Style is a constant and the auto industry uses this strategy to survive. Mahindra and Mahindra have had their fair share of reputation with the launch of the stunning XUV 500. It goes to show that Indian consumers prefer stylish SUV to the somewhat box-shaped SUVs. The delight is in the design and of course the XUV boasts its Tall Macho Looks, Heavy Body Build and Design. Based on the very same concept, the company had conceived the idea of bringing out a rather budget friendly SUV that carries most of the styling from its older sibling (XUV 500) and naming it TUV 300.
Tough Utility Vehicle
The TUV Three double O is the new avatar of the XUV 500. This vehicle would cater in to segment of Diesel SUV Lovers in range of 7 to 11 Lac Price Segment. Although the sales numbers of Mahindra & Mahindra aren’t the headline grabbing type, the company is at its best to being some of the best looking SUV’s to the industry. At present, there are two Mahindra vehicles that are constantly getting spotted while testing rigorously on the Indian roads. On one hand, there is the 2014 Mahindra Scorpio facelift which is getting spied in and out every now and then, and is expected to be major launch in this year’s festive season. On the other, there is the Mahindra S101 compact SUV (TUV 300), which is going to be Mahindra’s sub-4 meter answer to the very popular Ford Ecosport.
Mahindra certainly shows its anxiety when it comes to the launch of the new compact SUV. With an offering like Quanto that lacks the desired luster, Mahindra is cautious about the design language. The new Mahindra compact SUV, which is still codenamed as the S101 is quite likely to be named TUV 300.
Expected to launch sometime in 2015, the TUV300 will snuggle into the 4-meter category and is sure to avail plenty of tax benefits. The S101 or TUV 300 is going to be an exciting concept that is going to be packed with features to enjoy loads of comfort and entertainment. Mahindra is among the first to explore depths of SUV design and technology. These vehicles look sporty and stylish at the same time, evident with the grand design of XUV500. With competitors like Renault Duster, VW taigun, Ford Ecosport on the lookout, Mahindra is aware of the level of features and value additions it has to offer to attain control of the market.
To add some sort of excitement, here is a possible list of features that might enthrall you. The TUV 300 might be loaded with features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Furthermore, it might have Engine Immobilizer, Child-Protection Door Locks and Central Locking. There is also digital Clock, Tachometer, Low Fuel Warning, Parking Brake Indicator, Door Ajar Warning etc that can be considered.
For lighting the SUV gets Front Fog Lights, Rear Fog Lights, Headlight Leveler, ORVM Turn Indicators, interior Room Lamp, Standard Halogen Headlamps, Music System, AUX Compatibility, USB Compatibility, AM/FM Radio, Roof Antenna, Bluetooth Compatibility, Front and rear Headrest (Adjustable), Folding Rear Seats and Driver Seat Adjustment are definitely a great combination.
The Interiors on the TUV 300 are supposedly the plush type that comes packed with a grand punch. The inclusion of Dual Tone Interiors, Glove Box, Day & Night Inside Rear View Mirror and Leather Steering and Gear knob can be expected. To assure safety of passenger and rider there are Seatbelt Reminder, Dual Horns, First-aid kit, Rear View Camera, Rear Seat Belts, Airbags, Front Seat Belts and Parking Sensors.
The TUV 300 is expected to have a seating arrangement of 3+3. This could also mean the introduction of a bench seat in the front row and hence, the gear lever will have to be placed on the dashboard instead of the floor. This is exactly what was spotted in some recently released spy shots that revealed a part of the TUV 300’s interiors flaunting a dash mounted gearshift lever.
The TUV 300 is expected to come in all new Diesel Engine on Lines of Mhawk – yet Powerful at around 100 PS Power with Option of 16 Inch Alloy Wheels in Top End along with 6 Inches Touchscreen Infotainment System as seen in XUV500 – would compete against likes of Ecosport, Duster and Creta 1.4 Litre Engine. The car will be powered by 1493 cc 1.5L, turbocharged diesel engine which can offer 100 BHP (expected) power and 240 NM (expected) torque on ride. Engine mated to 5-speed manual gears for a smooth transmission.
The muscularly designed car has Alloy Wheels, Spare Wheel and Tubeless Tyres. The car will be appealing on exterior and will features and options like Tinted Glass, Roof Rails, Door Black out Tapes, Body Colored Bumpers, Body Colored Door Handles, Spare Tyre Cover, Locking Wheel Nut for Spare Wheel, Body Colored Outside Mirrors, Mud Flaps, Both Side, Electrically adjustable mirrors etc.
The Mahindra TUV 300 will range between Rs. 7 lacs to Rs. 11 lacs.