Based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform, the Mahindra XUV300 is likely to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018
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In a bid to regain lost market share, Mahindra & Mahindra is planning to introduce at least 4 all-new utility vehicles in the country in the next 2 years. The first model to go on sale will be a 7-seater MPV – codenamed U321 – which will rival the Toyota Innova Crysta. Other models will include a 7 seater SUV, a 5-seater premium SUV and a luxury SUV based on XUV Aero concept. The 5-seater premium SUV – codenamed S201 – will be launched in 2018. Media reports suggest that the SUV could follow the XUV nomenclature and is likely to be called Mahindra XUV300.
This premium SUV will be developed on SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform that also underpins the Tivoli compact SUV. This compact SUV is expected to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018, while launch could take place by mid-2018. The compact SUV has already been snapped several times during its test rounds 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. Despite sharing platform, the overall styling of the Mahindra compact SUV will be different from the Tivoli. However, it will share some of its components from the smaller SUV.
The Mahindra XUV 300 is expected to be powered by an all-new 1.5-litre TGDI petrol engine, which will be co-developed by Mahindra & SsangYong. This engine is likely to be ready by early 2018 and will also be used in other Mahindra cars. The oil burner is likely to be a 1.5-litre mHawk100 unit that also powers the Mahindra TUV300 and NuvoSport. This compact SUV will rival the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and others in its league.
The homegrown automaker is yet to confirm the launch details of the compact SUV. Currently on testing phase, the Mahindra XUV 300 is likely to make its global debut at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018. The launch could happen by mid-2018, before festive season. We will update our readers as soon as Mahindra reveals anything on the same.
|Base Model||Rs 8.5 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 12 lakh|
Based on the SsangYong Tivoli’s platform, the XUV 300 will be placed between the TUV300 and the Scorpio. It will rival against the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and the upcoming Nissan Kicks. This compact SUV is expected to be priced between Rs 8.5 lakh to Rs 12 lakh.
|Engine||1.5L TGDI||1.5L mHawk100|
|Gearbox||5-speed MT & 6-speed AT||5-speed MT & AMT|
The SUV will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. The gasoline version will be propelled by a 1.5-litre TGDI unit that is currently in development phase. It will also power the future Mahindra & SsangYong’s product. This engine is expected to return around 100bhp of power and 140Nm of torque. Exact numbers are likely to be revealed at the biennial event in February 2018.
On the flip side, the diesel version will get a 1.5-litre mHawk 100 unit that also powers the TUV300. THis engine churns out a maximum power output of 100bhp and a peak torque of 240Nm. 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 above 4 metre in length, the Mahindra XUV 300 compact SUV will rival the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano.
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.
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.