Homegrown SUV master Mahindra & Mahindra has been basking in the light of the success of the recently launched Mahindra XUV300 subcompact SUV. Mahindra is now already planning to update the XUV300 by endowing it with more powerful engine technology.
The new Mahindra XUV300 gets powered by a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine at present gets equipped with multi-point fuel injection (MPFI) technology only. However, the petrol engine is scheduled to get empowered by the Direct Injection (DI) technology towards the end of this year. After the inclusion of the Direct Injection, the updated 1.2L petrol engine will be offering greater power figures. The updated petrol engine will be compliant to the new emission norms BSVI at launch and will be introduced under the hood of this XUV300 subcompact SUV by December 2019.
At present, the XUV300’s existing 1.2-litre MPFI turbocharged petrol engine is capable of developing a maximum power of 110 PS. After the employment of the DI tech in the engine, the petrol engine will be generating 130 PS of peak power along with 230 Nm of top torque. The primary difference between these two engines is the technology which ensures the way the fuel is injected into the engine. Direct Injection (DI) engines are more powerful than their multipoint fuel injection (MPFI) counterparts. Then again, due to the additional power and refinement of the DI tech engines, they are also costlier than the MPFI engines. It is expected that Mahindra & Mahindra will be offering both the MPFI and the DI petrol engine options on the XUV300, and the DI petrol version is most likely to be more expensive than the MPFI petrol version.
The Mahindra XUV300 with the upcoming 1.2L DI engine is expected to be the most powerful engine in the sub-4 meter compact SUV segment. The XUV300 is also likely to be equipped with an automated manual transmission (AMT) as well. The XUV300 AMT version will also get equipped with this more powerful engine at a later date.
Currently, the Ford EcoSport is the most powerful car in its class in terms of petrol powered subcompact SUVs. The EcoSport comes with 2 petrol engine options – a 125 PS 1.0L turbocharged DI mill and a 123 PS 1.5L naturally aspirated unit. If no other automaker updates its subcompact SUV offering with a more powerful engine, then the 130PS XUV300 will be the most powerful model in its segment.
Mahindra & Mahindra currently offers the XUV300 petrol version in four variants that have a starting price of Rs. 7.9 lakh and goes up to Rs. 11.49 lakhs (ex-showroom). The updated powerful petrol engine equipped XUV300 is likely to become with a more expensive price tag by around Rs. 50,000 over the existing XUV300 petrol variants.
While the Mahindra XUV300 is yet to get a turbocharged DI petrol engine, the existing Ford EcoSport and the recently launched Hyundai Venue are already equipped with such a powerful petrol engine option in the Indian subcompact SUV market.