New XUV300 to get a 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol engine; will take on the Vitara Brezza, EcoSport, Nexon and the Creta.
Mahindra is expected to announce the XUV300’s price on February 15, 2018. Bookings for the newest compact SUV have already commenced unofficially at most Mahindra dealers nationwide. The Mahindra XUV300 was revealed via a set of official images a few days ago and the model was spied in production-spec recently while being filmed for an ad.
The XUV300 is based on Tivoli’s X100 platform which has been modified and altered to fall under the crucial four-metre mark that will help Mahindra position it more competitively. The new XUV gets a styling that’s different from the Tivoli’s but does have some styling cues borrowed from the larger XUV500, especially when seen from front three-quarters.
As reported by us earlier, the XUV300 will come loaded with multiple features, including some segment-firsts like a large 8.0-inch touchscreen, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control and leather seats.
Powering the XUV300 will be the same 123hp, 1.5-litre diesel unit that made its debut in the Marazzo. The XUV will get the option of a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine as well. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox for now, with an automatic transmission expected to be introduced later.
The Mahindra XUV300 will be aimed squarely at not only its compact SUV rivals like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport but also at the larger Hyundai Creta.