5 things we know about the Mahindra TUV300 – IAB Picks

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Post the buzz around the Hyundai Creta and the Maruti S-Cross, the Mahindra TUV300 (Mahindra TUV3OO) is set to be the next sensation in the compact SUV segment. Here are the top 5 things we know about Mahindra’s latest entrant in this segment:

1. Battle-tank inspired design:

Mahindra TUV300 (Mahindra TUV3OO)

For design inspiration, Mahindra’s designers looked towards the battle tank, and have given the TUV300 a rugged, yet old-school SUV design. Mahindra’s executive director and president of automotive and farm equipments sector, Dr. Pawan Goenka, told reporters that the TUV300 will be a “true blue” SUV and not a crossover.

2. All-new mHawk80 diesel engine:

Mahindra TUV300 mHawk 80 engine (Mahindra TUV3OO mHawk 80 engine))

Mahindra has confirmed the TUV300 to get a new diesel engine called ‘mHawk80’, with “superior” levels of refinement and NVH. This engine is likely to be a 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit, and would be paired to manual and automated manual transmissions.

3. 4WD will not be offered initially:

Mahindra TUV300 side sketch (Mahindra TUV3OO side sketch)

The TUV300’s platform (likely a hydroformed ladder-frame platform) will support a 4WD system, however, this technology will not be offered on the vehicle at the time of its launch, Mahindra confirmed. Mahindra could introduce a 4WD variant of the TUV300 later on in its lifecycle if customers are willing to shell out extra for it.

4. TUV300 be a global product:

Mahindra TUV300 sketch released (Mahindra TUV3OO sketch released)

Mahindra confirmed that it will manufacture the TUV300 at its Chakan plant in both right- and left-hand drive configurations. Mahindra recently entered the private car market in Philippines (a left-hand drive market) which could be one of the several export countries earmarked for the TUV300.

5. Market launch in 6 weeks:

Mahindra U301 front three quarters spied testing in Chennai October 2014
The TUV300 will be manufactured at the Chakan plant.

The market launch of the TUV300 will take place in six weeks from now, (mid-September) the company confirmed. With a high-degree of localization and a sub-4 meter length, the TUV300 is expected to rival the Ford EcoSport on price.

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