Mahindra kick-started the New Year with a bang as it launched the fourth sub-four-metre SUV in February. Unlike the Quanto, NuvoSport and TUV300, the XUV300 is a monocoque SUV and is based on the same X100 platform as the globally established SsangYong Tivoli.
In a different strategy compared to the flagship Alturas G4, Mahindra positioned the XUV300 as a genuine descendant of the XUV500. The nomenclature along with design cues that are developed taking inspiration from Cheetah stand in line with the XUV500 and it is a clever move as it garners good volume sales in initial two months beating Ford Ecosport in both months.
Customers considering the XUV300 as a more accessible alternative to the XUV500 and it comes with several segment first features like dual-zone automatic climate control system and disc brakes on all four wheels besides key equipment like sunroof, auto dimming IRVM, mild-hybrid start-stop system for fuel consumption, Electronic Stability Control, Cruise Control, leather seats, etc.
While it will address the price range between Rs. 7 lakh and Rs. 12 lakh (ex-showroom), Mahindra appears to be developing another SUV along the same lines of the XUV500 and it will be slotted just below it. Rumours have it that a seven-seater premium SUV is in the works and it will be termed as XUV400.
XUV400 could have a length of 4.2 metres as the SsangYong Tivoli and is believed to sit in the Rs. 11-16 lakh price bracket. Said to be codenamed S202, the SUV could become a slightly more premium alternative to the XUV300 and it is expected to compete against the next generation Hyundai Creta bowing with seven seats. Moreover, the Mahindra XUV400 may as well use the powerful engine lineup from the XUV300.
The five-seater uses the most powerful 1.5-litre D15 diesel unit taken from Marazzo and it could be employed on the XUV400 with manual and automatic transmission choices. Expect the XUV400 to debut at 2020 Auto Expo and we hope to learn more about it in the coming months.