Out of three attempts by Mahindra at the lucrative sub-4m SUV segment, only the TUV300 managed to bring in consistently decent sales volume. The ladder-frame mini SUV has been clocking an average monthly sales of around 2,000 units of late and that is not a bad number compared to other models in Mahindra’s portfolio.
The automaker recently lost its leadership in the UV market to Maruti Suzuki which only has two crossover SUVs (Vitara Brezza and S-Cross) in its lineup. In addition to the recently launched Alturas, Marazzo and XUV300, Mahindra is also working on a mid-life refresh for the TUV300. The new launches are aimed at regaining the lost leadership position.
2019 Mahindra TUV300 facelift has started arriving at dealerships. The updated version of the mini SUV features minor styling tweaks but the most significant improvement would be under the skin. In order to comply with the new crash safety regulations that are kicking in from October 2019, Mahindra will reinforce the TUV300’s structure.
Upgrades will include a new front fascia and new front and rear bumpers. It will also see a new cover for its rear door mounted spare wheel, new alloy wheels and an updated headlamp cluster with DRLs. Interiors will also sport more premium features with a new color scheme in black and beige. The interiors will be more spacious and will get a large 384 liter boot. Spyshots also reveal a new touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of safety, ABS, EBD, driver’s side and dual airbags will be offered as standard.
The 2019 TUV300 would also be featuring a BS-VI ready engine. In its current state of tune, the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine produces 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque when mated either to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT. The 80 hp variant will not be on offer with the updated TUV300. Five variants will be on offer – T4+, T6+, T8, T10 and an all new top variant – T10 (O).
The Mahindra TUV300 would continue to use its ruggedness to stand out among fellow sub-4m SUVs which are mostly softroaders. The Mahindra TUV 300 Plus is also expected to receive structural reinforcements and BS-VI engine in due course. Mahindra TUV300 will sit below the XUV300 in the company lineup.