Mahindra has just launched its first vehicle to comply with the Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms, in the form of the turbo petrol engined XUV300 sub-4 meter compact SUV. Prices of the Mahindra XUV300 Turbo Petrol BS6 start from Rs. 8.3 lakhs ex-showroom all-India, and go up to Rs. 11.84 lakhs, which means that there is no price hike. Mahindra will introduce more BS6 cars in the coming weeks, and by April 2020, we expect the entire range of passenger vehicles sold by the Indian utility vehicle giant to be compliant with Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms.
While the petrol powered BS6 vehicles from Mahindra won’t get significant price increases, the BS6 Diesels are likely to be significantly pricier than the BS4 trims. This is also a reason why Mahindra is planning to offer a range of new turbocharged petrol engines on many of its SUVs, which previously used to be diesel-only.
Commenting on the introduction of the BS6 XUV500, Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. said,
We are delighted to launch our first BS 6 vehicle. It is a milestone in our BS6 transition journey. Despite tight timelines, we along with our suppliers, have met the challenging requirements of these tighter emission norms, much ahead of the stipulated timeline. We will progressively upgrade our entire range with cleaner emissions technology.
The Mahindra XUV300 equipped with the BS6 turbo petrol engine comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox that drives its front wheels. The 1.2 liter-3 cylinder engine makes class leading torque of 200 Nm while peak power is also quite impressive at 115 Bhp. The sub-4 meter offering is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli platform, and has been suitably shortened to meet compact car regulations in India, which give it a hefty tax cut.
The compact SUV is also available with a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine which produces 115 Bhp-300 Nm, and is paired to two gearbox options: a 6 speed manual and a 6 speed AMT. The diesel powered version of the XUV300 will also be made BS6 compliant well ahead of the April 1st, 2020, deadline. The diesel XUV300 in BS6 trim is likely to get costlier by about Rs. 50,000 than comparable BS4 trims.
The Mahindra XUV300 is among the most safety feature-rich vehicles in its segment. Safety equipment on offer in the top-end variants of the SUV include 7 airbags, tyre pressure monitoring system, 3 point seatbelts for all five passengers along with seatbelt reminders, ABS, hill hold, disc brakes on all four wheels, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking camera, electronic stability program and traction control.