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 Mahindra TUV300: A BS-VI compliant facelift on the cards?


Just how many segments for SUVs are there in the market? Catering to different budgets and segments, manufacturers have fitted an SUV in each segment. Take the S-Presso for instance, which is just as small as an Alto, but Maruti Suzuki calls it a mini-SUV, for that tall stance and shape. We’ll talk about that later, but the most fiercely loaded space, right now, is the sub-4m compact SUV space.

The car you see above lies in the aforementioned space. Amidst other monocoque frame compact SUVs, the TUV300 is a special one, as it’s the only sub-4m SUV to be built around a ladder-frame. So, it is perhaps the only SUV that stays true to the definition in the segment.

The Mahindra TUV300 received a facelift last year, with a few changes to the exterior and interior. Mahindra, however, seems to have been testing another facelift for the TUV300, which will debut with a BS-VI compliant diesel engine. So, what can we expect from the 2020 Mahindra TUV300? Read on.

Specifications

As far as external details or specifications are concerned, expect the facelift to be identical to the ongoing model. For reference, the ongoing TUV300 measures 3,995m in length, 1,995mm in width, and 1,817mm in height. It has a healthy ground clearance of 184mm. The fuel tank capacity of the TUV300 is 60-litres and the boot-space capacity is 384-litres. Moreover, the wheelbase is a respectable 2,680mm.

Powering the ongoing Mahindra TUV300 is a BS-IV compliant 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel engine, which is good for 100bhp and 240Nm of torque. Mahindra has revealed that it will be updating this engine to meet the BS-VI emission norms earlier. As of now, the engine only comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Mahindra might re-introduce an AMT gearbox too, as the AMT gearbox has been discontinued with the facelift last year, due to lower demand.

Expect the power and torque figures to be identical to the BS-IV spec version, although a first drive review will only reveal the true characteristics of this engine.

Mileage

Since it’s only available with a diesel engine, the Mahindra you see above lands in the sub-4m compact SUV range as a frugal option. The diesel-manual TUV300 is capable of delivering 18.49km/l fuel efficiency.

Features

The Mahindra TUV300 does not target the younger audience, for it comes with a small feature list. For those who drool over fancy features, it’s the Mahindra XUV300 to look forward to. While there are no official details on whether the 2020 iteration of the TUV300 is expected to get more features, here’s a look at what the 2019 TUV300 brings to the table.

Taking the centre stage is a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display, which features Bluetooth, AUX, and iPod compatibility, and also doubles up as a display for the reverse parking camera. However, it misses out on both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. It also misses out on the push-button start and climate control. However, there are steering mounted audio controls for the new infotainment screen.

Colours

The TUV300, as of early-2020, comes in six shades, out of which, five are single-tone, namely, Pearl White, Highway Red, Majestic Silver, Bold Black, and Mystic Copper. There’s also one dual-tone shade, namely, Bold Black.

Brochure

All the details regarding the Mahindra TUV300, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Mahindra TUV300 is available in seven variants, with just one powertrain. The prices start at Rs. 8.59 lakh for the T4 Plus variant going all the way to Rs. 10.61 lakhs for the T10 (O) Dual Tone variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.