Mahindra XUV300: A Car That Can Topple Brezza And EcoSport From The Throne
Mahindra XUV300 is one of the most looked-forward cars this year. And with one day to go before its release on February 14, we take a look at how it’s taking on the competition in the market. The XUV300 will go up against Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and the Ford EcoSport.
Mahindra has teamed up with SsangYong for this project and based the XUV 300 on SsangYong Tivoli. This has given Mahindra the right mix of products to help them get some numbers and figures added up. The Mahindra designers have done well giving the car new design, given that the car is based on the Tivoli platform. The slim grills, LED projector headlamps and DRLs give the car a stylish eccentric look. The side-stance gives a boxy macho, go-anywhere look to the car, an added appeal!
As you step inside you will instantly feel that the interior, on the whole, gives a nice warm feeling, a place where you’d want to be. The upholstery is all white leather material with the dashboard getting a contrast black. The car has an uncluttered, minimum button, a simplistic look which gives an easy, comfortable feel. XUV 300 may not be high on creature-comfort but it does get anti-lock brakes and dual airbags as standard. Mahindra is also giving the car first-in-class dual climate control with memory function, modes for steering feel, tyre pressure monitoring systems, front parking sensors. The top-spec model also gets seven airbags (also a segment first).
The Mahindra XUV300 gets two engine options- 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The diesel engine is actually a de-tuned version of the one used in Marazzo. It pumps out 115 bhp at 3,750 rpm with a peak torque of 300 Nm at 1,500-2,500 rpm, a best-in-class. Both the engines are mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the Mahindra is not giving an automatic option for now.
XUV 300 may be based on a Tivoli but it certainly is not a rebadged one. The car is not a perfect one with steering actually lacking feel and the boot is a tad smaller than its market competitors. But Mahindra certainly has put together a great package.
All they need to do now is price the XUV300 just right if they want to topple the class champions Brezza and EcoSport.