The Mahindra TUV300 subcompact SUV was launched in India last September and is now sold at a starting price tag of Rs. 7.37 lakh for the base variant and Rs. 9.64 lakh for the range-topping model (ex-showroom, Delhi price). It is offered in T4, T6 and T8 variants stretching up to seven trims and powering the second sub-four metre product from the largest Indian SUV manufacturer’s stable is a mHawk diesel unit with two transmission options.
The Mahindra TUV300 T6 Plus AMT and T8 AMT variants are the only two automatic offerings while the T4, T4 Plus, T6, T6 Plus and T8 versions transfer power to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox. The seven-seater derives power from the new 1.5-litre inline three-cylinder mHawk80 turbocharged diesel motor which is capable of generating a power output of 84 PS at 3,750 rpm and 230 Nm of peak torque delivered at 1,500 rpm. The five-speed manual and five-speed Autoshift AMT variants have a similar ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 18.49 km per litre.
The tall-riding SUV recorded its highest ever sales of 4,551 units in October 2015 and since then its popularity has slowly dwindled due to the arrival of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the subsequent slash down of price for the Ford EcoSport. Mahindra and Mahindra seems to have responded quickly to address the drop in sales as the company will try to eradicate the customers’ moaning that the TUV300 is an under-powered SUV.
Mahindra has decided to add the diesel powerplant introduced in the recently launched Nuvosport, the facelifted version of the Quanto, to the current line-up of the TUV300 to make it 15 PS more powerful with increased efficiency. No installation problems will likely be encountered as it’s the same 1.5-litre diesel engine uprated to produce a power of 100 PS at 3,750 rpm and 240 Nm of peak torque between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm.
Moreover, the Nuvosport’s mill, dubbed as mHawk100, also has Sports and Eco driving modes – 72.3 bhp and 180 Nm torque are generated in the latter mode. The new engine is expected to deliver 17.45 kmpl of rated fuel economy on the TUV300 as well as seen on the Nuvosport. Compared to the regular versions, the 100 PS TUV300 could come at Rs. 40,000 premium.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has 1.3-litre 90 PS diesel and the Ford EcoSport diesel versions pump out 100 PS and 205 Nm torque. Therefore, on paper, the 100 PS TUV300 will be quite appealing for the buyers. With the new diesel engine, Mahindra will resolve an issue that TUV300 is the slowest to 100 kmph from standstill at 19.52 seconds as it weighs over 1.6 tonnes whilst improving the highway driveability. But, since the Nuvosport and TUV300 will have the same engines with similar price brackets, the company has been put under all sorts of bother.