Mahindra & Mahindra showcased its mStallion petrol engine range at the recently-concluded Auto Expo. The lineup includes a 1.2L, a 1.5L and a 2.0L T-GDI (turbocharged – Gasoline Direct Injection) motor. The 1.2L, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine will debut on the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz in April, 2020. The same powertrain will also be used in the new-generation Ford EcoSport that’s due for early 2021.
The Mahindra XUV300 Sportz with mStallion motor will become the most powerful petrol vehicle in its segment. The new direct injection, turbo gasoline unit pushes out a peak power of 130bhp and 230Nm of torque. This will make it 20bhp more powerful and 30Nm torqueier than the existing BS6-compliant XUV300.
Compared to the Hyundai Venue turbo petrol that makes 120bhp, the XUV300 Sportz will be 10bhp more powerful. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 6-speed manual gearbox. The XUV300 Sportz will be sold alongside the regular XUV300 that comes with 1.2L turbo petrol and a 1.5L diesel engine option. Read: Mahindra XUV300 Beats Nexon; Gets Global NCAP’s ‘Safer Choice’ Award
The new body graphics with ‘Sportz’ lettering on the front doors and the red-finished front brake calipers distinguish the Mahindra XUV300 Sportz from the standard model. The sporty theme continues inside the cabin as well. The vehicle has all-black interior with contrasting red stitching on the seats and red highlights on the dashboard.
The home-grown carmaker has already confirmed that its new mStallion petrol engines will introduced on the entire product lineup. The bigger capacity 2.0L petrol motor will be used in the new-generation Mahindra Scorpio and XUV500 along with the Ford’s upcoming C-SUV. The 1.5L petrol unit is likely to power the Marazzo MPV.
Mahindra will also bring in the electric iteration of the XUV300 that’s slated to go on sale in late 2021. Previewed at the 2020 Auto Expo, the Mahindra XUV300 EV will be the brand’s first production model designed on the Made-in-India MESA platform. It’s claimed to deliver an electric range of over 370km, which is more than the Nexon EV.
Mahindra XUV300 EV First Look Video