Mahindra is all set to launch the deeply efficient KUV100 in our market in the coming days. The original KUV100 was launched back in January 2016 as Mahindra’s entry-level model for the booming compact-SUV/rugged hatchback segment. However, it failed to have much of an impact in the market.
The refreshed KUV100 will be christened KUV100 NXT when launched in the market and will feature a long list of updates that are not just restricted to cosmetic bits. First up, the KUV100 facelift will get restyled front and rear bumpers that give a muscular and more SUV-like appearance. The vehicle’s length has also gone up slightly as a result of this and now stands at 3,700mm as compared to the earlier 3,675mm. Mahindra will also offer faux skid plate on the front and the rear, along with a new front grille with design elements similar to newer models like the Genio pick-up and the upcoming U321 MPV. The cladding that runs through the length of the car including the wheel arches has also seen a minor design change. The headlamps and tail-lamps will get new inserts and a clear lens design at the back. The refreshed KUV100 will also feature sheet metal changes to its doors and the tailgate, which will now get new “sharper and more aggressive” creases that are expected to make the vehicle look more SUV-like. It will also come with integrated roof rails and a tailgate spoiler. Higher variants will also feature new 15-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. The KUV100 facelift will come with six single-tone exterior paint shade options and as many as three dual-tone options.
The KUV100 NXT will, for the first time, come with a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment display system on the top-spec K8 trim. This system will feature multiple functions, including GPS navigation with maps from MapmyIndia. Mahindra is probable to use the same infotainment system in the new TUV-300 T10 variant, the forthcoming TUV300 Plus and the U321 MPV. Additionally, the KUV100 will also come with remote lock/unlock for the tail gate, power folding wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, a new multi-info display giving readouts for gearshift alert, drive modes and fuel economy. Higher trims are also likely to come with auto weather control for the AC. The KUV100 facelift will also feature steering mounted controls, driver’s seat height adjust, a cooled glove box and mood lighting as additional features.
Mahindra will continue with the same 82-hp 1.2-litre petrol and the 76hp 1.2-litre diesel engine for the KUV100 coupled to a single 5-speed manual gearbox. The builder has tuned the engine for better fuel economy figures than the earlier model. The major difference is expected to be in the NVH department. The refreshed KUV100 will come with strengthened engine mounts which, according to the source, has reduced engine noise and vibrations to a large extent. It will also feature an altered air-filter design and suspension that now gets a longer travel rate at 150mm for the front and 200mm for the rear, which is likely to improve ride quality. Additionally, the KUV100 facelift has improved approach and departure angle as well (20 degrees and 29 degrees, respectively) which, along with additional ground clearance is likely to help it perform better on rough roads. As far as safety goes, the KUV100 NXT will come with dual front airbags, corner braking control and ninth-generation ABS and EBD. As stated earlier, Mahindra is likely to launch the updated KUV100 in the coming days, with a marginal bump in pricing. The KUV100 has a wide competitor base, which includes the Maruti Ignis and cross-hatchbacks like the Etios Cross, Honda’s WR-V, the Hyundai i20 Active to name a few.