Mahindra TUV 300 Plus Facelift is aimed for small towns. Can it sell like Bolero? Is it a perfect MUV? Let us find out what it can offer?
The nine-seater version of the Mahindra TUV300 and the Mahindra TUV300 Plus, was launched in 2018. Simply over a year later, a facelift is being ready for it. It is based on the Mahindra TUV300's platform and also shares the majority of its parts and body panels with its donor vehicle. Thus revealing the fact that the revamped multi-utility vehicle is pretty much ready and about to be launched soon.
Mahindra TUV300 Plus Facelift is aimed toward semi-urban buyers and is a slow-seller in the major cities. The company must be having the idea of the design that was outdated. The front and rear bumper are supposedly going to get changes, and the front headlights are said to be completely redesigned to differentiate it from the regular TUV 300 and make them stand out.
Comfort-wise, you do see a small amount of an adjustment to be done in the third row as this kind of a seating arrangement is never said to be very comfortable especially for long rides and it'll seem to appear cramped up here if all of the passengers seated in the third row are adults.
On the safety front, the present Mahindra TUV300 Plus offers dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD, foldable steering column, sided intrusion beams, digital immobilizer, driver seat belt reminder, auto door lock while driving, anti-theft steering lock and hazard lights on panic braking. The updated model can be safer with new safety options. All of these will be carried over to the new model.
Compared to old TUV300, which is powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel, the TUV300 Plus is expected to come with Mahindra’s 4-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel engine that puts out 120bhp and 320Nm. Its performance is same as the lower variants of the Scorpio facelift. TUV300 will come with a 5-speed manual/AMT (automated-manual transmission). Since, it borrows the engine from the Scorpio, it gets Mahindra’s 'micro-hybrid' tech along with the brake energy regeneration, that is not on offer on the smaller TUV.
Currently, the previous model, Mahindra TUV300 Plus is on sale in a price range of Rs 9.92-11.42 lakh (ex-showroom). In all likelihood, the latest model would be a tad costlier. However, the styling changes and the updated engine would help the manufacturer justify the increase in price.