Mahindra has rolled out the XUV300 compact-SUV with BS6 petrol engines in the Indian market. This sub-4 metre SUV is now priced at INR 8.30 lakh for the base W4 trim and goes all the way up to INR 11.84 lakh for the top W8 model. The diesel engine is yet to be updated to BS6 emission norms, but we expect it to happen in the weeks to come ahead of the government deadline. Mahindra will update all their products to BS6 standards in a phased manner before 1st April 2020.
The Mahindra XUV300 is based on the SsangYong Tivolo, but is heavily reworked to delight the Indian car buyer. The XUV300 rivals the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon & Ford EcoSport.
The price hike of the BS6 petrol model compared to the old prices is in the range of INR 20,000. Price hike for the diesel variants could be higher once the transition to BS6 happens.
Specifications are not revealed officially, but the BS4 version of the XUV300 used to come with a 1.2L, turbo-petrol, 4-cylinder motor producing 110 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The diesel variant of the XUV300 gets a 1.5L motor producing 115 BHP of power and 300 Nm of torque. The diesel variant also gets an AMT autoshift variant.
Mahindra is reported to be working on a new XUV400 model as well. This SUV will be a rival to the likes of Hyundai Creta and will be based on a chassis shared with Ford. The XUV400 is currently codenamed as the S204 and it will have the B745 platform and will be a front-wheel drive SUV. Mahindra & Ford have joined hands to jointly develop cars for India, and for the emerging markets. The very first cars, or at least concepts, could make a debut at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo in the coming February month.