– Likely to be launched in the second half of 2018, the Mahindra XUV300 will rival the Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport.
– It is based on the SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli compact SUV.
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Homegrown UV maker, Mahindra is planning to launch a range of new utility vehicles in the Indian market in the next 2 years. The company has confirmed that they will launch 3 all-new products this year including a 7-seater MPV – codenamed U321, a 7-seater Rexton-based premium SUV and a 5-seater compact SUV. The model we are talking here is a 5-seater compact SUV – codenamed S201 – which is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2018. It is expected that the sub-4 meter SUV will follow the XUV nomenclature and could be named the Mahindra XUV300. It was speculated that the small SUV will make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo; that didn’t happen.
The Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV is based on SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. What’s more interesting is that this compact SUV will come with two seating layouts – 5 and 7. The 7-seater model will sit above 4 meter in length and will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Just to jog your memory, Mahindra had unveiled the Tivoli compact SUV at the 2016 Auto Expo and reports suggest that the electric version of the car will be launched in India.
The Mahindra XUV300 will sit below 4 meter in length and will rival the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport. Mahindra will alter the platform to achieve sub-4 meter length. The famous Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, Pininfarina and SsangYong will help the company to design this SUV. It will share design cues and components from the Tivoli SUV. However, the SUV will have Mahindra-like front face to make it look different from the Korean sibling. Also See – Upcoming Mahindra Cars In India
If reports are to be believed, it will be most powerful compact SUV in the Indian market. This compact SUV will also mark the debut of Mahindra’s all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, which is likely to produce around 140bhp. The diesel version will get a new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, which is expected to produce around 125bhp of power.
Touchscreen infotainment system
16- and 17-inch alloy wheels
ABS with EBD and brake assist
Automatic climate control
Reverse parking camera
Multi-functional steering wheel
Electrically adjustable ORVMs
Though the exact launch date of the SUV is yet to be announced, media reports claim that the SUV will go on sale in the second half of this year, possibly around Diwali. We will update our readers as soon as Mahindra reveals anything on the same. Also See – Mahindra U321 Price, Launch & Other Details
|Base Model||Rs 8 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 11 lakh|
Based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s platform, the XUV 300 will be the company’s forth SUV in the sub-4 meter category. To be slotted above the TUV300 and NuvoSport, the XUV300 will be positioned against the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. This compact SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 11 lakh.
The Mahindra XUV 300 compact SUV will be developed on the flexible SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. However, Mahindra engineers will modify this platform to achieve sub-4 meter length. If reports are to be believed, the SUV will come with two seating options – 5 and 7 – and the latter will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. Not just platform, the S201 will share some of the body panels with the sister SUV. However, the SUV will have different exterior and interior styling. The vehicle will be equipped with new grille, which will be similar to the one offered with the XUV500. It will feature a sculpted bonnet, sweptback headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, fog lamps with chrome surround and big bumper with skid plate. Going by the spyshots, this compact SUV has integrated roof spoiler, aggressive bumper and LED taillamps.
The Mahindra XUV 300 is expected to share its cabin from the bigger sibling. However, the company could fit more modern features and different customisation options for upholstery. The SUV will get a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and navigation. This touchscreen will also work as a display for the reverse parking camera. Feature list will include steering mounted controls, automatic air conditioning, rear AC vents, leather upholstery, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry, reversing camera, etc.
|Engine||1.2L Turbocharged||1.5L 4-cylinder|
|Power||140bhp (Estd)||125bhp (Estd)|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 6-speed AT||5-speed MT & AMT|
The SUV will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. It was speculated that the new compact SUV will be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine, which is reportedly in development phase. Latest media reports suggest that the XUV300 compact SUV will get an all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with direct injection. This engine is reportedly the most powerful in its category, and is likely to produce around 140bhp of power. It will be around 25bhp more powerful than Ford’s new Dragon engine. Exact numbers are likely to be revealed at the biennial event in February 2018. Also See – 2018 Mahindra XUV500 Launch & Other Details
On the flip side, the diesel version will be powered by a new 1.5-litre turbocharged unit. This four-cylinder engine is basically the bored out version of the 1.2-litre DFalcon unit that powers the KUV100. This engine will have a bigger turbocharger and an extra cylinder, and is likely to produce close to 125bhp of power. Transmission options are likely to include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and an autoSHIFT automated manual transmission.
The petrol version of the compact SUV is expected to be highly fuel efficient. It is expected to return around 17-18kmpl of mileage, while the diesel model could deliver around 21-22kmpl.
Mahindra will equip the new compact SUV will several high-end safety and security features. Dual front airbags and ABS (anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) will come as standard. The top-end model could get side and curtain airbags, Hill launch assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), rear parking camera and sensors, etc.
The new model will come equipped with all-4 disc brakes, which will be further assisted by ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). For suspension duties, the XUV 300 will get McPherson Type with Anti-roller at the front and Multi-Link Type with Anti-roller at the rear.
To be slotted under 4 meter in length, the new XUV 300 compact SUV will rival the Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Hyundai Carlino.
Based on SsangYong Tivoli's platform, the Mahindra XUV300 will rival the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. To be offered in petrol and diesel guise, the compact SUV will have premium interior and high-end features.