Mahindra is planning a comeback for the TUV 300 in BS-VI avatar with a new front-end design. We have got new spy shots of a test mule, and you maybe intrigued by the name in the spare wheel cover.
After the new BS-VI norms were implemented, Mahindra discontinued its TUV 300. Seen as a spiritual successor to the Bolero, the TUV 300 was a boxy and butch SUV compared to the soft-roader and crossover styling of its segment rivals. Though this design has worked for the Bolero for close to two decades, new owners didn’t like the TUV 300s styling as much. This may be because the Bolero is now a strong seller mainly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, where the boxy design works more. The TUV 300 wasn’t the strongest of sellers in its segments as buyers instead looked at other options, it’s sibling the Mahindra XUV 300 being one of them. But the TUV 300 is planning for a comeback soon by the looks of these exclusive spy shots.
The pictures have been clicked and shared by Sridhar Shri and as you can see, the Mahindra TUV 300 is getting a facelift rather being an all-new model in BS-VI avatar. Instead of the squared-off design of the older model, the spy shots reveal a much curvier design with softer edges. There’s a new all in one design for the grille and headlights, which get XUV 300 style eyebrow DRLs. It also gets an all-new bumper design and looks like the square fog lamps have been binned for a more angular design. The rest of the design remains similar as it carries over the same bodyshell, so drastic changes were not an option. Interestingly, the rear spare wheel cover has the Bolero name embossed in it instead of the TUV 300. Though currently, it is just pure speculation, Mahindra may try to market the updated model as the all-new Bolero. As the Bolero isn’t commonly seen in metro cities any more, and it may be genius marketing from the Indian UV maker.
Powertrain details for the updated Mahindra TUV 300 are scarce, but most likely may share engines with the XUV 300 in a slightly detuned form. The BS-IV TUV 300 was powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel, making peak power and torque figures of 100 PS and 240 Nm respectively. The new engines should make similar if not more power figures at least.