Mahindra TUV300 offers 80 BHP and 230 Nm, will come with AMT
Mahindra will be looking to become very aggressive in the country after losing its second spot to Hyundai in terms of sales. Their next major launch will be taking place on September 10th in form of the TUV300 compact SUV. A few details about the upcoming SUV have surfaced regarding the engine, 5-speed manual transmission and the AMT unit.
The Mahindra TUV300 will come with an AMT unit that has not been sourced from anyone, but has rather been developed in-house from their engineers. This has enabled the AMT to be cheaper as compared to sourcing it from other manufacturers.
On the mechanical domain, the compact SUV will derive power from a 1.5-litre mHawk diesel engine that is also found under the bonnet of the not so successful Quanto. However, the engine has been tweaked and refined to offer better drivability and more mileage in the Mahindra TUV300. The engine is fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and will churn out 80 BHP and 230 Nm of torque. However, these power figures are less when compared to the Quanto which gets a 100 BHP and 240 Nm of torque.
The Mahindra TUV300 is also expected to feature a Micro Hybrid technology along with an Eco mode, much like the one found on the Tata Zest. The vehicle will come in three variants, with ABS and airbags offered as standard on all trims save for the base variant, which will get the same as optional. The top end variant will be loaded with features including the likes of a touchscreen infotainment system, alloy wheels, power windows, reversing camera and more. The base trim on the other hand will make do with features like a standard air-conditioning unit and power steering only.
With no 5-seater variant expected to be offered, the seven seater carries a very boxy styling which will not please everyone. The design borrows many cues from other car manufacturers like Jeep (front grille) and many feel that the overall profile is reminiscent of the Hummer as well. It is expected to be a very practical product when launched in the country and will find many buyers as well. The Mahindra TUV300 will be priced between Rs. 6.6 lakhs to Rs. 9 lakhs (ex-showroom).