Here we bring you a detailed Review of the much anticipated Mahindra XUV 300.
Compact SUV segment in India is on a boom and has grown at a staggering 23% in 2018. No surprises to sense every automobile manufacturer wants to have a chunk of this high paced compact SUV segment.
Mahindra XUV 300 is scheduled to be launched on 14th Feb. It should be an uphill task for XUV 300 to carve its way in the ever so competitive compact SUV segment.
Based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform, the XUV 300 looks a very exciting prospect.
Let’s further look into details of the Mahindra XUV300.
The Mahindra XUV300 has been developed by the Mahindra Research Valley located in Chennai and will be manufactured completely in Nasik in Maharashtra.
Mahindra XUV 300 has been built on the same X100 platform as Tivoli, and have done a great job to come up with a fresh and a very sophisticated design. The typical vibe of the XUV is carried forward in the design and by every means it is a compliment.
Mahindra has done an exceptional job in providing their customers with an edgy and a proportionate vehicle. The signature Mahindra six-slat grille is neatly placed which further adds to the muscular look of the XUV 300. The fog lamps are placed in a black housing which is connected to the headlamps by small DRL strips.
The 17-inch alloy wheels are smartly done and the chrome and black finish provides the SUV with a crisp look. The rear side is characterised by the sharp-looking tail lamp and integrated spoilers.
Mahindra needed to work on their interiors to rival against its competitors and they have done exceptionally well here. The upholstery is done with white material and the dashboard gets black colour.
Mahindra has recently loaded their SUVs with loads of features and this one is no different. The centre of the dashboard you have a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SUV has both rear and front parking sensors for top variants.
Auto-headlamps and Auto-wipers join the features list in the SUV. Another segment first feature includes sunroof which is pretty large to provide airiness to the cabin.
Mahindra further offers features such as navigation, tyre pressure monitoring system and dual-zone climate control with memory function, but rear ac vents are missing.
From the safety front, the car deserves a special mention. It comes equipped with seven airbags for top-specs variants, three-point seatbelts and height-adjustable head restraints.
Engine and Performance:
The Mahindra XUV 300 is powered by 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. In fact, it is a retuned version of their recently launched Mahindra Marazzo.
The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces a power of 110 bhp and a peak torque of 200 Nm, while the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces same 110 bhp and a peak torque of 300 Nm which happens to be the most powerful diesel engine in the compact SUV segment.
The 6-speed manual gearbox works real smooth and provides with precise shifts. Driving the diesel engine we found the acceleration quick and the car moves really well in the low gears. This will surely be loved by urbanites.
No automatic variant has been announced as of yet.
For the first time, Mahindra has come with three options to choose for the steering wheel. The normal, comfort and sports mode for steering wheel does provide you with sheer riding pleasure.
When launched in 2011, the XUV created its own legacy, which was way beyond everyone’s imagination. People flooded the showrooms and were eager to pay higher bucks to get timely delivery of the XUV 500.
But Mahindra has struggled to make any inroads in the compact SUV segment with their recent launches like Quanto, TUV300 and one more you might hardly remember, the Nuvosport.
But this time it looks like they have learnt from their mistakes and have put their best foot forward with Mahindra XUV300. The SUV will be launched on 14th Feb and will rival against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Breeza, Ford Ecosport and Tata Nexon.
The SUV is expected to be presented at a starting price of 8 lakhs and top variant going around 12 lakhs. The exact pricing will be disclosed on 14th Feb.
The highly stylish and proportionate vehicle seems to tick all the boxes and has the potential to become a leader in a highly competitive compact SUV segment.