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Indian rally legend and Team Mahindra Adventure’s driver Gaurav Gill has posted an image on his Instagram account showing the Mahindra XUV300 in the metal for the first time. The picture was taken during the car’s ad shoot.
The Mahindra XUV300 is a product pitched directly against monocoque sub-4 metre SUVs Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford EcoSport. More polished and technologically advanced than the Mahindra TUV300, it sits on the X100 platform of the SsangYong Tivoli. With its “cheetah-inspired design”, it carries forward the characteristics of the Mahindra XUV500.
At the front, the Mahindra XUV300 features projector headlamps, dual-LED DRLs that flow down onto the bumper to merge with the fog lamp housing, small radiator vent with chrome inserts positioned to resemble the six-slot grille and a large lower air intake garnished with chrome strips. On the sides, the small SUV flaunts pronounced wheel arches, 17-inch machined alloy wheels and blacked-out pillars.
At the rear, the full-LED tail lamps are reminiscent of the Mahindra Alturas G4. The dual-tone interior is almost the same as that of the SsangYong Tivoli.
Mahindra will offer the XUV300 with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Both engines will send the drive to the front wheels via a standard 6-speed manual transmission. An AMT option, teased at the digital reveal, will likely follow a few months later.
Mahindra will launch the XUV300 in India in the first half of February 2019, and then in South Africa soon after. It will manufacture the new SUV at the Nasik plant in Maharashtra.