Mahindra XUV300 has a diesel engine that produces the highest torque in its segment and the diesel variants are not much expensive than their petrol counterparts. Is this the reason that people are going for diesel engine with the XUV300?
Mahindra XUV300 is the brand’s perfect iteration of a compact-SUV. The carmaker earlier tried with Quanto and NuvoSport in this segment, although, those cars failed miserably in the Indian market. The XUV300 is based on Ssangyong Tivoli and ticks almost all the right boxes to be a potent sub-4m compact-SUV. It is offered with 2 engine options – 1.2L turbo-petrol and 1.5L turbo-diesel. Mahindra has updated both the engines to comply with the upcoming BS-6 emission norms. However, some manufacturers have confirmed to stay away from diesel engines in the BS-6 era. According to them, the diesel variants of the cars do not contribute much on the sales chart. The XUV300’s sales figures have a different story to reveal. In 2019, Mahindra sold more than 40,000 units of the XUV300 and 74 per cent of the total units sold had a diesel engine powering the front wheels.
Mahindra has recently updated the diesel engine of the XUV300 to withstand the BS-6 compliance, but the cost of the car remains the same. It starts at Rs. 8.69 lakh for the base W4 variant. The petrol variant starts at a little lesser price tag of Rs. 8.3 lakhs. The minuscule difference between the cost of petrol and diesel variants of the car can also be considered as one reason that buyers are buying more of the powerful diesel variants of the car.
The diesel engine on the XUV300 is a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged unit. It is good to whip out a peak power output of 115 BHP and a peak torque of 300 Nm. Thus, it is the torquiest engine on offer in its segment. It can be had mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a Magnetti-Marelli sourced 6-speed AMT. The petrol motor in the XUV300 is a rather small 1.2L 3-cylinder turbocharged unit. It churns out 110 BHP and 200 Nm as its rated output and is only offered with a 6-speed stick shift.
Mahindra would soon be launching a powerful Sportz variant of the XUV300.
That said, Mahindra would soon be launching a Sportz variant of the XUV300, which will feature a 1.2L 3-cylinder mStallion unit. This turbo-petrol engine will belt out 130 BHP and 230 Nm, making it the most powerful car in its segment. The mStallion series of engines will also be seen on the Ford cars as well. The first car from the Ford stable to get one would be the Ford Ecosport.