Facebook Honest Auto Tech has posted images of a Mahindra XUV300 W8 that is on display at a Central mall. Last week, IAB reader Mayur Patil had spotted a demo and few other units in Nashik, on their way to a dealership. The new sub-compact SUV will go on sale on 14 February.
The XUV300 is Mahindra’s only all-new model planned this year. Developed on the platform as the SsangYong Tivoli, it is pitted directly against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. It isn’t a replacement for the TUV300 frame-based SUV.
Mahindra has started accepting pre-orders for the XUV300 for an amount of INR 20,000, on mahindrasyouv.com and at dealerships. The company will offer a choice of four equipment lines: W4, W6, W8 and W8 (O) and six exterior colour options: Red Rage, Sun Burst Orange, Pearl White, Napoli Black, Dsat Silver and Aquamarine.
On the outside, the Mahindra XUV300 features projector headlamps, dual LED DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED tail lamps. Sunroof, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and cruise control are some of the interior highlights of the sub-compact SUV.
On the safety front, Mahindra equips the XUV300 with four-wheel disc brakes, ESP, seven airbags, reverse parking camera and more. Expect dual-front airbags, reverse parking sensors, speed alert system and front SBR as standard.
The engine options of the Mahindra XUV300 include a newly-developed 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit and the Mahindra Marazzo's 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel unit. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard. The engines produce class-leading torque but miss out on an AMT.
The starting price of the Mahindra XUV300 may fall between INR 7.5-8 lakh (ex-showroom). Exports will commence soon after, with South Africa as the first port of call, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD, Mahindra & Mahindra confirmed to IAB at the name reveal event last month.
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