Mahindra MD Pawan Goenka’s first car in 26 years is an XUV300 compact SUV

Pawan Goenka, the Managing Director of the Indian automobile giant has posted new pictures on Twitter about his new car. He posted the pictures of himself and his family taking the delivery of a brand-new XUV300. He has put three pictures of the spanking new car with his family at an apartment complex.

According to the post, this is his first “self-owned” car in the last 26 years. He also added that he has driven the Mahindra XUV300 many times as Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra and but he will drive the car as a customer and owner today and that’s a different excitement altogether. He also mentions that the car he bought is the AMT version and gets 17-inch alloy wheels, sunroof and leatherette seats. While he has not mentioned the variant name, we can figure out that this is the top-end version, which is the W8(O) autoSHIFT. It is priced at Rs 12.69 lakh, ex-showroom, which is on the expensive side but it sure gets all the bells and whistles in place.

It should be noted that Mahindra offers the Red Raging colour, which is the car seen in the pictures shared by Dr Pawan Goenka is available at Rs 15,000 extra. This colour is only available with the top-end version of the car.

Mahindra MD Pawan Goenka’s first car in 26 years is an XUV300 compact SUV

Anand Mahindra, the bossman at Mahindra and Mahindra also congratulated Dr Pawan Goenka and said that “there’s not much of a competition in the segment”. It should be noted that Anand Mahindra himself owns a range of Mahindra cars including the Mahindra Alturas G4, TUV300 with custom armour kit, Mahindra Bolero Invader, TUV300 Plus in special paint scheme and even a Mahindra Scorpio.

The Mahindra XUV300’s diesel variants are powered by the 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 115 Bhp and peak torque of 300 Nm. The 6-speed AMT automatic available for the vehicle has been sourced from Magnetti Marelli. It should be noted that Mahindra XUV300 AMT is only available with the diesel engine option and not with the petrol engine.

The XUV300 gained quick popularity in the market soon after its launch. The car offers a range of segment-first features including heated ORVMs, steering modes, 7-airbags, front parking sensors, all-four disc brakes, dual-zone climate control and highest torque-rated engines in the segment. Mahindra also offers a range of regular features like the sunroof, leatherette interior, 17-inch dual-shade diamond-cut alloy wheels, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and more.

The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli. It should be noted that Mahindra is also working on the 7-seater version of the XUV300, which take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta in the market.

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