Spied: Mahindra TUV300 Facelift Testing
In order to prepare for the launch, Mahindra has started testing the TUV 300 facelift on the Indian roads. Recently, a camouflaged test- mule of the upcoming SUV has been spotted testing for the first time in the country. The existing Mahindra TUV 300 was launched in 2015 and it’s high time that the manufacturer launches the updated form of the SUV.
According to the spied images, the SUV can be seen camouflaged to an extinct thus revealing few details about the design and styling of the upcoming TUV 300. The images reveal a new X-shaped spare wheel cover design and new alloys, while a touchscreen infotainment display can also be spotted in the photos. The touchscreen spotted on the test- mule of TUV 300 can expected to be the same as seen on the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo. Other than that, we can expect the facelifted TUV 300 to offer new daytime running lights, though limited to top- end trims only.
Under the hood, the updated Mahindra TUV 300 doesn’t seem to get any updates. The SUV is most likely to retain the same 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel engine with 98 bhp and 240 Nm of torque mated to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT. though, there have been rumors about the next- gen TUV 300 to come with the more powerful 1.5- litre, 4-cylinder engine capable enough to produce 122 bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque that debuted with the Marazzo, but as the carmaker has confirmed that the new engine will not be offered with the existing lineup, we won’t see the engine with the new TUV 300.
The existing Mahindra TUV 300 sub- compact SUV is available in four trim levels – T4, T6, T8 and T10 with overall eight variants to choose from – T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T8, T8AMT, T10 and T10 AMT. The pricing for the TUV 300 ranges from Rs 8.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) to 10.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In terms of features, the outgoing model offers a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, micro-hybrid tech, eco-driving mode and brake energy regeneration among others, while the safety features include dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts and ABS with EBD and corner braking control. The SUV also offers best in class boot space of 384 litres along with a ground clearance of 190 mm.
Not only in the standard form, but Mahindra also offers the TUV 300 in the Indian market as the TUV 300 Plus, an extended version of the SUV. The 9 -seater Mahindra TUV 300 Plus comes with a price tag of Rs 9.47 lakh (ex-showroom). The vehicle is available in three trims- P4, P6 and P8 and comes powered by the same 1.5- litre engine as the standard model along with a more powerful 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 119 bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque. The TUV 300 rivals against the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Honda WRV, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport in the segment. Mahindra has not yet announced the official date of launch for the next- gen TUV 300 and is expected to launch the SUV in the first- quarter of 2019. Currently, Mahindra is working on the launch of two new models - the flagship Y400 SUV and the feature-laden S201 compact SUV in India. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updated regarding the launch of 2019 Mahindra TUV 300 in India.
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