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Mahindra TUV300 Overview

Mahindra has been testing this SUV on India roads for a long time now and we all believed, perhaps this is the new SUV which will be replacing the old and ageing Bolero. However that is not the case the U301, which has been christened as the TUV300, will be selling alongside the Bolero SUV in India.

The compact SUV market has seen plenty of new launches recently from almost all the manufacturers present in the Indian market now and we are also sure that in the coming months we will also notice some new launches from different manufacturers. Mahindra already tried their hands on the compact SUV segment with the Quanto without much of a success, but the homegrown utility vehicle manufacturer is hopeful with their new product. Check for car loan interest calculator.

Coming to the new TUV300 compact SUV, the first letter of its name means ‘Tough’ which actually has been given to highlight its rough and tough stylish design. Not only the design is all new but it even gets a new platform which is really exciting because this SUV will surely handle and behave completely different than any other Mahindra SUV’s and especially the Quanto. Now as pormised the TUV300 has been launched with a single diesel engine which sia n updated variant of the MHawk diesel unit. The 1.5 Litre diesel unit has been paired with a 5 speed manual transmission while there is also an AMT on offer too.

Mahindra TUV300 Exteriors

The design of the TUV300 is perhaps a complete reversal from what we have seen so far in Mahindra vehicles. Seriously, it is one of the improved designs that has rolled out by Mahindra’s design and engineering team in so many years. Reasons? It’s not excessively designed and sprinkled with ornaments of XUV500 and Scorpio. In fact, with the squared-out design inspired from battle tank, brawny haunches and prominent wheel arches, this SUV fit the right prospects when it comes to flexing muscles off road.

The front profile is dominated by typical multi-slat grille and well-designed carbon black finished headlamps that gel nicely with the overall design. The headlamps shows some traits of Bolero while the rectangular shaped fog lamps gets black chrome inserts boasting of a great combination of macho and manliness of the car. Come to the side and you will see how dexterously, Mahindra has hid the boxy appearance of the SUV. For instance, the D-pillars have been blacked out to give it a floating roof while the B and C pillar have been raked back along with thick shoulder line lending it some character.

There are straight lines and sharp angles that run across the length. The way 15-inch wheels have been designed is really appreciable, though they are puny in appearance. Instead, Mahindra should have used 17-inch wheels on this SUV just like in other cars such as Scorpio and XUV500. The understated design of the front is carried forward at the rear with majority of the focus on huge spare wheel mounted on the tailgate. The tail lights and the rear bumper are vertically placed which is nice but the rear steps looks like an eyesore.

Mahindra TUV300 Interiors

Step inside you will see how drastic transformation the carmaker has done to enrich the in-cabin experience. It is arguably the best interiors you will see in a Mahindra vehicle. There isn’t any silly plum finished plastic and desperately designed air cons here, but a nicely designed dashboard draped with dual beige and grey combination. The TUV300 follows the traits of other cars launched in the past couple of years by using glossy back plastic console for the infotainment system at the centre. Other parts of the cabin including the door handles and the AC vents are adorned in aluminium finished silver plastic.

The apt placement of buttons on the central console shows the minimalistic approach of the carmaker. Especially, the way the top beige layer of the dashboard shelters or say surrounds the center console and instrument cluster without breaking the lines, is truly awesome. The quality of the plastics and the fit and finish shows that Mahindra needs some serious business here. The faux leather seats give a more comfortable experience to the occupants.

Coming to the space, the cabin is remarkably good in terms of headroom, legroom and shoulder room. However, the front seats that come with lumbar support are slightly on the firmer side and will not entertain passengers on long journeys. The carmaker could have added more padding around the lower regions. The bench seats at the rear too come with ample space and can absorb three adult passengers with enough legroom. But here again, they will not prove comfortable for longer distances due to lack of thigh support. Then there is third row which can also snug in 2 adult occupants but still not best for longer journeys. In terms of storage, you get plenty of bottle holders and cubbyholes in the cabin along with a huge illuminated glove box which is practically helpful in storing knick knacks.

Talking about the equipment, Mahindra has given a lot. The car comes with 7 inch touchscreen infotainment unit that comes with GPS, Bluetooth, USB photo/video viewer, voice messaging system as well as iPod support and 4-speakers to add more to the music experience. The reverse parking sensors relays relevant feeds on the screen. Other comfort feature in the car include height adjustable driver seat, internally adjustable ORVM, steering mounted audio controls, follow me headlamps, rear wash/wipe and second row full seat fold.

Mahindra TUV300 Transmission

The TUV300 is powered by 1.5 Litre three-cylinder mHawk 2-stage turbocharged diesel engine which is capable of producing about 84 Bhp of peak power at 3750 rpm and a class leading 230 NM of torque in between 1500-2250 rpm. This engine has been paired to a 5 speed manula transmission while there is also an option of first-in-class ‘autoSHIFT’ technology (Automated Manual Transmission) which sends power to the front wheels. The engine will surely feel punchy enough considering the overall size and weight of the vehicle.

This engine is extremely fuel efficient engine because it gets the ECO mode function and Micro-Hybrid Technology which is also seen in some other Mahindra vehicles including the Scorpio and XUV500. This diesel unit promises to return an impressive ARAI rated Fuel efficiency of 18.49kmpl.The mileage of the Mahindra TUV300 is 18.49 kmpl as per ARAI. This muscular car can easily deliver a mileage of 15 kmpl in the city conditions and 18 kmpl on the highways. Having said that, the actual mileage depends upon the driving habits of the driver. For more details on Mahindra TUV300  check Vci-indi

Mahindra TUV300 Driving

The TUV300 will be Mahindra’s first SUV which will actually sit on the new body on frame chassis which has been developed for recently for the new generation Scorpio. The advantage of this new chassis is that it weighs much less than its earlier ladder on frame chassis, although the length of the Chassis will be actually shorter than that of the Scorpio for obvious reasons. For that reason expect the new TUV300 to also handle better than the compact SUV Quanto

Mahindra TUV300 Safety

The braking responsibilities of the 2019 Mahindra TUV300 is handled by disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear. The safety features include 2 airbags (driver and co-driver), anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and corner braking control. Added features comprises anti-theft warning, collapsible steering column, digital immobilizer, ISOFIX mounts, side-intrusion beams and a new reverse parking camera.

Mahindra TUV300 Cost in Hyderabad

Mahindra Tuv300 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,93,104 to 13,19,979 for variants TUV300 T4 Plus and TUV300 T10 100HP AMT Dual Tone respectively. Mahindra Tuv300 is available in 8 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Mahindra Tuv300 variants price in Hyderabad. .

Mahindra TUV300 Final Thought

The TUV300 like already mentioned above seats on a brand new platform which has been developed and built in-house by the Mahindra design team, while its research and development has been carried out entirely at the Mahindra Research Valley in Chennai. Its looks surely are inspiring and also give us a hint of what Mahindra has stored for us. Only time will tell whether this compact SUV lives upto the expectations or falls flat on its face.

Mahindra TUV300 is available in eight different variants they are T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T8, T8AMT, T10 and T10AMT. In terms of pricing, Mahindra TUV300 has been very competitively priced. Its base model T4 Plus gets the price tag of Rs. 8.25 lakh while T6 Plus is available at the price tag of Rs. 8.83 lakh. The mHawk100 T8 and mHawk100 AMT is available at the sticker price tag of Rs. 9.54 lakh and Rs. 10.29 lakh respectively. The T10 is tagged at Rs. 9.95 lakh while T10 AMT is available at the price tag of Rs. 10.76 lakh. The top of the line T10 AMT Dual Tone variant is tagged at Rs. 10.91 lakh, ex-showroom. Mahindra TUV300 competes against Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Honda WR-V and Ford EcoSport in the segment.

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