82018 Mahindra KUV100
Mahindra KUV100 is the youngest and smallest SUV from the homegrown auto major. It was launched with much hype but despite having potential it couldn’t capitalise on the popularity. However, the brand is working on a facelift version that will come with significant design update compared to the current model and it is expected to boost sales figure for the model. As we have already reported, the all-new Mahindra KUV100 will arrive with cleaner and more stylish design.
The current Mahindra KUV100 incorporates several cuts and creases around the body that certainly gives it a bold and muscular stance, but make the car’s exterior tidy and it didn’t go well with the Indian buyers. This is considered as one of the possible reasons behind the not so successful journey of the micro SUV. Mahindra is trying to change that and give the car an all-new fresh look.
The upcoming model is expected to come with similar front fascia, but there could be an updated appearance enhancing the style further. The aggressiveness that is visible in the current model is likely to be continued. The headlamps too would remain same, but the front bumper likely to come with a revised appearance. At the side profile, it could get significant visible changes like removal of the sharp creases above the fenders. This way the facelifted model will come much cleaner looking.
Rear profile of the micro SUV would remain similar, but there could be an updated bumper. It would get bigger 15-inch alloy wheels instead of 14-inch wheels. Inside the cabin, Mahindra KUV100 offers ample space despite its smaller size. This has become possible thanks to the clever space management of the brand. Expect the same to be there in the upcoming facelift as well. Apart from that, seat and upholstery materials could come improved.
On the powertrain front, the 2018 Mahindra KUV100 would get the same petrol and diesel engines that work in the current model. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and it churns out 82 bhp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 115 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm. The diesel model on the other hand gets power from a 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 turbocharged engine coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and it kicks out 77 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Expect the fuel efficiency to be improved.
Expected Launch: Early 2018
Expected Price: Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)