Mahindra is working on a 7-seat version of the TUV300 Plus, suggests a new report from mint. The launch will take place in 2019.
The original Mahindra TUV300, which hit the domestic market two years back, is a 7-seat model as standard. However, it has jump seats for the two additional passengers, not a conventional bench. The 9-seat Plus version that followed this June also gets jump seats.
Citing an undisclosed source, the business publication says that “a seven-seater version of the TUV 300” is under development, but it’s safe to assume that it’s referring to a 7-seat TUV 300 Plus with a forward-facin third row. This setup will offer extra width for the storage compartment and other big items behind the seats. The third-row bench may feature head restraints for more comfort.
The 7-seat Mahindra TUV300 Plus may come with the same 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine as the 9-seat version. This engine produces 88 kW (120 hp) at 4,000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1,800-2,800 rpm. It sends power to the rear wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
The Mahindra TUV300 Plus 7-seater may have the same features as the 9-seater, but it may command a premium pricing for the higher seating comfort. The latter is available in three grades, with prices ranging starting at INR 9,59,001 (ex-showroom Delhi).