The Mahindra XUV300 is a front-wheel drive SUV which, when launched, will be positioned below the XUV500. This upcoming SUV will have a monocoque construction and is presumed to be currently under development by Mahindra. The XUV300 is anticipated to be more expensive than its cousin, the TUV300, which is a rear-wheel drive SUV that rides on a body-on-ladder frame. Though details are scanty as of now, the XUV300 could probably be revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo.
As far as the looks are concerned, we believe the XUV300 will follow the footsteps of the XUV500. Nevertheless, we expect the XUV300 to have a more edgy and butch look vis-à-vis the XUV500’s more fluidic lines to keep the design lines fresh but contemporary.
Just like the XUV500 offers good equipment levels with the versatility of being a seven-seater, the XUV300 will also be feature rich when it goes on sale. However, at this point, it’s uncertain if Mahindra can squeeze two extra seats into the XUV300, but it will be an added benefit nonetheless. While the cabin will be offered in dual tone beige-black colours, the dashboard design along with the new instrument cluster will be unique.
Powertrains for the XUV300 is likely to be sourced from the TUV300 range. This means that we will ideally get the 1.5-litre mHawk diesel motor that’s capable of producing 100bhp at 3750rpm, and 240Nm at 1600rpm. This motor will be offered with the option of a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. The ARAI fuel efficiency figures for the XUV300 should exceed the 18kmpl that TUV300 claims, considering the former is expected to be lighter through the monocoque construction.
On the price front, we expect the Mahindra XUV300 to be priced between Rs 8 lakhs and Rs 11 lakhs ex-showroom Mumbai. When introduced, this SUV will take on the likes of the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and the Honda BR-V. Being the segment where most of the affordable SUVs are positioned, Mahindra has a lot resting on the shoulders of the XUV300.