Based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform, the Mahindra XUV300 is likely to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018
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Homegrown utility vehicle maker, Mahindra & Mahindra is working on a range of new utility vehicles for the Indian market. These new models will be launched in the market in the next 2 years, and the first all-new model to be launched will be a 7-seater MPV – codenamed U321 – which will be slotted between Ertiga and Innova Crysta. Besides, the company will launch a 7-seater Rexton-based premium SUV, a 5-seater compact SUV and a luxury SUV based on XUV Aero concept. The most exciting model will be a 5-seater compact SUV – codenamed S201 – which will be launched in 2018. It is expected that the compact SUV will follow the XUV nomenclature and is likely to be called Mahindra XUV300. The vehicle is scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo, which is scheduled to commence in February. Mahindra has already confirmed that this 5-seater compact SUV will be developed on SsangYong Motor’s X100 platform, which also underpins the Tivoli compact SUV. Just to jog your memory, Mahindra had unveiled the Tivoli compact SUV at the 2016 Auto Expo ad reports suggest that the electric version of the car will be launched in India.
If reports are to be believed, Mahindra will launch the compact SUV in two versions – 5- and 7-seater. 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 alter the platform to achieve sub-4 meter length. This compact SUV will go on sale in the second half of 2018. The famous Italian car design house owned by Mahindra, Pininfarina and SsangYong will help the company to design this SUV. It will share most of its 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.
If reports are to be believed, it is the 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
The exact launch details of the compact SUV are yet to be revealed by the automaker. However, Mahindra officials have confirmed that the Mahindra XUV 300 will go on sale in the second half of 2018. The company will unveil the near production version of the SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. 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.
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.
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.