Mahindra’s all new cheetah, which will sit under the XUV500 in the company line-up, the XUV300 made its global debut earlier this week in Mumbai. Apart from revealing the car and its price, Mahindra more or less revealed everything about their new sub 4 meter SUV.
Based on the SsangYong Tivoli platform, Mahindra XUV300 will be manufactured at Mahindra’s plant in Nasik, Maharashtra. It will rival the likes of Tata Nexon and Maruti Brezza.
Highlight of the Mahindra XUV300 are its features. XUV300 segment first features include the longest wheelbase in the sub-4-meter compact SUV segment. Mahindra says that not only the wheelbase is longest in the segment, but also the longest for any sub 4 meter SUV in the world. What this will do, is allow the XUV300 to become best driver’s car in the segment.
But wait. To make a driver’s car, you also need powerful engines. Well, guess what. Mahindra has promised to launch the XUV300 with some of the most powerful and torque’y engines this segment has seen. The petrol 1.2 liter turbo’ed petrol motor will deliver 120 PS while the 1.5 liter oil burner will deliver 123 PS. Transmission will be via 6 speed MT.
Mahindra has not revealed if the XUV300 will be available in 4WD option of not. Considering that the Tivoli platform supports AWD, it is possible that the XUV300 is offered with AWD option. Neither of the XUV300’s rivals offers a AWD option.
Other such feature which will be segment first for the XUV300, will be disc brakes on all four wheels, 7 airbags, steering modes, dual-zone climate control system, etc. Other highlights on offer are projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, etc.
Mahindra has revealed that the compact SUV segment in India accounts for about 40,000 car sales every month. Of this, they aim to eat a share of 15-20%. This translates into sales of 6-8k units a month. If Mahindra manages to achieve this target, their overall sales too will increase, and it could help them regain their 3rd position back from Tata Motors.