Mahindra & Mahindra has garnered much admiration and fame in India, mostly thanks to their line of SUVs. In a country that simply cannot get enough of these large hulking vehicles, Mahindra has time and again proven that it has what it takes to capture and retain customers to the brand. The Indian automaker had unveiled the very first Mahindra TUV300 back in 2015, and it was soon flying off of showroom floors. Now, half a decade later, audiences will soon be presented with the facelifted 2021 iteration of the Mahindra TUV300. While the exact date of the launch is yet to be announced, you can expect the 2021 Mahindra TUV300 to arrive at dealerships sometime before or during the upcoming Diwali season. While the official debut is still to come, test units of the new iteration have been spotted quite a few times already.
For those who aren’t aware, the acronym “TUV” actually stands for Tough Utility Vehicle in Mahindra’s parlance. It is this ‘tough’ nature of this sub-compact SUV that has appealed to so many buyers and helped it achieve success in the Indian market. Moreover, the name has translated into the whole design philosophy of the SUV – as once confirmed by Mahindra, stating that the styling was inspired by a tank! Of course, by that I mean an actual main battle tank, not a water tank. The facelifted 2021 TUV300 will continue with the rugged exterior appearance of the outgoing model, albeit with some minor tweaks to smooth out the rough edges. But you might be wondering, why not go for an entirely new design? Well, the answer to that is quite simple and straight-forward. Why fix something that isn’t broken?
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Therefore, the updates to the exterior of the upcoming 2021 Mahindra TUV300 aren’t groundbreaking by any measure. However, given that the nameplate had only just received a mid-cycle update last year, the lack of a complete design overhaul is to be expected. Having stated that, the 2021 TUV300 will come with a revamped front bumper and grille, while also featuring newer headlamps with LED daytime running lights similar to the ones found on the XUV500. Along the sides, there don’t seem to be any noticeable alterations between the upcoming model and the outgoing one – although a slightly different alloy design and black roof rails are likely. At the back, the only real change to 2021 TUV300’s styling comes in the form of new, clear-lens tail lamps.
We can expect Mahindra to have updated the interior of the 2021 TUV300 ever so slightly over the outgoing iteration. However, I don’t think that any changes (if executed) are going to be very apparent. Among the items that you might find in the brochure, expect features such as keyless entry, steering-mounted audio controls, rear parking camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay to be present. Some of the other equipment in the catalogue will include dual front airbags, Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), and rear parking sensors. As for the interior quality of the upcoming TUV300, it would be wise of the automaker to have upgraded some of the plastics and touch surfaces for a more pleasant ambiance. However, only time will tell us the whole tale.
The biggest change under the clamshell hood of the 2021 Mahindra TUV300 has to do with its engine – it is now BS6 compliant. When the stricter emission norms were mandated for new vehicles sold in India, Mahindra had pulled the plug on launching the new TUV300. However, with this updated model, the automaker can finally go back to selling its favorite sub-compact SUV. In its older guise, the TUV300’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel motor used to produce around 99hp and 240Nm of torque. This would then be channeled to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox, though it is not clear whether Mahindra will offer an AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) this time around.
The body-on-frame Mahindra TUV300 isn’t a vehicle particularly known for being agile or quick on its feet. Its top speed is in the neighborhood of 155 kmph, while the sprint to 100 kmph takes nearly 14 seconds to accomplish. Since it is highly unlikely that Mahindra would have made any changes to the powerplant, I expect these numbers will remain the same with the BS6 iteration as well. In terms of its pricing, the 2021 Mahindra TUV300 would be a touch more expensive than its predecessor. Upon launch, the new TUV300 will compete with players like the Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, and the upcoming Nissan Magnite.
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