Mahindra XUV300 is poised to enter the already crowded sub 4 meter SUV segment this week. It remains to be seen if it manages to carve a niche for itself or not. What works for XUV300 are its class leading features, engine options and safety.
Mahindra XUV300 is the company’s first launch this year. Bookings have also been opened at company showrooms at a down payment of Rs.11,000. Bookings have already crossed 4k units while enquiries have crossed 60k across India. We recently drove the diesel variant at the media drive in Goa.
Mahindra XUV300 will be offered in four variants of W4, W6, W8 and W8(O). Boasting of several segment first features, the XUV300 gets a total of 7 airbags, dual zone climate control, heated ORVMs and 17” diamond cut alloy wheels. It will also get a sunroof, parking sensor with camera at the front and rear and boomerang shaped LED tail lamps with DRLs.
Large headlamps with extensions connected to fog lamps create a tear-duct design. Interiors are in a dual-tone light beige and black treatment. There’s a 7” touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In terms of safety, XUV300 gets ABS, EBD, dual airbags, power windows and steering modes as standard. XUV300 also gets disc brakes on all 4 wheels as standard. Interior features, seating arrangement, boot space, are now highlighted in a new official video.
Mahindra XUV300 is available in petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol unit will offer 110 PS power and 200 Nm torque while the diesel engine will be the same as that seen on the Mahindra Marazzo, offering 115 PS power and 300 Nm torque. Both engines get mated to a 6 speed manual transmission at the time of launch, while an automatic transmission could be included later. Petrol engine claims 17 kmpl while diesel claims 20 kmpl.
Mahindra XUV300 will compete with the Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and upcoming Hyundai sub 4m SUV – Carlino Styx (launch in May 2019). Along with the new Mahindra XUV300, the company also plans an electric version of XUV300 which is slated for launch sometime in mid 2020.