IAB’s artist Shoeb Kalania has imagined a Mahindra XUV300 Adventure featuring an outdoorsy theme. The illustrated sub-compact SUV sports a unique exterior styling and is purposed for adventure trips, and is an original idea.
The Mahindra XUV300 Adventure carries a wildlife-inspired yellow-black body paint and the wheels, not very different from the colours of a cheetah. The front fascia is distinguished with black grille slats in place of chrome inserts, additional black cladding and a unique lower grille and faux skid plate. For the additional storage space required during trips and adventurous outings, the SUV is equipped with a roof box fitted on a luggage rack and the exclusive alloy wheels are wrapped in off-road tyres.
The Mahindra XUV300 shares the X100 platform and wheelbase (2,600 mm) with the SsangYong Tivoli. Its front-end, thanks to the “cheetah-inspired design” makes it look like a younger sibling of the Mahindra XUV500. At the rear, the wraparound LED combination lamps are reminiscent of the Mahindra Alturas G4. Designers have lifted the interior straight from the South Korean model and made some minor revisions to repurpose it for the Indian market.
Mahindra will likely offer the XUV300 with a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. Initially, both Mahindra engines will send the drive to the wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A pure electric variant is in the works with two different battery options.
M&M will launch the XUV300 in India in the first half of February 2019 aiming for about 20% market share in a segment that does 40,000 units a month. The car will be launched in South Africa right after. It could price the Maruti Vitara Brezza rival from somewhere between INR 7.5-8 lakh (ex-showroom India).