Tapping in: Mahindra XUV300 launched

2019-05-29 06:01
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HAVING declared South Africa its “second home” after opening a pick-up assembly plant at Dube Tradeport, Mahindra felt it fitting to release its new XUV300 (pronounced ex yew vee, three double oh) mini-SUV, in Durban recently.

Based on the SsangYong Tivoli but using different engines for this application, it is that company’s first new venture since Mahindra bought a 70% stake, to rescue it from bankruptcy protection in 2010.

Said stake was increased to 74,6% this past January.

The local line-up consists of four models. That’s two engines; 1,2 petrol and 1,5 diesel, two trim levels; H6 and H8, one six-speed manual gearbox and, at present available in 4x2 only. Spoiler: Mahindra trim levels run from H2 to H10, lowest to highest, but not all are offered in any single product range.

The walk-through: H6 gives you air conditioning and electric windows; fabric seats; LED tail lamps; follow-me and escort headlights; 16” steel wheels; electric tailgate release and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment centre with satnav, Smartwatch connectivity, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary, four speakers and remote on the steering wheel.

Safety equipment includes two airbags; disc brakes front and rear with ABS, EBD and cornering brake control; automatic door locks that self-release in case of impact; a full set of three-point seatbelts, high level brake light and ISOFix child seat anchors.

H8 ups the game with seven airbags, ESP with rollover mitigation, front and rear foglamps, reversing camera, parking sensors at both ends, hill holder, tyre pressure monitoring and auto-dimming interior mirror.

Outside “flash” consists of 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, chromed grille, two-tone roof rails, silver-coloured skid plates and folding wing mirrors with indicator repeaters.

Luxury touches: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, one-touch up and down for the driver’s window, keyless entry and start, electric sunroof, automatic headlamps and wipers, leatherette upholstery and two dash-mounted tweeters.

Engines : First is a 1 200 cc, three-cylinder turbopetrol unit developing 81 kW at 5 000 rpm with 200 Nm between 2 000- and 3 500 rpm.

Then there’s a four-cylinder, 1,5-litre turbodiesel producing 85 kW at 3 750 rpm and 300 Nm between 1 500- and 2 500 revs.

No performance figures have been made available although an Indian report cited the diesel version as doing 0-to-100 km/h in 15 seconds and topping out at 150 km/h.

As for fuel consumption, sources in that country estimate 5,0 l/100 km for the diesel engine and 5,88 l/100 km for petrol.

Officially, we will have to wait and see but both engines are new and should prove compe-titive.

A brief test drive, in an H8 diesel, into North Coast cane fields proved performance to be perfectly acceptable, build quality solid and comfort on par with other Made-in-India vehicles — in other words, pretty good.

INFORMATION GATHERED AT A

MANUFACTURER-SPONSORED PRESS EVENT

Prices range from R249 999 to R324 999.

Fuel economy: See text

Luggage: 325 litres

Warranty: 5 years/150 000 km with roadside assistance

Service plan: 5 years/90 000 km

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