We informed you earlier that Mahindra is working on the long wheelbase version of the XUV300. The XUV300 is based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform, which also underpins the Tivoli. The Korean automaker is also selling the long-wheelbase version of the Tivoli in the international market. Mahindra will follow the same strategy and will introduce the long-wheelbase XUV300. This development has been officially confirmed by Mahindra to European media via the mid-term roadmap.
The 7-seat version of the Mahindra XUV300 was rumoured to be called the Mahindra XUV400, though nothing official has been confirmed by the automaker. The European-spec version will be powered by a 1.5-litre GDI naturally aspirated direct-injection 4-cylinder petrol engine. This engine will also power the Mahindra Marazzo next year.
The image used by Mahindra to show its roadmap features a longer version of the SsangYong Tivoli. It is expected that the 7-seater model could share the design with the Tivoli Air (SsangYong Tivoli XLV). The SUV could also share the design of the Mahindra XUV300 5-seater.
The SsangYong Tivoli XLV/AIR measures 4,440mm in length, 1,798mm in width and 1,635mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,600mm. The wheelbase is similar to that of the Tivoli 5-seater model. The increase in length result into more boot space rather than extra row of seats.
The 7-seater Mahindra XUV300 SUV is scheduled to be launched in the European markets in 2022. This suggests that the SUV could arrive in our market in 2021. A possible debut in concept form at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo can’t be ignored. The India-spec model will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. It will directly rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks.