Mahindra has been known as the largest SUV maker of India. In recent times the Mumbai based automaker has been taking an aggressive strategy, which has seen the introduction of vehicles like Mahindra TUV300, Mahindra KUV100. Each of them comes with some unique characteristics. The latest introduction from the automaker is the Mahindra NuvoSport. Although it is an all new car, but basically NuvoSport is the restyled and rebadged version of the Mahindra Quanto, which was their first compact SUV in the highly competitive segment but couldn’t get the company desired sales figure.
Now with the new NuvoSport Mahindra is attempting to revive the Quanto. No wonder entering in such a steep competitive segment of Indian market NuvoSport will tough competition from many compact SUVs, but one of them will be its sibling Mahindra TUV300, which is already an established model in the country. Let’s take a look, how these two cars stand against each other.
Mahindra NuvoSport vs Mahindra TUV300: Design
Mahindra NuvoSport looks way much better than its predecessor Quanto. It gets a vertically slated grille which looks aggressive and stylish at the same time. The headlamps come sharp with eyebrow like LED daytime running lights above the headlamps. The lower front bumper also gets redesigning touch.
It gets a large air intake featuring honeycomb pattern grille, skid plates. The side profile gets side body cladding, sporty alloy wheels, sharp creases running through the doors, blackened glass area. The rear profile seems similar to the Quanto although. Overall the NuvoSport comes with a taller stance.
Talk about Mahindra TUV300, the car was claimed to have designed with inspiration from battle tank. It looks much more aggressive than its sibling NuvoSport. TUV300 sports an angry look in short. The car gets teeth like front grille which looks rugged. It also gets sharp and larger headlamp clusters, higher front nose, raised shoulders, rectangular fog lamps and chrome embellishment at the front fascia.
The side profile square shaped wheel arches, sharp creases, blackened B pillars, roof rails, flat roof and foot board. The rear also sports the same aggressiveness which can be seen at front.
Dimensionally speaking, Mahindra NuvoSport comes 3998 mm long, 1850 mm wide and 1895 mm tall. It also gets 2760 mm of wheelbase and 180 mm of ground clearance. On the other hand Mahindra TUV300, It gets 3995 mm of length, 1835 mm of width and 1839 mm of height. TUV300 comes with 190 mm of ground clearance and a wheelbase of 2680 mm.
Mahindra NuvoSport gets a redesigned cabin as well, which might get a new multifunction steering wheel, redesigned dashboard, classy centre console with infotainment system with monochrome display. It also have seven person seating arrangement inside the cabin.
On the other hand, the cabin of the Mahindra TUV300 gets a dual tone theme, which sports three spoke steering wheel with audio and telephony controls mounted on it, a dual pod instrument console, a hexagonal centre console featuring 2 DIN infotainment system with monochrome display, Voice Messaging System (VMS), Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX connectivity and Mahindra Bluesense. Mahindra TUV300 also sports follow me home and lead me to vehicle headlamps.
Mahindra NuvoSport comes available in diesel variants which is a 1.5 litre three cylinder unit which will churn out around 100 bhp of peak power and 240 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duty will be done by a five speed manual gearbox, while the top two spec trim comes with AMT as well.
Mahindra TUV300 on the other hand is powered by a 1.5 litre mHawk 80 diesel engine which gets mated to a five speed manual transmission and churns out 84 bhp peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque. The TUV300 also gets an AMT variant which produces 81 bhp peak power and 230 Nm of peak torque.
Mahindra NuvoSport is priced between Rs. 7.35 lakh to Rs. 9.76 lakh, while the Mahindra TUV300 is priced between Rs. 7.1 lakh to Rs. 9.3 lakh.
Mahindra NuvoSport vs Mahindra TUV300: Comparison Conclusion
Mahindra TUV300 is an already established compact SUV in Indian market, which has garnered much appreciation from customers for its aggressive design, features and performance. While the Quanto couldn’t make any impact on Indian customers. This is why the Indian SUV specialist has rebadged the redesigned Quanto as NuvoSport. But the question remains, how successful this car will be in such a tough competitive and congested market.