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Mahindra XUV300: The Premium Fortress

Exteriors

Mahindra has integrated a cheetah inspired design in the new XUV300 giving the car an aggressive, classy and sporty look. The car comes with the signature Mahindra front grille, bold and flaming red LED tail lamps, sporty 43.18cm diamond cut alloy wheels, classic dual-toneroof rails, projector headlamps, LED turn indicators on outer rear view mirrors, sturdy side cladding, floating roof design and striking LED daytime running lamps giving XUV300 a sporty SUV character.

Interiors

Hop inside and you will see the use of a lot of high quality hard plastic in the XUV300. The leatherette seats look premium and provide comfort. The XUV300 has adjustable headrests for all three passengers in the rear. It has 60:40 ratio rear space split for a flexible boot space of 257 litres. The vehicle also comes with a first-in-segment dual zone fully automatic climate control with the option of a sunroof. The dashboard has been styled in dual-tone beige and black theme with satin silver whereas on the climate control panel and ac vents are piano black. There is a 17.78cm touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, AUX and USB and is compatible with CarPlay, Android Auto and Blue Sense apps with smart watch connectivity. The multicolour illumination console displays all the necessary information along with the tyre position display when you park and start the car. The interiors are focused on comfort and functionality with all the switches and controls within easy reach.

Engine

XUV300 has two engine variants: diesel and petrol. The diesel variant has 1.5 litre Turbo Diesel engine with electronic variable geometry charger delivering 115 bhp and torque of 300 nm. The petrol variant consists of 1.2 litre Turbo Petrol engine delivering 110 bhp and torque of 200 nm. It has six speed transmission for efficient utilisation of engine power and torque. Mahindra has also integrated Smart Steering System in XUV300 which the company claims is the first in this segment. The system allows the user to select one of the three different steering modes: comfort, normal and sport to match driving conditions and enhance convenience.

Safety

Mahindra has been advertising the XUV300 as the ‘Fortress’ and it might be so because the model was recently awarded the highest 5-point safety rating and 4-star child safety rating by Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) becoming the first Indian vehicle to score such high points. XUV300 is equipped with many ‘first-in-segment’ and ‘best-in-segment’ safety features like seven airbags including knee airbag in addition to dual-front, side and curtain airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels, front parking sensors and heated outer rear view mirrors. In addition to these safety features, the vehicle also has Electronic Stability Programme which includes safety features like dynamic steering torque, hydraulic brake assist, roll-over mitigation and traction control with Hill Start Assist to prevent roll-back on slopes and have greater grip during sharp turns. Other safety features in XUV300 include standard ABS with EBD and corner braking control, front and rear fog lamps, ISOFIX child seat mounts, tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system, 3-point seat belts and seat belt reminders for all seats.

Variants and Pricing

The XUV300 is available in three variants: W4, W6 and W8, and one optional pack on the W8 variant. The vehicle is priced at Rs 39.75 lakhs for the Petrol W4 variant, Rs 56.50 lakhs for W8 optional, Rs 41.25 lakhs for the Diesel W4 variant and Rs 45.00 lakhs, Rs 51.50 lakhs and Rs 57.25 lakhs for W6, W8 and W8 options respectively. It is available in six monotone colours and two dual tone colours: Red Rage, Aqua Marine, Sunburst Orange, Pearl White, Napoli Black, D-Sat Silver, Dual Tone White roof on Red Rage and Aqua Marine (only on W8 optional pack).

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