Mahindra TUV300 Plus ready for launch
Mahindra is all set to launch the log wheelbase version of the TUV300 SUV. Slated to be called Mahindra TUV300 Plus, this new SUV will hit showrooms in the coming months. A new set of spy images shows the TUV300 Plus in its final production form, being tested on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The body on the Plus looks more proportionate as compared to the shorter version. Mahindra has tweaked the rear styling a bit and the TUV300 Plus gets new-design tail-lamps that extend to the sides. While the TUV300 Plus shares most of its exterior and interior bits with the sub-4-meter TUV300, it will come with a dissimilar power plant under its hood. The Mahindra TUV300 Plus, as reported by us earlier, gets a 120hp, 1.99-litre engine. This is the same motor that is available exclusively on the Mahindra Scorpio sold in the Delhi-NCR region. There are talks of Mahindra offering a 2.2-litre diesel variant too. Dealer sources tell us that the SUV will be available in multiple seating configurations, with the lower spec trims getting as many as nine seats.
From the images we can see that the Mahindra TUV300 Plus has rented a host of exterior and interior features from the present TUV300. But unlike the TUV300, which is a compact sub 4 meter SUV, the TUV300 Plus is a long wheelbase SUV which will offer three rows seating. In the business line-up it will sit underneath the Scorpio but above the TUV300.
Interiors sport a dual tone in black and beige while central console is finished in a matte black theme. The model in the spy images looks like a base optional with standard wheels, no touchscreen infotainment system, etc. Top end optional will get much premium interiors and better features. All variants will get forward facing third row seats.
The new TUV300 Plus will replace the aging Xylo in Mahindra’s line-up. The Xylo is based on an older stage and has been on sale in India since 2009. It was given a comprehensive update in 2012 and a minor refresh in 2014, though it didn’t quite make an impact in the segment. Moreover, Mahindra is also gearing up to launch the U321 MPV in January 2018, which will take on the likes of the Toyota Innova Crysta. It will be followed by an all-new compact SUV expected in mid-2018 that will be based on the SsangYong Tivoli. The automaker has also established that a new SsangYong Rexton will arrive in India by Diwali 2018 with a Mahindra badge.