The Mahindra TUV300 was scheduled to undergo an update in order to make it compliant the the BS-VI emission norms that are in place here currently. Mahindra were earlier keen on introducing the much needed upgrade on the compact SUV during April. However, the nationwide lockdown imposed during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic convinced the automaker to change its plans.
It appears that the updated Mahindra TUV300 will finally be arriving here during the upcoming festive season. Before that, a test mule of the up and coming update was spied with a few significant changes as compared to the current model. The most notable ones are seen on the front such as a new front face and new LED headlamps.
Other than that, there are a revised set of bumpers both on the front and rear, new tail-lamps and alloy wheels to name a few. The changes are expected to run on the inside as well with the addition of a new touchscreen infotainment system having Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Unlike other manufacturers who just updated their powertrains to adhere to the norms, Mahindra have completely reworked the TUV300 in addition to the BS-VI update given.
Engine-wise, the Mahindra TUV300 will feature the same 1.5 litre, three-cylinder diesel motor. At present this is the only motor which is available on the TUV300 and Mahindra will be retaining it instead of phasing it out. This engine develops 100 BHP of power and 240 Nm of torque.
It is available in two transmission options, namely a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT one. There is talk of the compact SUV receiving a petrol engine as well alongside the diesel one. Mahindra may silently add the 1.2 litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor on the updated Mahindra TUV300.
This engine seen on the XUV300 makes 108 BHP of power along with 200 Nm of torque, which might be a good alternative to its diesel counterpart. When launched, the BS-VI compliant TUV300 will be renewing its interest in the compact SUV space by going against the Ford Ecosport, Tata Nexon and the Honda WR-V. Prices are expected to be around the Rs. 9 lakh mark, with the top end variants set to be available upto Rs. 12 lakhs.
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