Mahindra; the Indian homegrown SUV specialist has always been in the limelight for the path breaking SUVs, it has built from time to time. In fact with the SUVs’ like the super rugged Bolero which has a wide acceptance in the rural India, the brilliant and rugged new Scorpio along with the ultra modern and well performing mile munching machine; XUV5OO, it is easy to make anyone sit and listen about a new Mahindra SUV; such a brand Mahindra has built here in India.
This 10th of September, we are going to witness another SUV coming out of the stable of Mahindra that is the TUV300.
What can you expect from this new SUV? We bring you only the concrete information from as much we have collected till date, no renderings, no guesses; only the discovered hitherto.
A Bolero or a Quanto In Disguise?
Just one-word answer; ‘NO’. Bolero; the favorite SUV of rural India for very obvious reasons is still selling like hot cakes. Why won’t it sell? It ticks all the boxes of ruggedness, reliability, high GC and exceptional capability of taking on bad roads; no matter if it breaks the backbone of the occupants. Did we mention mod potential? Oh yes, take a Bolero, add some fat rubber with some stylish alloys, some minor tweaks and you have a head turner.
Quanto was targeted at the urban buyer but was never able to strike the cord for obvious reason; the awkward styling that appealed to very few. Very practical and capable vehicle but the styling was simply out of this world (in a disappointing manner) and Quanto hasn’t virtually ever took off.
The TUV300 is an entirely new vehicle with maybe a bit of component sharing with its older siblings but is definitely going to be a very different vehicle.
TUV300 is targeted at the likes of Ford Ecosport which due to their compact dimensions and sub 4 meter length are enjoying the excise benefits and hence with their competitive pricing are enjoying a dream run in the Indian market. Now Mahindra is out with their latest offering to claim their piece of the pie called compact SUV segment.
The Jeep Cherokee inspired front end looks good and commanding, side profile is also well designed but a bit bland at the same time; rear is where many people will find the resemblance to the Quanto as there are minor tweaks only. Rest we will reserve our comments on styling, interior and driving experience until we get our hands on the vehicle or see it in the flesh after it gets launched on 10th September.
What to Expect?
Putting it short, “A Boxy, rear wheel drive compact SUV which can seat seven people, 5 in comfort at least”. Going by the boxy design, we can expect a spacious SUV with more focus on function over the form. The engine is supposed to be the 1.5l 3 cylinder mHawk unit that is expected to churn out around 80 bhp (Mahindra calls it mHawk80) of power with a torque rating of around 230 Nm., and yes; an automatic transmission option is also coming in form of AMT; maybe making it the most affordable automatic diesel SUV.
There are supposed to be three variants viz: T4, T6 and T8. All variants are expected to be equipped with power steering, power windows and air conditioning as standard features with the additional features as follows:
- Three colours – silver, black and red.
- ABS and front airbags (optional).
- Three colours – white, silver and black.
- Body coloured bumpers, door handles and ORVMs.
- AMT gearbox (optional).
- Six colours – red, white, silver, black, blue and orange.
- Alloy wheels, ABS and airbags.
- AMT gearbox (optional).
When it goes on sale, the Mahindra TUV300 is going to be priced anywhere between 6 to 9 lakh; ex-showroom Delhi as per the information and analytics. Going by the recent launches by Mahindra, we are quite sure that this one also will be priced competitively. Now what remains to be seen is how the Indian buyer accepts this latest Mahindra.
Images Source: Carwale
Variants Source: Autocar India