Mahindra is all set to introduce the Mahindra XUV300 to the Indian auto market in February this year. Read on to get an insight into the upcoming sub-4-metre SUV from the domestic automaker.
The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli, but unlike the Alturas G4 which is just a rebadged version of the SsangYong counterpart, it will come with a list of alterations. It has been spied numerous times both in India and in foreign countries. Recently four test mules of the vehicle have been spotted parking outside a Maruti dealership in India. This article is going to provide you with a collection of six things you should know about the Mahindra XUV300.
The Mahindra XUV300 is projected to be launched next month
It will get the most spacious cabin
The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivoli, which measures over 4 metres in length. To meet the sub-4-metre criterion, Mahindra has decided to trim the overhangs on both the car front and rear, but the wheelbase remained unchanged. Thanks to the most extended wheelbase in the segment, once launched, the Mahindra XUV300 will be the most spacious compact SUV on sale in India.
The Mahindra XUV300 will have a spacious cabin with segment-leading safety features
It is packed with top-notch features
Despite not being the first compact SUV of Mahindra, the XUV300 will be the most advanced and feature-rich one of the company. Its expected exterior feature list will include a sunroof, 17-inch wheels and LED projector headlamps. As regards the interior, the compact SUV will offer its passengers a two-zone automatic temperature control, which will be, for the first time equipped on a small SUV in India. Other interior features consist of start bush button, smart keyless entry, driver MID, etc.
Furthermore, it will also be replete with segment-leading safety features. Mahindra has paid much of its attention to car safety with the Marazzo MPV impressively achieving a 4-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The XUV300 is also laden with first-in-the-segment safety features such as seven airbags and disc brakes on all the four wheels. The SsangYong Tivoli got four stars in the EURO NCAP, so we expect that its sibling will get the same or even better result.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be laden with advanced interior features.
It will be the most powerful compact SUV in India
The domestic automaker has claimed that the XUV300 will be the most powerful compact SUV in the Indian auto market. Under the hood of the Mahindra XUV300 is likely to be a novel 1.2L turbocharged petrol motor and a 1.5L D15 diesel unit taken from the Marazzo. While the petrol motor can produce a maximum power of 128 bhp and a peak torque of 160 Nm, the diesel one is good for 123 bhp against 300 Nm. With these engines, the Mahindra XUV300 stands a good chance of becoming the most powerful compact SUV in India.
1.2L turbocharged petrol
1.5L D15 diesel
The Mahindra XUV300 will also be the first mass-produced car to be equipped with a unique ‘smart steer’ technology. Like the Tata Nexon with Eco, City and Sport driving modes which change the performance of the engine accordingly, the ‘smart steer’ system of the XUV300 would adjust the driving feel to the specific
mode which has been chosen
4. Other versions of the Mahindra XUV300 will be launched soon
Once launched in India next month, the XUV300 will be available with only a 6-speed MT gearbox. It has been reported that a 5-speed AMT unit has been prepared for the car but will come later.
The EV version of the Mahindra XUV300 will be launched in 2020
The Indian government has implemented numerous plans to motivate the use of hybrid and electric vehicles in the country. As a result, many automakers are gearing up to launch EVs in the coming time. Mahindra is not an exception. It is preparing for an XUV300 EV compact SUV, which is expected to be launched in early 2020.
Now, when all the preparations for the launch of the XUV300 compact SUV have been completed, it is high time for Mahindra to develop a seven-seater version of the compact SUV. The XUV300 test mule with a longer wheelbase has been spotted several times, and the new rival of the Hyundai Creta and the forthcoming Nissan Kicks is expected to be launched soon with an aggressive price as well as both petrol and diesel motors.
5. It will be based on but not a rebadged version of the SsangYong Tivoli
Unlike the Mahindra Alturas G4, which is only a rebadged version of the SsangYong Rexton G4, the XUV300 features numerous alterations against the SsangYong Tivoli, the vehicle on which it is based. To be more specific, it will get a different design, different dimensions and also different engines.
Despite being based on the SsangYong Tivoli, the Mahindra XUV300 will feature numerous alterations
6. It will be launched next month
As Mahindra & Mahindra is ready for the launch of the compact SUV, we can expect that it will be launched next month. Such details as the exact mechanical specifications, dimensions and mileage will be announced with the car launch. With the impressive feature list, the powerful engine, the last thing which will determine the success of the XUV300 is the price. It is expected to have a starting price of Rs 6 lakh to compete with other vehicles in the same segment effectively.
Above is the list of the six facts about the Mahindra XUV300 that you should know. Hope that these pieces of information have helped you understand more about the long-awaited compact SUV of Mahindra. In general, with a pack of top-notch features including segment-leading ones and the most powerful engines in its segment, the XUV300 is expected to become a formidable competitor with the current compact SUVs in India.