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XUV300 – that’s the name of Mahindra’s compact SUV, based on the Ssangyong Tivoli
THE SUB-4M SEGMENT IS GROWING at a staggering rate (44 per cent in the last five years) and Mahindra has dubbed it the ‘hot' segment. And come February 2019, Mahindra will make its presence felt with the launch of the XUV300, which has the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon in its crosshairs. The XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli, which is sold in more than 50 countries and is one of the best-selling compact SUVs in South Korea. The XUV300 will be manufactured in Nashik.
The XUV300 clearly resembles its elder sibling, the XUV500. The muscular wheel arches, the visible shoulder lines and floating-type roof, courtesy the blacked out rear pillars, give it a bold look. Based on a monocoque chassis, the SUV boasts of best-in-class safety features and comes with 17-inch alloys.
The XUV300 will be equipped with a six-speed transmission and will be available with both petrol and diesel powertrains that conform with BSIV regulations and will be BSVI ready. Mahindra also says that it will have the bestin-class torque figure. An electric version, codenamed S210, is also under development and will be out in 2020.
On the features front, it gets seven airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls and sunroof to name a few. More details will be out when it is launched early next year.