Mahindra & Mahindra has launched its premium Sub-4 meter SUV XUV300 Diesel variant with BS-VI compliant engine. Last year Mahindra upgraded its first model of XUV300 Petrol variants to BS-VI norms. However the Diesel variant launch is not announced officially, but according to the last announcement made by Mahindra, we can expect it in the upcoming weeks. So, buckle up and get ready to embrace the BS-VI compliant XUV300 Diesel variants.
Mahindra XUV300 has proved to be top in the class Sub-4m segment. It is made to compete with the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Renault Duster, and Honda WR-V. BS-VI Diesel version is to be offered in 6 variants unlike the BS-IV models which is available in 8 trims, with just a few modifications in the engine so as to get a BS-VI compliance certificate. The current BS-IV variants are also priced at Rs.8.69 Lakh onwards. The updated XUV300 is powered by a 1.5L inline 4 cylinder engine producing 115PS and a peak torque of 300Nm at 6000rpm. It is available in Manual as well as Automatic transmission.
Safety features: 7 Airbags, Disc brakes for 4 wheels with ABS and ESC, Cruise Control, Rear parking sensor, Hill park assist, Keyless entry(Immobilizers) and Seat belt warning. The XUV300 has managed to score a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test to ensure an additional level of safety.
Moving on to comfort and convenience, XUV300 is your pick given that it is loaded with plenty of features. Standard features include dual-tone dashboard, Digital instrument cluster, 7" Touchscreen infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also with Smartphone mirroring and Navigation, Dual cup holders, Dual-zone climate control, Push button start, Dual USB ports in front and AUX port, Rear seats with three adjustable headrests, Open storage area below the dashboard, Leather seat upholstery, Digital instrument cluster, Heated mirrors, ORVM with LED turn indicators and Electric sunroof.
The aggressive front bumper, chrome studded front grille, L shaped eye-catching LED DRL's, split tail light, Dual-tone rear bumper, integrated rear spoiler with HMSC, Body-color door handles and Black/Silver roof rails make the XUV300 more appealing to the audience.
With the Automatic variant, the gear shift is so swift and quiet that even the occupants fail to notice it. The XUV300 has the best in class legroom owing to its larger wheelbase. Another significant feature is that at low speed, the response to the throttle is much commendable. To make the drive more convenient, the gear shifting is kept to a minimum. Three-point seat belt feature for the rear middle seat is offered only in the W8(O) variant. In terms of the boot space, it is limited to 259L even in the most premium variant. With less boot space, the XUV300 is definitely not suitable for a long drive, family outings, given that the legroom takes up most of the wheelbase. Colour Options: Currently available in 8 colors- Red rage, Sun Burst Orange, Pearl White, Napoli Black, Dsat Silver, Aquamarine, Red Rage/Pearl White, and Aquamarine/Pearl White.
Taking into account the complete feature package, XUV300 has it all, whatever one would expect in a car. But the question is “Is it value for money?", when going through the features it provides with its rivals like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza or Hyundai Venue. I'll leave the choice on your hands. Better interior finish and larger boot space are some areas which the current XUV300 needs to work on. Hopefully, if they can work on these areas before launch, it will make a better version. That's it for now fellas! With the official launch and booking commencement date we'll get back to you in the next article. Until then stay tuned for further updates.