Indian car maker Mahindra and Mahindra recently unveiled its upcoming compact SUV, which is named XUV300 and is designed around the Ssangyong Tivoli. The compact SUV is expected to launch in February next year and company has not officially announced any advance booking yet. Now, as per a latest report by Autocar India, Mahindra dealerships in Pune and Gujarat are accepting advance bookings unofficially for Rs 11,000 and Rs 10,000 in Mumbai. However, it also claims that the amount will be completely refundable.
Mahindra XUV300 will be launched in both petrol and diesel variants initially and is expected to launch its electric version in the year 2020.
Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra said that the Mahindra XUV300 will be one of the early models in the company’s line-up of cars to adopt all new high-power all-electric powerstrains which are currently under development. He also stated that the XUV300 electric will have two variants of powerstrain, one focused on practical commuting experience while the other, a high power variant focused on being an object of desire.
For electric version of the compact SUV Mahindra has collaborated with South Korea’s LG Chem for the supply of Li-on batteries along with Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) configuration which offers high energy density.
The petrol version of the car is expected to sport a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine which can produce 121 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque. It is also expected to be mated with 6-speed manual transmission. The company is also planning to launch automatic transmission version later for the higher end variants.
Other specification which is expected to be sported by XUV300 includes electronic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, disc brakes on all wheels, 17-inch wheels, LED projectors headlamps and seven airbags.
The direct competitor for Mahindra XUV300 will be Hyundai Kona Electric and Maruti Suzuki’s Brezza.
Meanwhile, the price of Mahindra XUV300 is still unknown as no announcement has been made yet. But, it is expected that the price range of Mahindra XUV300 will start from Rs 7.5 lakh. However, the delivery of the SUV will commence by mid-February 2019.