diesel engined cars. It’ll be interesting to see where Mahindra manages to price it though. Electric cars are still in their infancy in the Indian market, and prices are yet to fall. 2020 is when there will be plenty of action on the electric car front considering that emission norms are set to get a lot tighter.