Mahindra has started accepting pre-bookings for the XUV300. Early birds can simply visit Mahindra SyouV website and deposit INR 20,000 to pre-order their SUV.
The XUV300 is Mahindra’s yet another attempt at the sub-4 metre SUV space, following the Quanto (2012) and the TUV300 (2015). This time, the product is pitted directly against modern sub-compact SUVs, namely the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon. Unlike the other two models, this one has a car-like monocoque construction.
The Mahindra XUV300 sits on the same platform as the SsangYong Tivoli - X100. While the sides, despite the reduced length, and the interior may resemble the South Korean SUV, the engine line-up is completely different. Customers get to select between a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine with class-leading torque figures. The former is an all-new engine, while the latter is already on duty in the Mahindra Marazzo. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for now, but an AMT is on the way.
On the outside, the Mahindra XUV300 features projector headlamps, dual-LED DRLs, 17-inch alloy wheels and LED tail lamps. Interior highlights include sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery and cruise control.
The safety package of the Mahindra XUV300 will include some high-end features, such as (segment-first) four-wheel disc brakes, ESP and (segment-first) seven airbags.
Mahindra will launch the XUV300 in India on 15 February 2019 and then soon in South Africa. In the domestic market, the prices will likely start between INR 7.5-8 lakh (ex-showroom).