In February, Mahindra will launch its first monocoque offering in the compact SUV segment in the form of the XUV300. The compact SUV will rival the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. The Mahindra XUV300 promises to be feature-loaded, and the latest spyshots reveal that even the base variant of the SUV will be feature rich. Here, take a look.
AutoPunditz reveal that even the base variant of the Mahindra XUV300 will get the following features as standard: LED tail lamp cluster, 2-din audio system, Power Windows (along with one touch anti pinch for the driver side), MID with the instrument console, automatic climate control, USB charging and a tachometer. Twin airbags and ABS+EBD are also expected to be standard, along with a seat belt reminder light.
The Mahindra XUV300 is entering a segment dominated by the Maruti Brezza while other options such as the Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport are also doing good numbers.
In essence, the XUV300 is a late entrant and Mahindra seems to be loading up the SUV to the brim to make it more attractive to buyers. As for pricing, that will be revealed at launch, on the 22nd of February. Pricing of the SUV is likely to start from about Rs. 7 lakhs for the base-petrol model.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be sold with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Both engines are said to make class leading power and torque outputs. The grapevine suggests that The petrol motor will be a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit with about 135 Bhp of peak power while the diesel will be a 1.5 liter turbocharged unit with about 121 Bhp on offer.
While 6 speed manual gearboxes will be offered at launch, 6 speed AMT options will follow in due course of time. Other key features on the top-end variants of the Mahindra XUV300 will include a Sunroof, LED DRLs, Dual Zone Auto AC, 7-Airbags, Cruise Control & electronic stabilty program. The XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli compact SUV but with different styling, features and also a shortened length to help it duck under the 4 meters mark. The sub-4 meter length of the SUV allows it to take advantage of the lower excise duty that the Indian government charges compact cars with.
Bookings will open shortly, and the Mahindra XUV300 is also expected to reach dealerships in the coming weeks. The XUV300 will be the first big launch of the year from Mahindra, and the SUV has a lot riding on it, not just for the near term but also for the brand’s long term plans. Yes, the XUV300 will be one of the first affordable SUVs to get an all-electric option. The all-electric variant is expected to be launched in 2020.
A longer version of the XUV300 that can accommodate 7 adults across three rows of seats is also in the works. The longer version of the SUV will be launched next year though. The longer version will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Honda BR-V, and is expected to be positioned as a value-for-money, feature-rich compact SUV.