Mahindra and Mahindra, country's largest utility manufacturer in the recent past tried to woo the Indian buyer with its SUV portfolio. The company tried its hands on several occasions to introduce a couple of models that sadly did not do too well while targeting the mass buyers in the country. The story was once again repeated by the homegrown automaker when they decided to enter the sub-four-meter compact SUV segment. The homegrown automaker has now introduced the new variant of the Mahindra TUV300 sub-compact SUV with a new dual tone colour scheme. Priced more by INR 15,000 than the regular single colour variant, the dual tone colour variant is offered on the top end T8. The Bookings for the new variant has already commenced across all the dealerships in the country. The special two tone colour variant comes in existing 7 attractive shades – Verve Blue, Majestic Silver, Dynamite Red, Molten Orange, Bold Black, Glacier White and Bronze Green. With the dual tone combination, Mahindra & Mahindra is looking to revive the style quotient of the sub-compact SUV in order to its appeal amongst urban buyers.
Having yielded not much support from the end consumer, Mahindra decided to take another short at this ever growing segment. Last year, in September they pulled off the curtains from the TUV300 (Tough Utility Vehicle) a sub-compact SUV which is frugal, tough, muscular and affordable in its category. Needless to say, Mahindra TUV300 has made a quite amazing impression at first sight and has been successful in alluring the youth towards it. This vehicle was designed at the company's Mumbai office while taking design inputs from the world's famous Italian Design firm – Pininfarina, which has been long established with international supercar manufacturers such as – Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia among others. While most of the Indian end consumers think, the TUV300 replaces some of the old aging products in the company's fleet. Amidst all the chaos, this sub-compact SUV is built from ground up and is not just a mere facelift.
Mahindra TUV300 Exterior–
Taking its design inspiration from a “battle tank”; it has been molded in a rather boxy shape design which might or might not go down well with the customers, reason being that some may find it muscular and rugged while others may disapprove its plain Jane aesthetics. Simply put, it testifies Mahindra's attempt to come up with a true blue rugged looking vehicle, but what really has worked for it is in spite of its compact size it looks big and mature. It receives a conventional design and upfront comes with Jeep Grand Cherokee inspired modern fascia featuring a flat slat grille and chrome accents. The automaker has taken its boxy design quite seriously and on the outside almost everything at the front is square or rectangular. It sports angular headlamps, sculpted rectangular shaped bumper housing air dams and squarish fog lamps unlike the one we are used to seeing on other Mahindra vehicles. On the side, it looks tame with hardly any interesting design trait except for the A, B and D blacked out pillars and the 10-spoke alloy wheels. Moving to the back, the rear profile looks reminiscent to that of the Quanto with a tailgate mounted rear wheel. It has vertically stacked tail lamps and the black treatment given to the rear windshield tries to create a dual-tone effect.
Mahindra TUV300 Dimensions
Dimensions state that this compact SUV measures 3,995mm in length, 1,839mm in height and 1,835 in width. Its wheelbase stands at 2,680mm. The 184mm of ground clearance reward it with tall stance and make it ooze over the breakers and potholes with ease.
Mahindra TUV300 Colours
To choice from, there are six color options namely – Molten Orange, Verve Blue, Majestic Silver, Glacier White, Dynamo Red and Bold Black.
Mahindra TUV300 Interior-
Contrary to its boxy design, the cabin boasts a pleasantly designed dashboard and other elements which altogether look nice. It comes with a dual-tone black and beige concept and a piano black finish hexapod centre cluster. The quality of the materials used and overall finish is good. The manufacturer has used a lot of Matt silver which gels well with the glossy black plastic. It gets a seven seater (5+2) layout with the last row in the form of jump seats that are only suited for seating of children. There is 384-litre boot space which can be further increased up to 720-litres by simply folding up the seats. Besides these features, the instrument panel comprises chrome bezel surrounding with a MID (Multi Information Display) in the middle, a speedometer and a tachometer. Also, there are two large dials with chrome highlights which accentuates its sporty appeal. The company has also loaded it with other elements for example a music-system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX-in connectivity, a driver information system, Start-Stop system, reverse parking sensors and all-four power windows.
Mahindra TUV300 Engine–
Power to the Mahindra TUV300 comes from a mHawk engine christened as mHwak80- which makes this vehicle more powerful and fuel efficient. The 1.5-litre mHawk80 turbocharged diesel unit has been synced with the Micro hybrid technology which we have been seeing on various vehicles from Mahindra including the Scorpio.
The powertrain is tuned to churn out a maximum power of 84 Bhp along with a peak torque of 230Nm. Mahindra has also rolled out a more powerful guise of this compact SUV – the TUV300 mHawk100. This powerful trim produces 100 Bhp of maximum power output with 240Nm of torque. It comes paired with two transmission options- a five-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) and a five-speed manual gearbox.
As far as safety is concerned, it is installed with four airbags, ABS with EBD,central locking and engine immobilizer in the top-end variant.
Mahindra TUV300 Price and Competition-
Mahindra offers the TUV300 in nine variants ranging between INR 7.38 lakh to INR 9.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Ever since Renault Duster barged in, the sub compact SUV segment has seen various competitors like Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti S-Cross.