Mahindra XUV300 facelift is expected to go on sale early next year with big revisions inside and out
Mahindra & Mahindra has been testing as many as three new models on public roads. Over the last several months, the spy images of the Mahindra Bolero Neo Plus have been caught on a regular basis while the prototypes of the facelifted XUV300 and the BE.05 electric SUV have also been spotted hinting that their launch is on the cards as well.
Earlier this year, the homegrown SUV maker introduced the XUV400 electric SUV in India. The five-door version of the Mahindra Thar is undoubtedly the most anticipated of the bunch and it will be launched early next year. Around the same time, Mahindra is also expected to bring in the updated XUV300 compact SUV with exterior and interior revisions.
The test mules appear to have been in their initial stages of testing and due to the heavy wrap all around, we can expect substantial changes mainly on the cosmetic front. The exterior of the 2024 Mahindra XUV300 comprises a different headlamp cluster and it could be influenced by the upcoming range of XUV.e vehicles and the existing XUV700.
It could be incorporated with C-shaped LED headlights, a new twin-part front grille, a wider air inlet, new tail lamps with a different LED signature, relocated number plate housing, a tweaked tailgate, revised front and rear bumpers, a set of newly designed alloy wheels, etc. However, the side profile could largely remain identical.
We do not expect any dimensional changes but repackaging could increase the bootspace – the size of which is an Achilles heel for the existing XUV300. The obsolete interior should get big updates considering the advancements its competitors have made over the years. A larger touchscreen infotainment system, new dashboard and centre console, digital cluster, etc can be expected.
The equipment list should get new features and technologies borrowing bits from the XUV700 to take the fight firmly to rivals. Performance is one of the strong points of the Mahindra XUV300 and thus we won’t be surprised if the existing 1.2L turbo petrol and the 1.5L diesel engines are retained. There might be changes to the transmission options.