It emerged in September that the Mahindra TUV300 is to get its mid-life update in 2019. In line with this news, a heavily camouflaged test mule was caught on tape last month. This week, IAB reader Harini TR has spotted a prototype in Chennai.
While camouflaging restricts us from observing the finer details, it becomes quite clear that the updated model receives a new spare wheel cover. Other changes could include new design alloy wheels and a different lighting setup. The interior will gain a touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto. The new X-shaped spare wheel cover comes from the Endurance edition that was put on display at the Auto Expo 2016.
Styling revisions aside, the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 will reportedly gain a more robust body structure in adherence with the stricter crash safety norms that come into effect on 1 April 2019. The updated model will likely feature an upgraded motor to comply with the BSVI emission norms that come into force on 1 April 2020.
Presently, the Mahindra TUV300 draws power from a 1.5-litre mHawk100 four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine outputs a maximum power of 100 bhp along with a peak torque of 240 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed AMT. Dual front airbags and ABS with EBD are a part of the standard equipment list across all the trims. The updated model will additionally offer front seatbelt reminder (SBR), reverse parking sensors, speed alert warning system, speed-sensing automatic door lock and impact-sensing door unlock to attain compliance with the new safety regulations.
With an average monthly sale of 1,951 units*, the TUV300 is nowhere as popular as the segment-leader Maruti Vitara Brezza (14,009 units). That said, the updates introduced with the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 (facelift) should energise the popularity of the sub-4-metre offering.
*between May 2018 to October 2018