The first spy shots of the Mahindra XUV300 AMT have surfaced online, courtesy carandbike. Its launch will take place in a few months, the company has confirmed.
In the past, Mahindra has sourced AMT from UK-based Ricardo. For the XUV300, though, reports say that it has decided to source AMT from Italy-based Magneti Marelli. It will likely be a 6-speed unit.
Speaking on the launch timeline of the AMT option earlier this week, Rajan Wadhera, President, Mahindra & Mahindra (Automotive), said: “The automatic product (AMT) is in the works, and it will be launched shortly.” He also confirmed that the company would offer this option in both petrol and diesel engine models.
Reports say that Mahindra will introduce the AMT option as only a temporary solution. With the BSVI upgrade in 2020, the company will replace the Magneti Marelli-made AMT with an Aisin-sourced torque converter automatic transmission, also likely a 6-speed unit.
Currently, the Mahindra XUV300 is available with the all-new G12 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and the D15 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, both married to a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine produces 85.8 kW (110 BHP) at 3,750 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500 rpm. The diesel engine develops 81 kW (115 BHP) at 3,750 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500 rpm. The fuel economy rating of the B-SUV is 17 km/l (petrol)/20 km/l (diesel).
Prices of the Mahindra XUV300 start at INR 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom India) and go up to INR 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom India). The new sub-4 metre SUV competes with the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon.
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