Indian carmaker Mahindra has launched a new top-spec variant of its TUV300 SUV at Rs 9.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Badged ‘T10’, the variant gets alloys wheels, a rear spoiler and black chrome inserts on the front fog lamps and grille. Coming into the interior, it comes with faux leather upholstery and an upgraded infotainment system equipped with maps from MapmyIndia, navigation and the Mahindra Blue Sense app.
The TUV300 T10 is available in four trims TUV300 T10 MT, TUV300 T10 AMT, Mahindra TUV300 T10 MT (Dual-tone) and Mahindra TUV300 T10 AMT (Dual-tone) at Rs 9.75 lakh, Rs 10.50 lakh, Rs. 9.90 lakh and Rs 10.65 lakh respectively (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Under the hood, the T10 is armed with the same 1.5-litre engine that makes 100hp and 240Nm, found in other variants. The engine can be mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an AMT gearbox.
The new TUV300 Plus was launched to replace the aging Xylo in Mahindra’s line-up. The Xylo is based on an older platform 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. It is available with two diesel engine options – a 95hp 2.5-litre motor (aimed at the fleet market) and a 120hp 2.2-litre engine – mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The TUV300 T10 sub-four-metre SUV rivals the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. Mahindra is also readying the TUV300 Plus for launch in the coming months. It is essentially a long-wheelbase variant of the TUV300 and will feature three-row seating with forward-facing seats for the third row as well.