Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV to go ELECTRIC

The Mahindra XUV300 is the latest SUV by the manufacturer and will be launched on 14th of February, 2019. The sub-compact SUV is based on the SsangYong Tivoli SUV and will come with several best in class features. It will also be the most powerful vehicle in its class, as that’s what Mahindra has led us to believe.

However, the company has also planned to bring in an electric version of the XUV300. The XUV300 EV will be launched in 2020 and will feature a slightly different design than the regular variant. Down below is a render of the upcoming XUV300 EV which gives us a fair bit of idea how it could finally look like.

Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV to go ELECTRIC

As seen in the render, the basic silhouette of the vehicle will remain the same in both the EV variant and the combustion powered variants. The front grilled and air dam will possibly get reduced in size. Also, they will just be cosmetic pieces as EV vehicles don’t have any use of air intake from the front.

The stylish LED DRLs debuting on the XUV300 could be made even more attractive by giving them a blue makeover. Another point of difference in design could be in terms of the alloys offered with the sub-compact SUV. Also, in order to make the EV variant stand apart, Mahindra could launch it with various tangy colours on offer.

The Mahindra XUV300 EV could be powered by a 380-volt system along with another lower powered unit. The 380 volt battery unit could offer around 250 km range along with a 0-100 km/h sprint in just 11 seconds. The top speed can be expected to be around 160 kmph, which is quite enough for normal usage.

The electric powertrains are jointly developed by SsangYong and Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd and it will be a completely new unit. Also, as is the case with most of the modern electric cars, Mahindra could offer fast charging technology. The battery pack would most probably be stored under the seats which will lower the centre of gravity of the vehicle.

With the recent government push to focus more on EVs has lead to a surge in development of such vehicles in India. Therefore the XUV 300 EV customers could get incentives from the government as part of the new FAME-II scheme, which is expected to be introduced soon. Another important aspect is the growth of EV infrastructure in India, which includes charging stations across the country along with enough skilled mechanics.

Many consider EV to be the future of mobility or say, future of the mobility for the time being. With the government actively participating in promoting such endeavours, it is expected that the coming two years will see a sharp rise in the availability of EVs in India. 2020 could be the year when electric vehicles take off in a big way in India as major car makers such as Maruti, Hyundai, Mahindra and Tata Motors will launch mass market EVs.