The features list of the entry level Mahindra XUV300 has been partially revealed along with the variant nomenclature for the Maruti Vitara Brezza rivalling SUV
The Mahindra XUV300, which will become its company’s newest entrant in the sub-4-metre SUV segment that currently comprises Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and Ford EcoSport, will be launched in the first half of February 2019. Bookings for the new model have already started, and the company has even revealed the variant nomenclature for its latest model.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be launched in four variants – W4, W6, W8 and W8(O). As per the company, all variants of the Maruti Vitara Brezza rivalling SUV will feature all four power windows, disc brakes on all four wheels, 6-speed manual transmission, dual front airbags, ABS, and LED tail lamps. The equipment list of the top-spec model will include front and rear parking sensors, seven airbags, touchscreen infotainment uni, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The company had earlier said that the Mahindra XUV300 would be available with both petrol and diesel engine options with best-in-class torque outputs. In a new development, the company has gone ahead and revealed the torque outputs of the two motors. The petrol engine will offer 200 Nm, which is equivalent to what the diesel engine of the Maruti Vitara Brezza offers.
The diesel motor will output 300 Nm, which is even higher than the 260 Nm delivered by the 1.6-litre diesel engine option of the Hyundai Creta. This is the same diesel engine that powers the Marazzo and outputs a healthy 300 Nm. For now, the only transmission option will be that of the 6-speed manual gearbox, but an AMT could be very well on the cards.
The petrol engine will displace 1.2-litre and should offer more than 100 PS. Here, again, the transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual unit, but the fast-growing demand for automatic cars should push the company to come up with an automatic option, which, in most probability, will be an AMT unit. None of the variants of the Mahindra XUV300 will feature a 4wd setup.
Underpinning the Mahindra XUV300 will be the X100 platform from the Ssangyong Tivoli. This architecture has won several awards for the high safety it offers, and the same should benefit the company’s new Maruti Vitara Brezza rival. It should also offer a good balance between ride and handling.