Mahindra just announced the official name of the S201 as the XUV 300. The sub-4-meter compact SUV would take on the vehicles like Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and so on. With the announcement of the name and first pictures of the vehicle, Mahindra has announced quite a few segment-first features of the XUV 300.
The segment-first features comprise of the dual-zone climate control system, disc brakes on all four wheels, the longest wheelbase in the segment and highest torque output. Mahindra has not revealed the engine specifications yet but has hinted that it will get an engine with higher torque output in the segment.
Apart from the segment-first features, the Mahindra XUV 300 also gets many premium features. The feature list includes a sunroof, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and cruise control, leather seats, dual-tone dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is a second screen that shows the AC temperature. The layout is quite similar to the SsangYong Tivoli available in the international markets.
The XUV 300 looks much like the XUV 500 from the outside. There is a chrome-dipped grille at the front with projector headlamps and LED DRLs. It also gets blacked out A, B, and C-Pillars that gives a floating effect to the roof.
At the rear, it gets the split tail lamp with a black bumper. There is black cladding on the wheel arches too that matches quite well with the rear black bumper. Mahindra is yet to reveal the price, engine options, variants and colour options of the XUV 300. The vehicle is expected to be launched in early 2019 and would be positioned as a premium product in the market. The top-end version of the XUV 300 would also take on the Hyundai Creta when launched.
Mahindra is likely to use an all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine to power the XUV 300. The diesel engine is expected to be the same as the 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that is available with the Mahindra Marazzo. There is no 4WD option available with the all-new XUV. Also, at the time of the launch, an only manual transmission would be available. However, at a later date, Mahindra would add AMT automatic transmission.