Mahindra is all set to launch the Sportz variant of its XUV300 in April as the most powerful compact SUV of the country.
Mahindra had a grand pavilion at the recently concluded 2020 Auto Expo. The manufacturer showcased a slew of products including a few iterations of its XUV300 compact-SUV and a series of mStallion turbo-petrol engines. One of the cars was a combination of both - the XUV300 Sportz with a 1.2L turbo-petrol engine. According to recent media reports, the car has been confirmed for launch next month, in April 2020.
With new mStallion engine, the XUV300 will be the most powerful car in its segment.
Currently, the XUV300 is offered with 2 engine options, a 1.2L petrol with a rated output of 110 HP and 200 Nm and a 1.5L diesel with a peak power output of 115 HP and 300 Nm. The new mStallion engine will be more powerful than the current 1.2L turbocharged petrol motor with its peak power output of 130 HP and max. torque of 230 NM. The current engine options available with the XUV300 are BSVI compliant, thus, Mahindra will not discontinue any of its outgoing engines. It will be sold alongside the 1.5L diesel and 1.2L petrol motor.
With the new mStallion engine, the power output of XUV300 will be on higher than the most powerful car of this segment, Ford Ecosport, which has a peak power output of 123 HP. Although, under the Ford-Mahindra JV, this new turbo-petrol motor could soon be seen doing duties on the Ecosport as well. The new power plant will help the XUV300 outperform cars even a segment above, like Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, as these cars come with a 1.5L N/A petrol motor that belts out a peak output of 114 HP and 144 Nm only.
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The introduction of this new engine will also invite a few cosmetic changes to the sub-4m compact SUV. It will get a distinctive body graphics with ‘Sportz’ mentioned on the front doors and chequered flag on the rear doors. It will also get its brake callipers finished in red. On the inside, the changes will include an all-black theme for the interior with red inserts. The seating upholstery will feature red stitching with the use of black fabric.
The prices for XUV300 starts at Rs. 8.10 lakh for the base-spec petrol and goes all the way up to Rs. 11.84 lakh for the top-end W8(O) petrol variant. The Sportz variant of the XUV300 is expected to carry a price premium of around Rs. 40,000-50,000 over the current ex-showroom price of the car.