Mahindra TUV300 XL (Mahindra TUV500)
Dhruv Saxena, Mechanical engineer trying to find his place in the world of automobile journalism.
A long wheelbase version of the Mahindra TUV300 is currently under development as evident from the spy shots that have been popping up quite regularly since December 2016. While Mahindra is yet to announce its plans for the long wheelbase TUV300 variant or, as the media calls it, TUV500, expect the launch to take place sometime in the first half of 2017. Read on for details on the upcoming Mahindra TUV300 XL launch and other details.
Mahindra TUV500 (TUV300 XL) Overview
Although most media outlets are calling the upcoming SUV as TUV500 or TUV300 XL, the official name is yet to be announced. The SUV will be longer than 4 meters and would slot between the TUV300 and the Scorpio. It could very well be the replacement for aging Xylo and target the taxi market, while the upcoming U321 MPV will cater to private car buyers looking for something more premium.
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Launch Date
|Model Name||Launch Date|
|Mahindra TUV500 (TUV300 XL)||First Half 2018|
While Mahindra has announced launch plans for the Scorpio, XUV500 and KUV100 facelifts and the U321 and S201, it is yet to shed any light on Mahindra TUV500 launch details. Images of camouflaged units undergoing testing have been in circulation since December last year, but there is no concrete information regarding its launch yet.
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Price
|Variant||Ex-Showroom Price (Estimated)|
|Base Model||Rs. 8.80 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs. 11.00 lakh|
According to estimates, the TUV500 could cost around Rs. 80,000 – 1,00,000 more than the TUV300. There are other factors that will dictate the price of the upcoming Mahindra SUV such as the engine that will power the car and its positioning in Mahindra’s lineup.
Rivals of the TUV500 will include –
- Honda BR-V
- Hyundai Creta
- Renault Duster
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Specifications
|Mahindra TUV500 Specifications (expected)|
|Engine||2.2 L mHawk Diesel|
|Estimated Mileage||15-16 KMPL|
As the TUV500 will be more than 4 meters long, Mahindra will have the freedom to use the bigger 2.2 L mHawk powertrain. According to a report from January 2017, the upcoming SUV will get the Scorpio’s 2,179 cc engine and not the 1,493 cc mHawk100 that powers the TUV300. A 5-speed manual transmission option is expected to be offered as standard.
Mahindra TUV300 XL Mileage
|Variant||Estimated Overall Fuel Efficiency|
Any plans to equip the TUV300 XL with mild hybrid tech might have been shelved as under the GST bill hybrids have been placed in the highest tax slab and there are no incentives.
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Design
The upcoming 7 seat SUV has been spied on several occasions and these images reveal a front fascia identical to the TUV300. In fact, much of the exterior up until the C-pillar seems to be identical to the TUV300’s tank-inspired design. The tail has been extended to accommodate a third row of seats, which will make the TUV300 XL a proper seven seater. Rear angle reveals a slightly more raked windshield as compared to the donor car. From the looks of the test mules, the longer version of the TUV300 will retain the tail gate mounted spare wheel.
The cabin of the test mules did not carry any camouflage indicating the dashboard design will be identical to the TUV300. It gets a hexagonal centre console with an infotainment system that supports USB, AUX and Bluetooth. This 2-DIN unit may be replaced by a touchscreen in the top-end variants. Unlike the TUV300, which has jump seats behind the second row, the upcoming model will get a front facing third row of seats. Top-end variants might get captain seats in the second row. Air conditioning vents for all three rows are also likely to be present the cabin of the Mahindra TUV500.
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Features
Based on what Mahindra offers on the TUV300 and current industry standards, following might populate the TUV500’s features list
- Bold grille with chrome inserts
- Static bending headlamps
- 15 or 16 inch alloy wheels
- Squared off wheel arches
- Tail gate mounted spare wheel
- Manual air conditioning
- Touchscreen AVN
- Seating for 6-7
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Electrically adjustable ORVMs with electric fold function
- Reverse parking camera
- Will aim for a high Bharat NCAP safety rating
- Dual front airbags
- ABS with EBD
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage points
Mahindra TUV300 XL aka TUV500 Engine and Transmission Options
- 2.2 L mHawk Diesel with 5-speed Manual or 6-speed Automatic
Since Mahindra does not have to adhere to the sub 4 meter compact car regulations, the probability of the TUV500 getting the Scorpio’s 2.2 L diesel engine is higher. We will have more details on the specifications of the upcoming SUV closer to its launch.
Mahindra TUV300 XL Dimensions
|Length x Width x Height (estimated)||4,250 x 1835 x 1839 mm|
|Wheelbase (estimated)||2680 mm|
|Wheel Type and Size (estimated)||15 or 16 inch alloys|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (estimated)||60 litres|
The TUV500 or TUV300 XL is longer than the TUV300, it seems to have the same width and wheelbase. The Figures mentioned above are estimates.
Mahindra TUV500 Spy Shots – Image Gallery
Mahindra TUV300 XL (TUV500) Preview
Product Name: Mahindra TUV300 XL (TUV500)
Product Description: Extended version of the TUV300 to house an extra front facing row of seats with a larger displacement engine.
Mahindra is currently working on an extended variant of the TUV300. The extra length will help accommodate a third row of seats. It is also expected to get the Scorpio's 2.2 L mHawk diesel engine.