Based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform, the Mahindra XUV300 is likely to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018
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Mahindra & Mahindra, the homegrown automaker is planning to launch a range of new utility vehicles in the country in the next 2 years. The first model to be launched will be a 7-seater MPV – codenamed U321 – which will rival the Toyota Innova Crysta. This MPV will replace the ageing Xylo MPV. Adding to it, the company will launch a 7-seater Rexton-based premium MPV, a 5-seater compact SUV and a luxury SUV based on XUV Aero concept. The 5-seater premium SUV – codenamed S201 – will be launched in 2018. If media reports are to be believed, the compact SUV could follow the XUV nomenclature and is likely to be called Mahindra XUV300.
Mahindra has confirmed that this 5-seater compact SUV will be developed on SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform. This is the same platform that also underpins the Tivoli compact SUV, which was unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo. Interestingly, the Mahindra XUV300 will be a sub-4 meter SUV and will take on the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport. The company will trim the overall length of the car to achieve sub-4 meter length. Likely to make its global debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February, this compact SUV will be launched in the second half of 2018.
The compact SUV has already been spotted testing on the outskirts of Chennai. The famous Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, Pininfarina and SsangYong will help the homegrown automaker to design this SUV. The vehicle will share most of its design highlights and components from the Tivoli SUV. However, the SUV will have Mahindra-like front face to make it look different from the Korean sibling.
The Mahindra XUV 300 will also mark the debut of Mahindra’s all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine. This engine is reportedly capable of producing around 140bhp of power, making it the most powerful in its league. Mahindra is also working on a new 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which is basically the 4-cylinder engine. This unit is also expected to produce around 125bhp. It will first debut in the upcoming Mahindra U321 MPV, but with 1.6-litre capacity. Both manual and automatic versions of the SUV will be on offer.
The homegrown automaker is yet to announce the exact launch details of the compact SUV. However, Mahindra officials have confirmed that the compact SUV will go on sale in the second half of 2018. Currently on testing phase, the Mahindra XUV 300 is likely to make its global debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018. We will update our readers as soon as Mahindra reveals anything on the same.
|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. It will be positioned above the TUV300 and NuvoSport and 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.
|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.
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.
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
Front – McPherson Type with Anti-rollbar
Rear – Multi-Link type with Anti-rollbar
Brakes – All four disc brakes + ABS
Competition – 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.
This compact SUV will be developed on flexible SsangYong’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli. Not just platform, the vehicle will share some of the body panels with the sister SUV. If reports are to be believed, 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.