Mahindra & Mahindra, the home-grown automaker, has introduced a new exterior color of the TUV300 in the country. Being named as ‘Bronze Green’ (Army Green), the new optional paint scheme would be available as made-to-order basis for all the trim levels. The Bronze Green color was unveiled at the launch of the SUV last year, but it could never make it to the official color portfolio untill now. Just so you know, Mahindra TUV300 is available only in diesel fuel trim.
Apart from the new shade, there are no cosmetic changes in the SUV. Mahindra TUV300 was launched in September last year in three trim levels: T4, T6, and T8. It was priced in a range of Rs. 6.90-9.12 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Pune). The styling of the front-end was said to be inspired from a battle tank. Based on a new ladder frame chassis, it is designed and developed in-house, with R&D being carried out at the Mahindra Research Valley (MRV), Chennai. It boasts of several class-leading safety features such as dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Corner Brake Control (CBC), and automatic door locking. The TUV300 lock horns with the Ford EcoSport and Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Mechanically, the compact SUV was introduced only in diesel guise with the 1.5L mHawk 80 turbocharged engine, which developed 80bhp of top power and 230Nm of peak torque. However, it was during May this year, that Mahindra presented the TUV300 with NuvoSport’s mHawk 100 turbodiesel engine. The aforementioned engine developed 100bhp of maximum power and 240Nm of highest torque, hence an increase of 20bhp in power and 10Nm in torque. Though, it was offered only with the top-end T8 and T8+ variants. The company is offering two transmission options: a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT gearbox. Mahindra has clearly stated that it would launch petrol variants of the TUV300 with an all-new 1.5L engine, which is currently under development.