Before the scheduled launch on September 10, 2015, clear spy images of the much-anticipated TUV300 have surfaced online. To be positioned above the Quanto, the TUV300 will take on the Ford EcoSport which actually brought the culture of sub-4 metre SUVs in India. The Mahindra TUV300 mini SUV takes its design inspiration from the battle tank with elements such as raised shoulders, flat roof, square-shaped wheel arches and straight bonnet. The company says that the vehicle is based on a new ladder frame chassis, and it has been designed and developed in-house. The Mahindra TUV300's research & development work was carried in Chennai at Mahindra Research Valley (MRV).Powering the Mahindra TUV300 is a re-worked version of the Quanto's 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder powertrain called the mHawk80. Paired to either a 5-speed manual or an automated manual transmission (AMT), this engine will churn out around 100bhp of power. Just so you know, the vehicle will be offered in both 5 and 7-seat configurations.Click next to see more images of the TUV300
The front-fascia of the Mahindra TUV300 features an evolved version of Mahindra's signature tooth grille. Though the new grille now looks largely similar to that of the Jeep Cherokee sans two less vertical slats. No matter what the real inspiration behind the new grille, people may like it because it somehow manages to give it a rugged and sporty appeal. Other interesting elements at the front are sweptback headlamps, a large rectangular airdam and square-shaped fog lights.
Coming to the side profile of the Mahindra TUV300, it looks rugged if not sporty with squarish wheel arches with 10-spoke, 15-inch alloy wheels, blackened B and D Pillars, roof rails and a prominent character line. However, it still looks very plain and boxy.
Now the cabin, picture of which was recently teased by the company. The company had teased the picture of the vehicle's steering wheel which also partially revealed the instrument panel of the car. The vehicle's steering wheel looks similar to that of the Quanto, but with more chrome treatment and audio control buttons mounted on it. In fact, the steering wheel might remind you of the Tata Zest. The instrument cluster of the vehicle seems to have take its inspiration from the XUV500. The teaser image also reveals that the vehicle's cabin will be in dual paint-scheme (Black + Beige).
The rear profile of the TUV300 is probably the least impressive part of all as it reminds us of the Quanto, though with a different wheel cover for the rear-mounted spare wheel. Also different is the rear bumper.
Features on offer will be dual airbags, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirror, a touch-screen infotainment system with a large central screen, 2-DIN Music system, Bluetooth, AUX-in and USB connectivity, power windows, etc. The Mahindra TUV300 is based on a new ladder frame chassis, which makes it lighter and more compact than the Bolero. It's the same platform that underpins the Scorpio.