Mahindra has officially started taking bookings for its much-awaited sub-4 meter SUV, called the Mahindra XUV300. Interested buyers can pre-book this SUV online through Mahindra's official website or offline by visiting any authorized Mahindra dealership across the country. The company hasn't reveal the booking amount of the SUV.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be launched in the market on February 22, 2019. It will directly rival the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and the upcoming Hyundai Styx compact SUV. This SUV will join the brand's TUV300 SUV in the sub-4 meter SUV category. The TUV300 is based on ladder chassis and is available in 7-seat layout. On the flip side, the Mahindra XUV300 is based on the monocoque chassis with front-wheel drivetrain. This 5-seater SUV is built on the SsangYong's X100 platform, which currently underpins the global SsangYong Tivoli SUV.
While the Korean sibling - Tivoli sits above 4 meters in length, Mahindra engineers has cut down the length for XUV300 to measure under 4 meters. This allows XUV300 to avail excise duty benefits that the Indian government offers on sub-4 meter cars.
The Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV will be offered in petrol and diesel guise. The gasoline version will get the brand's all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is co-developed by Mahindra and SsangYong. This engine is expected to produce about 135bhp of power and 200Nm of torque, which makes it the most powerful in its category. The oil burner will be a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that powers the Marazzo MPV. This engine is capable of producing 123bhp of maximum power and 300Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. The company will also launch the AMT-equipped version of the XUV300 on a later stage.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be equipped with several segment-leading features. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, all-4 disc brakes, LED tail-lights, reverse parking sensors, speed alert, seat belt reminder, 2-DIN music system and power windows will come as standard offering. The top-end variant will offer segment-first 7 airbags, dual-zone fully automatic climate control, front parking sensors, a factory-fitted sunroof, etc. The SUV will be available in 4 variants - W4, W6, W7 and W8 (O).
The SUV will be produced at the company's Chakan based plant. Mahindra is also working on a 7-seater derivative of this SUV, which is expected to be launched in 2020. Likely to be called Mahindra XUV400, the 7-seater model will have longer body to accommodate 3rd row of seats. The company will also introduce an all-electric variant of the XUV300 in 2020