Mahindra KUV100 micro SUV unveiled, to rival Grand i10 & Swift
After suffering a big setback with the diesel ban in Delhi, Mahindra is now betting big in the small car segments. The company has just unveiled an official rendering of the much awaited KUV100 micro SUV that was earlier said to launch as the XUV100. The KUV100 will be available for bookings across all Mahindra dealerships from 19th December 2015 onwards. The vehicle will be made available for sale from 15th January 2016 onwards.
The latest vehicle from the Indian manufacturer will set to garner sales in the entry-level market with its SUV-like looks, just like the recent hit Renault Kwid. However, the Mahindra KUV100 will be the first vehicle in the so-called micro SUV segment with prices expected to lie between Rs. 4 lakhs to Rs. 6 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will compete with upcoming vehicles like the Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Datsun Redi GO.
With the ‘K’ in its name standing for ‘Kool’, Mahindra will be offering the KUV100 in four different variants – K2, K4, K6 and K8. Judging by its looks, the car looks good, but slightly overdone. But, Mahindra has done well to differentiate it well from its other sub-4 metre sibling, the TUV300. The KUV100 has more curves and an aggressive design philosophy that should strike the right chord in terms of looks in our country.
Looking at its expected pricing, the Mahindra KUV100 will look to pull customers from the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10, both of which are among the two best selling cars in our country. It will come with a range of fuel efficient engines in addition to a well-equipped cabin. Mechanically, it will be powered by the latest “Falcon” aluminium-block engines including a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder dual VVT mFalcon G80 petrol engine that will produce 82 BHP of power at 5500 RPM and 114 Nm of torque at 3500 RPM and a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder mFalcon D75 diesel engine that will produce 77 BHP of power at 3750 RPM and 190 Nm of torque 1750-2250 RPM. It will feature various safety tech like standard ABS and optional airbags across all the variants.
The Mahindra TUV300 has turned out to be a good seller in India. The company will be hoping the same for the upcoming KUV100 as well.