Mahindra is undoubtedly the biggest SUV manufacturer in the country and it has a strong hold in the Indian SUV market. The brand is presently aiming to roll out couple of more SUVs that will come with contemporary fresh design and upmarket features compared to the current crop of Mahindra cars. In order to make these cars, Mahindra is taking help from its South Korean subsidiary SsangYong and famous Italian design house Pininfarina, which was acquired by the homegrown auto major few months back.
One of the upcoming products from the automaker is XUV300, based on the SsangYong Tivoli. It shares the X100 platform which underpins SsangYong’s popular car Tivoli. Expect the XUV300 to make debut at the 2018 New Delhi Auto Expo and it will be positioned under Mahindra’s current flagship model XUV500. This SUV will come bearing Mahindra signature styling and will take design cue from the XUV500.
Up front, this SUV will sport a heavily chrome garnished aggressive looking radiator grille with vertical slats. The sharp headlamps will sport projector lamps and integrated LED daytime running lights with pearl string ling design. The front bumper will appear muscular and bold looking incorporating a large air intake, rectangular fog lamps at both ends.
There will be a skid plate emphasising on the toughness of the SUV. At the side profile, it would get sporty alloy wheels, chrome finished door handles, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area and flared fenders. Rear too is likely to draw inspiration from XUV500 and sport vertically positioned taillights, a roof spoiler and chunky bumper. Interior of this SUV is likely to sport a premium vibe with touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, upmarket quality seat and upholstery materials.
Power source for the Mahindra XUV300 would be a 1.5-litre TGDi petrol engine and there would be a 2.0-litre mHawk diesel engine as well. The petrol engine would churn out power output between 90 bhp and 120 bhp, while torque output would be between 130 Nm and 150 Nm. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is capable of pumping out 140 bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. Also, there would be a 84 bhp generating 1.5-litre diesel engine as well developed in collaboration with SsangYong. Transmission options will include a 5-speed MT, a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed automatic gearbox as well.
Expected Launch: 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 8.75 lakh – Rs. 14.5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)