Mahindra XUV 300 EV could come with two different battery packs and the launch will likely take place by the middle of next year
Mahindra will launch the XUV 300 on February 14 in India and the company confirmed last year that the EV variant of XUV 300 is in the pipeline. The XUV 300 EV might be launched by the middle of 2020 in India and the electric variant’s design is similar to the regular model but the company will make some minor changes to differentiate both models.
IndianAutosBlog has rendered the upcoming XUV 300 EV production model. The XUV 300 EV gets a new design for the front grille and it is a closed-off type to reduce drag as there is no engine in the front. The company might also give blue LED DRL at the front to make it stand out.
The alloy wheels also gets a new design theme and we could expect the 17-inch wheel size to be retained. The rear continues with the same LED tail lamps and the bumper. We can expect Mahindra to offer different colour options for the EV models. The interior design will be carried over but the instrument cluster might get some changes.
Earlier reports have indicated that the company is developing a new EV powertrain, which is better than the current one they use in e-Verito. Mahindra might offer two different powertrain options and the top-spec model could come with a 380-volt system, which is jointly developed by SsangYong and Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd.
This battery pack could offer around 250 km range for the XUV 300 EV and 0-100 kmph in just 11 seconds while the top speed will be around 160 kmph. Like most of the modern cars, the company could offer fast charging also and the battery pack might be stored under the seats which will lower the centre of gravity.
The XUV 300 EV customers could get incentives from the government as part of the new FAME-II scheme, which is expected to be introduced soon. The government is also working towards increasing charging stations across the country as it is the biggest roadblock for the EV industry. Mahindra is also planning to launch EV variant of KUV 100 in India earmarked for this year.