Mahindra & Mahindra, the home-grown automaker, has officially named the S201 compact SUV as 'XUV 300'. Being based on the SsangYong Tivoli which is sold in over 50 global markets, it will be launched in February 2019. Mahindra XUV300 will boast of class-leading features such as Dual-zone Automatic AC, Sunroof, 7-airbags etc. to name a few, while it will be offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The SUV will take on the likes of Tata Nexon, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks in the Indian market.
Speaking at the name reveal, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, M&M Ltd. said, "The XUV300 is our latest offering in the next generation of aspirational Mahindra vehicles, after the Marazzo and the Alturas G4. Our new breed of vehicles are products of engineering excellence, offer high refinement and are built on global platforms. XUV500 enjoys huge equity in consumers' minds and with the XUV300, the XUV brand will evolve into a family of vehicles that stands for sophistication with performance." Speaking of the exterior styling, Mahindra XUV300 takes cues from the company's flagship offering, the XUV500, with its Cheetah-inspired front fascia. The dual LED DRL headlamps integrate with the fog lamps to form a Cheetah-like tear-duct, while the wheel arches are inspired from the haunches of Cheetah.
Rajan Wadhera, President Automotive Sector, M&M Ltd. said, "The XUV300 is an all-new product that is built on a global platform and comes with many segment firsts. The XUV300's head-turning, cheetah-inspired design, fun-to-drive performance, first-in-class hi-tech features, best-in-class safety and class-defining interiors, make it an exciting and comprehensive package that will find a strong connect and appeal among customers. We will offer the XUV300 in both petrol and diesel options." It will be locally developed at the company's manufacturing facility in Nashik, Maharashtra. For those asking, since the XUV300 is based on the Tivoli, it will be pretty upmarket in terms of safety as Tivoli has secured Grade 1 in safety from the 2015 KNCAP (Korean New Car Assessment Program).