The 2020 Mahindra TUV300 Plus was spotted in disguise ahead of launch. It will get a BS6 compliant engine and a subtle makeover. Could even go on sale by the end of this year.
The 2020 Mahindra TUV300 Plus was spotted in disguise ahead of its launch later this year. It is expected to offer a BSVI compliant diesel engine and come with subtle styling changes. It may be noted that even though there is an overall slowdown in the Indian automotive industry, compact and subcompact SUVs are still extremely popular with buyers. Hyundai’s newly launched Venue has been doing great for itself, having recently dethroned Maruti Suzuki Brezza as the largest selling subcompact SUV. Thus, it seems like a wise decision for Mahindra to focus on its sub-compact offering as well.
While Mahindra’s presence in the sub-compact SUV segment has been bolstered by the extremely eye-catchy XUV300, Mahindra seeks to bring a conservative audience base onboard with its conservative-looking TUV300. The biggest difference between the two is in the looks; where the XUV harbours an angry face with muscular wheel arches, the TUV gets a very clean, squared-off look. Despite receiving a minor facelift earlier this year, the TUV300 and TUV300 plus slipped quietly under the buyers’ radar.
The spy images make it clear that there aren’t many changes to the overall design. The TUV300 still carries a hatch-mounted spare tire, and the side profile is unchanged as well. The front fascia, however, shows the maximum change. The signature six slat front grille with black honeycomb mesh pattern looks a little sleeker now, and the headlamps are more aggressive, too.
As for the powertrain, the updated model should feature the same 1.5-litre mHawk unit that does duty on the new BSVI-certified Mahindra Bolero. Mahindra could also introduce a smaller petrol engine, like the one found on the XUV300. Expect a bump in the price to complement the jump from BSIV to BSVI norms. Currently, the Mahindra TUV300 Plus retails for Rs. 9.92 lakh for the base variant, reaching up to Rs. 11.42 lakh for the top ‘P8’ trim (both prices ex-showroom).