Mahindra has just released a TVC for the recently launched XUV300 compact SUV. The vehicle is already on sale, and the first deliveries have begun. Prices of the XUV300 start from Rs. 7.9 lakhs for the turbo petrol engined version, and Rs. 8.49 lakhs for the turbo diesel engined version. The compact SUV sits in the sub-4 meter class, and rubs shoulders with the likes of the Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport.
A late entrant to the sub-4 meter SUV space, the Mahindra XUV300 is feature-rich. Mahindra has opted to offer something extra in every aspect of the SUV to make it stand out and be more appealing than the current offerings in the segment. This is the reason the SUV is stuffed with many segment leading features, and also the reason why Mahindra has priced it higher than the two top sellers of the segment – the Maruti Brezza and Tata Nexon.
In terms of mechanicals, the XUV300 Petrol offers class leading torque. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine makes 110 Bhp-200 Nm, and this much torque puts it above all competitors. The 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine of the SUV outclasses competition in both power and torque, making 115 Bhp-300 Nm. Both engines are offered with 6 speed manual gearboxes that drive the front wheels.
As for features, the XUV300 offers 7 airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, ABS+EBD, ESP with roll over mitigation, hill hold, dual zone climate control, electric sunroof, leather seating, ambient lighting, front proximity sensors, reverse parking sensors and camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, 60:40 split and full fold functions for the rear seat, heated wing mirrors, LED headlamps, 6 speaker audio, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Clearly, it’s one of the most loaded SUVs that Mahindra has ever produced in India.
Mahindra has noted that an AMT option will be soon available with both the petrol and diesel engines of the XUV300. The launch of the AMT variant will happen sometime during this year’s festive season. The AMT variants of the XUV300 are expected to be pricier by about Rs. 60,000 when compared to their equivalent manual variants. Mahindra is also working on an all-electric version of the XUV300, which will deliver a whopping 400 kilometers of range per change in the extended range version. Even the regular version of the Mahindra XUV300 Electric will have a very good battery range of 300 kilometers. Performance will be more than adequate with a 160 Kph top speed and a 0-100 Kph sprint timing of just 11 seconds. The XUV300 Electric will be launched by the end of 2020.
Mahindra is also working on a CNG-Petrol dual fuel version of the XUV300. The CNG variant is expected to be launched in early 2020, just ahead of the upcoming Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms. The CNG powered version will be aimed at city SUV buyers who find the diesel version to expensive after introduction of the BS6 emission norms. The BS6 emission norms are likely to increase the price of the diesel powered variants of the XUV300 by about Rs. 1 lakh. This is why a CNG-Petrol dual fuel variant makes sense for city SUV buyers who don’t need massive tank range.