Just last week Mahindra announced the name of its upcoming compact SUV in India and now, we have the images of the vehicle in its full glory. The XUV300 has been spotted sans any camouflage and we believe this was because the vehicle was being shot for an advertisement. The variant spied is the top end W8 and derives its naming culture from the XUV500. There is also a new communication colour – green.
More information on the XUV300
The Mahindra XUV300 is the company’s new sub-4m SUV. It doesn’t have any legacy platform but instead borrows from the SsangYong Tivoli SUV. The XUV300 was codenamed S201. It has been developed at the Chennai R&D centre of Mahindra. From the spy shots, it is apparent that the SUV will come with LED projector headlights, long DRLs, fog lights with cornering function, dual tone 17-inch alloys, roof mounted spoiler and more. In the rear seat image spied, it is clear that the SUV also has an adjustable headrest for the passengers on the side while the middle one gets a fixed unit. It is likely that a rear centre armrest too will be on offer.
In terms of features, there will be dual zone climate control, all-wheel disc brakes, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple and Android connectivity, centre arm rest, cooled glovebox and more. In terms of safety while dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors will be standard, the top-spec W8 will offer more. This will include seven airbags, rear parking camera and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The XUV300 will compete with the Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and Vitara Brezza. It will also take on the Maruti S-Cross as well as lower trims of the Hyundai Creta.
As far as engines are concerned, we can expect to see a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel from the Marazzo. Initially, only 6-speed manual transmissions can be expected but an automatic will be introduced at a later stage. The Mahindra XUV300 price in India should start from Rs 8 lakh and go up to Rs 12 lakh, ex-showroom. The launch happens in the first half of February 2019.