The Mahindra XUV300 has received phenomenal response among customers and resultantly there is a long waiting period on all variants
On Valentine’s Day, Mahindra & Mahindra introduced the much-awaited XUV300 in the domestic market with prices starting from Rs. 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The newest attempt at grabbing a big pile of sales in the sub-four-metre SUV space has indeed helped Mahindra.
In just 45 days of its debut, Mahindra retailed more than 9,200 units of the XUV300. The good initial demand has led to long waiting periods for the model across the country. It is important to note that the XUV300 got the better of Ford EcoSport, WR-V in its first two months.
The monocoque SUV’s price range might have caused some varying opinions but Mahindra has stuffed features into it since the entry-level W4 grade. Moreover, the XUV300 comes with several segment-first features including dual-zone automatic climate control system, seven airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, heated wing mirrors and so on.
It is based on the X100 platform that also underpins SsangYong’s globally popular Tivoli. The XUV300 offers the torquiest petrol and diesel powertrains in its segment but both are connected to only a six-speed manual transmission. In order to stay closer to its rivals, an AMT will be added to the lineup soon and it has already been spotted running trials.
Reports suggest that the AMT will be initially sourced from Magneti Marelli before a torque converter automatic unit from Aisin replacing it following BSVI emission norms’ implementation. It could cost around Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 in addition to the existing variants.
The largest passenger UV maker in the country is also working on launching the electrified XUV300 in the second half of next year and it could be sold in two battery configurations – one is more accessible to customers and the other with higher driving range. It will have a better battery pack compared to the eVerito with a higher rating.