Baby Chee­tah de­buts

XUV300 – that’s the name of Mahin­dra’s com­pact SUV, based on the Ssangy­ong Tivoli

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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.

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