Mahindra and Mahindra, the home grown car maker has finally launched the much awaited compact SUV TUV300 in the country. Price starts from Rs. 6.98 lakh for the base T4 variant while the T8 AMT equipped variant cost at Rs. 9.20 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). With the unique name in which ‘T’ stands for tough while 300 denotes it’s positioning, the SUV is all set to tackle the most challenging territory in the country. Being available in seven variants and six colors, here is what the rugged SUV has to offer
Mahindra is pitching TUV300 in a very competitive segment hence it needs to be aggressively priced.
- Mahindra TUV300 T4 – Rs. 6.90 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T4 Plus – Rs. 7.25 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T6 – Rs. 7.55 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T6 Plus – Rs. 7.80 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T6 AMT – Rs. 8.52 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T8 – Rs. 8.40 Lakhs
- Mahindra TUV300 T8 AMT – Rs. 9.12 Lakhs
Note: All the prices of ex-showroom Delhi
Powering the compact SUV is a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder Mhawk diesel engine which according to company has been build from a scratch and is totally different from the dud seller Quanto. The engine comes with two stage turbo charger and churns out 84bhp of power@3750rpm and peak torque of 230Nm between 1500-2250rpm. Power is send to rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox while it also comes paired with an AMT (automated manual transmission) gearbox.
The AMT is available on T6 and T8 trims which collectively developed by Mahindra and Ricardo. The SUV gets Micro hybrid technology from which we seen in Scorpio and also comes with ECO mode to enhance the fuel efficiency. The car returns an ARAI certified mileage of 18.49 KM/l.
Space and Dimensions:
The TUV300 falls under sub 4m category therefore it gets the all the benefits provided by government to these vehicles. A 7-seater SUV measures 3995mm in length, 1835mm in width, 1839mm of height and offers the wheelbase of 2680mm. The SUV comes with decent ground clearance of 184mm and has best in segment 384 liters of boot space which can be further expanded up to 720 liters by folding the second row seats.
Despite of compact profile, the SUV comes with 2+3+2 seat layout with last row getting single jump seats.
Exterior and Interior:
As seen in the sketches and spy shots, the compact SUV has rugged styling cues and can be easily mistaken for a smaller Bolero especially from the front. Mahindra is portraying TUV300 as true blue SUV and its design is inspired by battle tank. The baby Bolero gets a chrome grille with vertical slats and honeycomb mesh, wide air inducts edged by square fog lamps give front profile an upright stance. It sports swept back headlights with clear lens element giving it a nice look.
The side profile looks neat and simple with flared wheel arches and gloss black D pillars. The USP of rear is tail mounted spare wheel along with small glass surface which look out of place.
The highlight of the cabin is 2+3+2 seat layout and with wheelbase of 2680mm you get generous knee room and shoulder space. In terms of features, it sports a 2-DIN infotainment system with USB, AUX-in and bluetooth connectivity, multi function steering wheel with voice messaging and audio controls. It also get twin POD instrument cluster, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable ORVMs, all four power windows and piano black finish at the central console.
The TUV300 is making its presence felt in six exciting colors- Dynamo red, Glacier white, bold black, molten orange, Verve blue and Majestic silver.
Mahindra didn’t compromise on the safety aids of the affordable SUV as it comes with dual front airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake force distribution), digital immobilizer, corner brake control, automatic door lock, brake assist and last but not the least is its foundation on ultra high strength steel to keep occupants safe in case of impact.