Mahindra and Mahindra today launched the XUV300 at INR 7.90 Lakhs (ex-showroom). This is the price for the petrol base variant, the W4. It goes all the way up to 10.8 Lakhs for the top end W8 Diesel. The XUV300 is Mahindra’s latest attempt at cracking the compact SUV segment. Other efforts of Mahindra to crack the tough nut has been futile so far. The baby XUV will rival the Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Ford Ecosport.
The XUV300 is built on the S2 Platform. This is a heavily re-worked X100 platform that underpins the Ssangyong Tivoli. The XUV300 measures 3995 x 1821 x 1617 mm (LxWxH). It is the widest SUV in its class and has the longest wheelbase of 2600 mm. The fuel tank capacity is 42 litres, while the boot space is 257 litres, which is expandable to up to 625 litres with the rear seats folded.
Okay, what has the XUV300 got?
The baby XUV comes with many segment-first features such as 7 airbags, dual zone climate control and sunroof. On the safety front, Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD and disc brakes at the front and rear will be standard across all variants. Other safety equipment includes hill hold assist and electronic stability control, front and rear fog lamps and Isofix child seat mounts.
The XUV300 is also the first car to offer three steering modes – Comfort, normal and sports, that alter the steering weight. Now, that’s a feature that is unheard of in mass production cars.
XUV300 is available in 3 trims i.e. W4, W6, W8. The optional package is available on the W8 trim at an additional 1.19 Lakhs. The base W4 gets LED tail lamps but misses on the wheel covers for the 16-inch steel rims and chrome garnish for the grills. The W6 has them both and also has black roof rails. The top of the line W8 and W8(O) gets projector headlights, LED DRL, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and LED turn indicators integrated into the wing mirrors and the electronic sunroof.
And, the list goes on…
The infotainment unit is a 7.0-inch touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features and creature comforts include instrument cluster with multiple color illumination options, leather seats, a height adjustable driver’s seat and height adjustable front seat belts, push-button start, a tyre pressure monitor, a tyre position display, a reverse camera, auto-dimming IRVM, automatic headlamps and wipers, electrically folding and adjustable wing mirrors, cruise control and then some.
The heart of the XUV300
Two engines are offered with the baby XUV. A 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder turbo petrol (110 BHP/200 Nm of torque) and a 1.5 Litre diesel engine (115 BHP/300 Nm of torque). A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for both the petrol and the diesel engine. An AMT gearbox will be launched soon, while a conventional torque converter AT will be launched at a later date.
You can choose your XUV300 from six shades viz., Sunburst Orange, Red rage, Aquamarine, Napoli black, Pearl white, Dsat silver. The Aquamarine and the Red rage colours can be had in a dual tone finish, with a white roof.
We recently had a chance to drive the XUV300 at Goa. Here is a our first drive review.
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