Top things to know about the Mahindra XUV300

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First Look ! Mahindra's XUV 300 breaking cover

Mahindra XUV300 will be the latest compact SUV from the homegrown automaker. It is underpinned by the X 100 platform, which is inspired by the Ssangyong Tivoli. The XUV300 will be launched on February 14th and bookings are underway for INR 20,000. You can book yours online or at your nearest dealer. Now, fresh details have emerged ahead of official launch, confirming that even the base variants will pack some serious features.

What is new in the Mahindra XUV300?

It is confirmed that the Mahindra XUV300 will have some segment first features such as dual-zone climate control and 7 airbags. These will be the features of the top spec variant, the W8(O). The top spec variant will also feature front parking sensors, heated wing mirrors and most insane of them all, three steering modes – Comfort, normal and sports, that alter the steering weight. Now that’s a feature we have never heard of in a mass production car, at least in India. In addition, the W8(O) will feature sunroof, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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The diesel variants will also feature the micro-hybrid technology in the W8 and W8(O) variants. The system cuts off the engine when you are stopped in the traffic lights(and you are in neutral, of course) to save fuel. All you have to do is press the clutch and the engine roars to life. How cool is that?

Hmmm… Interesting, How about safety?

With the Marazzo scoring a decent 4-star rating in the GlobalNCAP tests, expectations are high for the baby XUV.  It doesn’t disappoint. Dual airbags with ABS and EBD and 4 disc brakes will be standard on all variants. The W8 will get hill hold assist and electronic stability control. In addition to these, the W8(O) gets front and rear fog lamps and Isofix child seat mounts.

Okay, How do the variants differ from each other?

The base W4 gets LED tail lamps, but sadly though, 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.

Other additional creature comforts?

The list here is long. The top spec W8(O) gets an instrument cluster with multiple colour illumination options, leather seats, a height adjustable driver’s seat and height adjustable front seatbelts, 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.

Specifications, Engine options and Price

The Mahindra XUV300 boasts 2600mm of wheelbase, the longest of Monocoque-bodied, sub-4m SUVs. The boot space of 257 litres may not be segment leading, but the folding rear seats give you about 625 litres of luggage space. The top spec XUV300 comes with 215/55 R17 tyres that are larger than its rivals, the Nexon and the Vitara Brezza. Two engines will be on offer with the baby XUV. A 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder turbo petrol and a 1.5 Litre diesel engine that does its duty on the Marazzo. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard and an automatic variant will be launched later. Six colour options are available to choose, viz., Sunburst Orange, Red rage, Aquamarine, Napoli black, Pearl white, Dsat silver.

The XUV300 is expected to be priced between 8-11 lakhs. It will rival the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and some bigger crossovers and SUVs such as the Maruti Suzuki S-cross and the 1.4-litre versions of the Hyundai Creta.

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