Mahindra XUV300 will be launched in the Indian market soon. Earlier codenamed as S201, the all-new Mahindra XUV 300 would sit under the XUV500 in the line-up and will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport.
The all-new XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli but Mahindra has made enough changes in the vehicle to give it a new identity. The all-new XUV300 has been designed with inputs from the Mahindra-owned popular car designing house Pininfarina. Here is a video that shows the wind tunnel testing of the upcoming SUV.
The wind tunnel test has been done in Turin, Italy, where the popular design house is stationed. The video shows how the vehicle is being tested in the massive wind tunnel. The smoke is released to see clearly how the wind is behaving around the vehicle and it shows smooth lines around the vehicle, which shows how aerodynamic the XUV300 is. Mahindra has not announced the drag coefficient of the XUV300 but from the video, it seems like very aerodynamic. In real life conditions, vehicles with low-drag coefficient product much lower wind-noise and are more fuel efficient.
The XUV300 will become the fourth product from the brand in the sub-4-meter SUV segment. It looks very premium and gets quite a few first-in-segment features. Mahindra partially announced the features of the XUV300 that includes the most-torque rich engine in the segment, the longest wheelbase in the segment, dual-zone climate control system, disc brakes on all four wheels are the few features announced officially by the brand. It also gets other features like dual-tone dashboard, cruise control, leather seats, sunroof, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a coloured driver information display.
Mahindra has not announced the engine options of the XUV300 too. However, it is expected to be powered by an all-new G80 turbocharged petrol engine and the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine available with the Mahindra Marazzo. It is only expected to get a manual transmission at the time of the launch but an AMT automatic transmission is expected to be added to the line-up at a later time.
The XUV300 has been testing on the Indian roads for a long time now. At a later stage, it will also get a long-wheelbase version o the car that is expected to get three-row seats for 7-people. Mahindra is expected to price the vehicle very competitively in the market but the top-end variants may get closely priced with the Hyundai Creta. Mahindra has not announced about the official bookings but many dealerships across the country have started taking unofficial bookings and the deliveries are expected to start by the end of February 2019.
The long wheelbase version of the Mahindra XUV300 is expected to arrive a year after the short wheelbase version launches. The long wheelbase variant is expected to get better power and torque outputs to cope with the additional passengers it will have to carry.