Talking to Caradvice.com.au, James Halliwell, marketing manager, Mahindra Australia, revealed that the Mahindra KUV100 export variant which is codenamed S105 would be larger (longer than 4 metres) with higher ground clearance and higher seating position.
The export derivative of the KUV100 crossover will also be equipped with more safety features to satisfy the requirements of developed markets and would have mild off-road capabilities. The top official also hinted that the S105 would have slightly different styling while retaining the interior packaging.
Further details of the KUV100 export variant are not known yet. Mr. Halliwell hinted that the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces a modest 82 bhp would be retained. Like the Indian KUV100, the export-spec S105 would cater to the small car segment and would be priced lower than other mini SUVs in the market.
In addition to added safety features, the S105 is expected to have additional goodies to fend off competition in the global arena. An automatic transmission (or an AMT) and AWD system could be on the cards as well.
The Mahindra KUV100 export variant would be crucial for the brand’s aggressive global expansion plans. Since it’s tailor made for international markets, it’s not likely to be launched in India.
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Via – Caradvice.com.br