Mahindra TUV300 exports to begin in about a year from now – Report
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Currently working on the left-hand-drive version.
According to Autocar Professional, the Mahindra TUV300 (codenamed U301) will be exported to markets across the globe in about a year from now.
At the unveiling, Mahindra said that it is working on a left-hand drive version for the mini SUV. New petrol engine options that also meet strict emission norms of overseas markets, are nearing their launch, for this application.
Mahindra’s main export markets are Sri Lanka, South Africa, Chile, Nepal, Tunisia, and Australia.
The Mahindra TUV300’s design is inspired by a “battle tank”, which explains the boxy proportions of the sketches (as well as the test mules). Mahindra has also sought help from Italian design house Pininfarina (a company they’ve reportedly been trying to acquire) for the design of the TUV300, which is based on a new ladder-frame platform.
It will pack a new-generation diesel engine called the ‘mHawk80′. The turbocharged mHawk80 has superior NVH levels and performance than the current 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine used in the Quanto.
The Mahindra TUV300 will launch in India in the middle of September. It will be sold alongside the Mahindra Bolero, as the company dismissed reports that the TUV300 would succeed the hot-selling utility vehicle.
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[Source: Autocar Professional]