Mahindra is just weeks away from launching the XUV300 sub-4 meter compact SUV. The new SUV will take on the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. It’ll be launched on the 14th of February, 2019, and Mahindra dealers have already begun taking bookings for the SUV. A leaked spec sheet of the XUV300 reveals that it’s a lot more powerful than the segment leader – the Maruti Brezza.
Spec sheet courtesy AutoPunditz
Other SUVs such as the Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport, which also pack in powerful engines, fall short of the XUV300. As for the petrol engine, the Mahindra XUV300 features a 1.2 liter turbocharged unit with 110 Bhp-200 Nm on tap, and the diesel motor is a 1.5 liter unit that makes 115 Bhp-300 Nm. 6 speed manual gearboxes are standard with both engines, and drive the front wheels of the SUV on both fuel trims.
Now comparing the outputs of the XUV300 to that of the other SUVs that it’ll compete with, the Mahindra SUV’s petrol variants makes 200 Nm of peak torque, which is higher than that of the Ford EcoSport (150 Nm and 170 Nm – EcoBoost) and the Tata Nexon (170 Nm).
In terms of peak power, the XUV300 Petrol’s 110 Bhp output is higher than that of the Tata Nexon’s 108 Bhp output but lower than the Ford EcoSport’s 123 Bhp and 125 Bhp (EcoBoost) outputs. The Maruti Brezza does not offer a petrol engine.
Talking diesels, the Mahindra XUV300 beats all other SUVs fair and square. It’s 115 Bhp-300 Nm is much more than the Maruti Vitara Brezza’s 189 Bhp-200 Nm, the Ford EcoSport Diesel’s 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm and the Tata Nexon’s 108 Bhp-260 Nm outputs.
The Mahindra XUV300’s fuel efficiency figures have also surfaced. The petrol variant will offer 17 Kmpl while the diesel will deliver 20 Kmpl. The petrol engined XUV300’s mileage is level with that of the Nexon and EcoSport but the diesel model’s mileage is lowest in the class.
Meanwhile, the Mahindra XUV300 is also the only SUV among the quartet to offer disc brakes on all four wheels. It’ll also be the safest SUV in its class, with 7 airbags, hill hold, ESP, ABS+EBD, tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and a reverse parking camera.
Coming to features, it will be quite loaded as well. From an electric sunroof and heated wing mirrors to multiple steering modes and an idle-stop system, the XUV300 promises to be a segment leader in terms of the sheer number of features on offer.
In terms of pricing, the Mahindra XUV300 is likely to start from under Rs. 8 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The SUV will be built alongside the Mahindra XUV500 and KUV100 at the automaker’s Chakan factory, off Pune. In 2020, an electric version of the XUV300 will be launched in India.