Mahindra has launched the TUV300 for the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 6.90 lakh. The car is offered with an AMT gearbox and competes mainly with the Ford EcoSport.
Mahindra is calling the TUV 300 as an 'Iconic true Blue SUV', which has a design inspired by a battle tank. It is a sub four-metre vehicle and borrows cues from the Bolero and the design of the fascia is essentially a modernised version of the Bolero's front. The car sports a new pattern for the alloy wheels, square wheels arches and short overhangs. The straight roofline is in line with the squarish shape of the vehicle that comes equipped with a boot-mounted spare wheel. The car is available in six new colours - bold black, glacier white, majestic silver, molten orange, dynamo red and verve blue.
The car is available in seven variants - T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T6 AMT, T8+ and the T8 AMT being the top-end-version. Features like power steering, power windows, air-conditioning, tilt-steering and an immobiliser are offered as standard across all variants. The top-of-the-line T8+ benefits from electronically adjustable OVRMs, static bending headlamps, the micro hybrid technology and a four-inch display. A three-inch display is offered on the T6 and T6+ variant. The T4 and T4+ plus not only miss out on this, but also body coloured bumpers.
On the safety front, the T4 is the only variant which misses out on ABS and dual airbags are absent in the T4 and T6 variant. Despite being a compact SUV, Mahindra has managed to put in two jump seats at the back like they did in the Quanto, making it a seven-seater.
The vehicle is powered by an advanced mHawk 80 series engine that churns out 80bhp of power and 230Nm of torque. This mill comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, but customers can also opt for the AMT gearbox in the T6+ and T8+ variants.
The Mahindra TUV300 is expected to replicate the success of Mahindra's best-seller Bolero SUV. The Mumbai-based manufacturer has brought the TUV300 to the Indian car market just before the start of the festive season, providing prospective car buyers a new option to choose from the available cars.
Ex-showroom prices for the TUV300 are as follows:
TUV300 T4 – Rs 6.90 lakh
TUV300 T4 Plus – Rs 7.25 lakh
TUV300 T6 – Rs 7.55 lakh
TUV300 T6 Plus – Rs 7.80 lakh
TUV300 T6 AMT – Rs 8.52 lakh
TUV300 T8 – Rs 8.4 lakh
TUV300 T8 AMT - Rs 9.12 lakh