The bold and dynamic Mahindra XUV300 is a new generation to look for in the market.Built on the group’s global X100 platform, the XUV300 (pronounced XUV three double O) carries its larger sibling’s cheetah inspired design language into a new generation of vehicles. It boasts a new range of engines and a nearly unmatched level of specification to the local compact SUV segment.South Africa is the first international market outside India to launch the XUV300, which lands here with both petrol and diesel drivetrain and the choice of a W6 or W8 trim level. New generation engines Mahindra boasts with two new engines with the XUV300, offering buyers the choice of either a turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engine. The first is a new three-cylinder 1.2 litre turbo-petrol engine, which delivers 81 kW at 5 000 r/min and a healthy 200 Nm of torque between 2 000 r/min and 3 500 r/min. The second engine option is a brand-new four-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 85.8 kW at 3 750 r/min and 300 Nm in a flat band between 1 500 r/min and 2 500 r/min.All versions of the XUV300 is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, which transfers power from the engine to the front driving wheels. Head-turning design LED taillights and diamond-cut alloy wheels, the new XUV300 stands apart from other compact SUVs in the market. The XUV300 is inspired by the aggressive dynamism of a cheetah. This is perhaps most visible in the tear-duct style DRLs on certain models, which flank the bold grille and trapezoidal lower air intake. The cheetah styling cues are further visible in the XUV300’s squat stance, which is accentuated in its 2,6 m wheelbase in a body that is just short of 4 m. This stance is further enhanced by wide and bold wheel arches and large wheels on the furthest corners of the vehicle. Mahindra’s design team also added a floating roof (colour coded roof on darkened side pillars), added side cladding and a wide rear-quarter hip line that flows into LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler and high-mounted stop light. Like all Mahindra SUVs, the new XUV300 has elements of the group’s signature design language that includes full volumes, sculpted sections and muscled surfaces. It also has the distinctive Mahindra billeted grille with chrome highlights on the highest specification level.On the W8 model, the design is accentuated with LED indicators in the heated and folding side mirrors and silver front- and rear skid plates.