Mahindra is working on an extended version of the TUV300 for quite some time now. The car- Mahindra TUV300 Plus, was spied with and without camouflage at numerous places and will officially replace the ageing (& poorly received) Xylo by next month.
In terms of design, the Mahindra Xylo was an eye sore and that was partly why it failed to make an impact in the sub-continent. Replacing it with an extended TUV300 looked well on paper, especially since the standard model was a bit cramped on its sides. However, the Mahindra designers have failed to live up to their expectations. The rear quarter is ugly and gets poorly designed taillights, contrasting bumper colour and a plain bootlid. Its wheels look puny in comparison to the overall size of the car.
The car’s front and sides mimic the TUV300 and almost all their features will be similar. The increased proportion suit the TUV300 plus too but as I said, its rear is a bit glued-on for my taste.
The TUV300+ will have an interior similar to the standard model but, obviously, it’s seating capacity and space has gone up. Lower variants will have up to 9-person seating while higher trims will get premium 7-seat configuration.
Powering the TUV300 Plus is mHawk120- a 120hp 2.2-litre engine mated to a six speed manual gearbox. Other engine options, like the TUV300’s 1.5L mill, could be provided on lower trims.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus price and launch date
The Mahindra TUV300 Plus will officially launch in India by February 2018. However, some customers have already received the car. Mahindra Group – Chairman, Mr. Anand Mahindra, said that that this was because they have seeded some vehicles to be sold before launch in some areas. The car will only be available in mass market after its official launch next month.
The base Mahindra TUV300 Plus P4 variant is priced starting from Rs 9.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Tamil Nadu).