Mahindra recently conducted the internal launch of the XUV300 at Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai. The company will hold the commercial launch of the new sub-compact SUV on 14 February 2019.
The XUV300 is Mahindra’s latest attempt against B-SUVs Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. It shares the X100 platform with the SsangYong Tivoli. Compared to the South Korean offering, it is much smaller, as Mahindra had to curb its length to 4 metres to avoid higher taxes. The front and rear fascias are completely different.
Mahindra will sell the XUV300 in W4, W6 and W8 grades, and also an optional pack for the range-topping grade. The company has equipped its latest monocoque SUV with a number of premium features, some of which are first in the segment. Dual-zone automatic climate control, seven airbags, four disc brakes, dual LED DRLs, projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, start-stop system, electric sunroof and leatherette seats are some of the main features of the new B-SUV.
There are two engine options of the XUV300: 1.2L petrol and 1.5L diesel. The former is a newly developed turbocharged three-cylinder unit, while the latter is the turbocharged four-cylinder unit of the Marazzo. The maximum torque delivered by these engines is 200 Nm and 300 Nm respectively. A 6-speed manual transmission sends drive to the wheels. An AMT option is in the making for a phased launch.
Prices of the Mahindra XUV300 will likely start somewhere between INR 7.5-8.0 lakh (ex-showroom). Its production takes place in Nashik, Maharashtra.