Mahindra KUV100 Trip appeals to fleet operators and features CNG option for the first time; attractive financial offers are also made available
Mahindra has released a statement announcing the launch of a new variant of its micro-SUV, the KUV100. Having received a comprehensive facelift late last year in the form of KUV NXT, the new model targets a different set of buyers as the homegrown manufacturer makes moves to expand the footprint of the vehicle.
Named as KUV100 Trip, it aims at fleet operators and business people as part of Mahindra’s strategy to enter into cab market. The Xylo can be seen used by cab aggregators in large numbers on the Indian roads and the KUV100 Trip is expected to replicate success in that particular segment with its unique abilities.
The Mahindra KUV100 Trip is offered in the regular petrol and diesel mFalcon engine options along with the new petrol/CNG fitment. The CNG variant comes priced at Rs. 5.16 lakh and the diesel KUV100 Trip costs Rs. 5.42 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
With ride-hailing apps creating revolution in the way people travel, automakers are responding to the needs by launching basic variants of existing popular models – Maruti Suzuki Dzire Tour and Hyundai Xcent Prime are the suitable examples.
Mahindra is trying to leverage the advantages of KUV100 into fleet segment as it has high ground clearance and unique layout offering space for six occupants (3+3). The front middle seat can be pulled up and used as an armrest as well. Moreover, the popularity of KUV100 has taken a hit in recent times and this move would likely elevate its sales performance.
With the KUV100 Trip, Mahindra is providing special accessory packages, funding schemes and 5-year extended warranty guarantee making the product attractive for customers. The stripped-down version is sold in two colour schemes namely Diamond White and Dazzling Silver.
Built on a monocoque chassis with transversely mounted engine, the KUV100 derives power from mFalcon G80 petrol and mFalcon D75 diesel engines. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol motor is good enough to produce 82 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque delivered at 3,500 rpm.
The 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder diesel mill kicks out 77 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine comes equipped micro-hybrid with start-stop technology while the oil-burner boasts Eco and Power drive modes.