Mahindra XUV300 likely to be available in CNG as well

15/02/2019 - 13:18 | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Mahindra is offering the XUV300 in petrol and diesel right from launch, and later, it may offer a CNG option as well. This would make it the first model in its segment available with a bi-fuel option.

Mahindra Xuv300 Front Three Quarters
The Mahindra XUV300 is available with two engines that offer the best-in-segment torque but not class-leading efficiency.

At the Mahindra XUV300 launch, IAB queried Rajan Wadhera, President, Mahindra & Mahindra (Automotive), about the possibility of offering a CNG option. He said: "CNG may come but it’ll come little later. It’s a natural part of the evolution,” he added. However, the development of this alternative fuel option has not started. Mahindra currently offers a CNG option in the KUV100, but in only the Trip variant that is targeted at the fleet.

The XUV300 is Mahindra’s first model available with the 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that develops 110 BHP at 5,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 2,000-3,500 rpm. The diesel engine is shared with the Marazzo, and but it comes in a different tuning: 115 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500 rpm. These engines offer the best-in-segment torque. However, with the fuel economy rated at 17 km/l (petrol)/20 km/l (diesel), they don’t make the SUV the most frugal model in its segment, and the company said that was deliberate to give users a thrilling driving performance.

Future additions to the Mahindra XUV300 will include an AMT option. Currently, a 6-speed manual transmission is standard. Wadhera has confirmed that an AMT option is arriving shortly. Reports suggest that after the BSVI upgrade next year, a torque converter automatic transmission will replace this AMT. Moreover, a pure electric variant is also in the works, and the company expects it to be ready for launch in the second half of 2020.

Mahindra Xuv300 Rear Live Image
Mahindra will launch an AMT option for the XUV300 soon, while an EV variant is confirmed for H2 2020.

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Mahindra has priced the XUV300 from INR 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom India). The Maruti Vitara Brezza rival is available in eight different configurations, with prices going up to INR 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom India).

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