The Mahindra XUV300 looks all set to become the most feature-laden offering in the overall sub-4-metre segment. Surprisingly, however, the Mahindra XUV300 misses out on a handful of features that would have made the new model simply irresistible. Here is a look at 5 features that are jobs for the facelift -
The Mahindra XUV300 features projector headlamps with unconventional LED DRLs that extend till the fog lamps. While the lighting system of the new offering should suffice in most usage conditions, the company could have offered full LED headlamps, like the ones found on the top-spec Honda City, to help the XUV300 enjoy an edge over its immediate rivals. Perhaps it is reserved for a special edition?
The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli's X100 platform. In fact, at 2.6-metres, its wheelbase is identical to that of the South Korean donor. In spite of this, however, it's pretty much for sure that the boot space offered by the Mahindra XUV300 falls well short of the 455-litres of the Tivoli. While the South Korean SUV measures 4,195 mm in length, the XUV300 is a sub-4-metre model with a much shorter rear overhang.
All Wheel Drive
The Ssangyong Tivoli offers an advanced two-mode 4x4 system on the high-spec trims but the Mahindra XUV300, like its competitors, will be a strict FWD offering. The company has decided to stay away from introducing an off-road-ready version of its latest compact SUV owing to the weak demand for 4WD-equipped SUVs - they cost a lot to maintain and have a negative effect on fuel economy.
M&M claims that the XUV300 will enjoy the highest torque in its class, which clearly hints at the high outputs of its 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The company has further revealed that both the Mahindra-made motors will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, however, an automatic variant is not on the company's immediate plans. An official sketch of the interior does reveal the new model's AMT gear lever, but it's definitely at least a few months away from introduction.
Rear AC vents
While the Mahindra XUV300 will become the only model in its segment to offer dual-zone climate control, it's very likely to miss out on the rear AC vents. We await an official word on this, but the aforementioned interior design sketch showed that the rear portion of the front centre armrest not featuring dedicated vents for the back seat.