Mahindra has launched their highly awaited Compact SUV the XUV300 in India at a price of Rs. 7.90 Lakh for the W4 Petrol variant while the W4 Diesel is priced at ₹8.49 Lakh. The Mahindra XUV300 will be available in both Petrol and Diesel engine options. The XUV300 takes ahead the highly successful XUV lineage which was started by the XUV500.
The XUV300 comes in 3 variants W4, W6 and W8, and one optional pack on the W8 variant. It is available in 6 monotone colours & 2 dual tone colours: Red Rage, Aqua Marine, Sunburst Orange, Pearl White, Napoli Black, D-Sat Silver, Dual Tone White roof on Red Rage and Aqua Marine (only on W8 optional pack).
The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s X100 platform and was code named the S201 before being christened as the XUV300. This also becomes the third sub-4 meter SUV from the Mahindra stable after the TUV300 and the NuvoSport. The XUV 300 stands at 3995mm in length, it is 1821mm wide and has an overall height of 1617mm while its wheelbase measures 2600mm.
The XUV300 looks extremely attractive and invites instant attention mainly due to its uniquely designed and placed DRL that extend themselves till the fog lamps on the bumpers. The bonnet also gets a neat muscular pair of character lines that look best when seen from the drivers seat. The fenders get plastic cladding while the running board and the lower section of the door also get the unpainted cladding. The XUV300 also gets a floating roofline along with roof rails and an electric sun-roof. is highlighted with the near oval tail lights in all LED glow that extend themselves into the boot lid. The rear bumper comes with stop lamps placed on the corners along with the faux skid plate. The XUV3OO drives on 215/55 R17 Apollo Alnac 4g tubeless tyres mounted on 17 inch diamond cut alloys.
The XUV300 gets a nice bright looking cabin with dual-tone dashboard and off white leather upholstery on the loaded trim. The instrument cluster is a twin pod design with the outer rings glowing in color which you can customize the glow colour. The center dash houses the 7 inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, Radio, GPS navigation to name a few. This screen also acts as a display for the unique tyre pressure and tyre temperature monitor. You also get a dual zone climate control unit along with leather wrapped steering and gear-shifter. The XUV3OO comes with 257lt boot space with a wide loading area.
The Mahindra XUV3OO comes with two engine options to choose from, one Petrol and one Diesel. The Petrol version comes powered with the 1.2-Litre turbocharged unit which makes 110bhp @ 5000rpm and 200Nm of torque between 2000rpm – 3000rpm. The Diesel version of the XUV 3OO that we drove gets its power from the 1.5-Litre CDRI engine, which makes 115bhp @ 3750rpm and 300Nm between 1500rpm – 2500rpm. This is the same engine that also powers the larger Mahindra Marazzo MPV. Both the engines come mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic transmission on offer for now but an AMT gearbox will make it to the list soon.
Mahindra has loaded the XUV 3OO with a long list of safety features, many of which are the segment first. The XUV 3OO comes with 7 airbags (2 front, 2 curtain, 2 side, 1 driver knee), ABS with EBD, corner braking control, all 4 disc brakes, ESP, Hill Hold assist, ISOFIX child seat restraints, seatbelt reminder for front and back, front and rear parking sensors, seatbelt height adjust, Tyre direction monitor system.
The Mahindra XUV3OO will compete with the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Brezza,Tata Nexon, the Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V while the top end variants would also compete with the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur to some extent.