Mahindra & Mahindra has finally launched the XUV300 at an introductory price of Rs 7.90 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Mumbai) in the country. The sub-compact SUV is offered in four trim levels: W4, W6, W8 and W8 (O). Underpinning the same X100 architecture as the highly successful SsangYong Tivoli, it is available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. Mahindra XUV300 comes loaded with several first-in-segment features while challenging the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Tata Nexon in the Indian market.
The sub-compact SUV is the widest in the segment with width of 1821mm, while also having the longest wheelbase of 2600mm. Mahindra XUV300 comes with an array of bells and whistles such as LED daytime running lights (DRLs), LED tail-lamp cluster, Roof rails, dual-zone climate control, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reverse parking camera, Steering mounted phone/audio controls and cruise control etc. to name a few. The range-topping W8 (O) variant gets front parking sensors, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, sunroof and a class-leading seven airbags. Speaking of the safety features, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are standard across the entire variant line-up.
Mechanically, the XUV300 is available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants are powered by the 1.2L turbocharged engine which develops top power of 110bhp and best-in-segment torque of 200Nm. The diesel variants fetch their power from a 1.5L turbocharged engine which belts out 115bhp and again best-in-class torque output of 300Nm. Both the engines are developed in-house by Mahindra and are linked to a 6-speed manual transmission while an AMT gearbox is expected to arrive at a later stage. The company also has plans to introduce an all-electric variant of the sub-compact SUV but it won't be launched before 2020. A special mention goes to the first-in-segment Smart Steering System which comes with three modes.