First known spy shots of the Mahindra TUV300 (previously U301), surfaced online early last year. Over the course of the last one and half year, the TUV300 has been spied scores of times, in India and abroad. But all this while, the car was properly camouflaged, hiding all details.
Now, with official launch of the compact SUV just weeks away, first minimally camouflaged variant of the Mahindra TUV300 has been spied. These reveal interesting new details, which were hidden carefully behind camouflage.
Inspired by a battle-tank design, Mahindra TUV300 production version base variant gets chiseled halogen headlamps with integrated turn indicators. The front grille is in all black plastic material, with Mahindra logo embossed in the centre. Lower bumper too is all-black plastic material. Door handles are not body coloured, and so are the ORVMs.
Interestingly, the ORVMs get piano black finish, same which is seen on the D-pillar. Just like the front, the rear too gets a rugged look. This is contemplated with the spare wheel being latched onto the rear door, very similar to the way it has been done on the Quanto. But unlike Quanto, this one does not feature a spare wheel cover, at least on this base variant.
Based on the ladder frame platform, Mahindra TUV300 will be placed along-side the existing Quanto in the sub 4 metre SUV segment. It will be a more rugged looking alternative. Not much is known about the engine on offer with TUV300, but we expect a completely re-engineered 3 cylinder 1.5l diesel engine which will deliver power in the range of 80 hp.
Once the new Mahindra TUV300 is launched by mid September, Mahindra then plans to launch five more cars this fiscal, four of which will be facelift, and one will be a completely new SUV – S101. Mahindra hopes the launch of these new cars will help them improve their presence not only in India but also abroad, where they plan to export all their new cars.
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