It was back in 2012 when Renualt brought the Duster to India, giving natives of the country a taste of the compact SUV flavour. Watching the success of the Duster, many manufacturers followed suit, spurring a flurry of compact SUVs in the Indian market. Not wanting to miss out on the action, Mahindra quickly devised plans to launch a compact SUV of its own. In a hurry, the manufacturer brought out a smaller and unshapely version of the Xylo, named it the Quanto late in 2012 and added their names to the list of compact SUV manufacturers in India. But with a poor market response, Mahindra needed to come up with a strategy to capture a sizeable chunk of this ever growing segment. Come 2015, a new compact 7-seater SUV shaped like a battle tank rolled out of Mahindra’s manufacturing facility. This new model (TUV 3OO) took the market by storm and gave the home-grown car maker a taste of success. With the onslaught of new models and fierce competiton from foreign and domestic manufacturers, Mahindra turned to its subsidiary, Ssangyong with the idea of bringing the Tivoli to India. After the Tivoli was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and a much welcomed anticipation created around the product, Mahindra finally brought to life a new compact SUV on Tivoli’s X100 platform, which is set to redifine benchmarks in this segment. INTRODUCTION Based on the Tivoli, the new XUV 3OO is a sub four meter compact SUV that will contend against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and the Tata Nexon. Mahindra is offering the XUV with two powertrain options and has packed in a multitude of features to ensure their offering ranks at the top of the list. But setting aside the basic check list, Mahindra strode out to reinvent benchmarks in this segment. The XUV 3OO offers customers impeccable quality, segment leading safety features and an incredibly robust powertrain performance. We had the XUV 3OO with us for an exhaustive review, here is what we made of the latest baby SUV from the Mahindra family. PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN PERFORMANCE Built on the Ssangyong Tivoli’s X100 platform, the XUV 3OO offers a robust construction and is very capable under varying conditions. While the Tivoli is longer than the XUV 3OO, it was Mahindra’s endeavour to build this compact SUV as a sub-four meter model. Mahindra has carried forward the same wheelbase of the Tivoli on the XUV 3OO, but in length the latter is shorter. This also results in a rather stout and flat front and an abrupt rear. All in all the XUV 3OO does look proportionate but it’s a different story when looked at individually. Looking closer at the dimensions of this SUV, Auto Tech Review observed that this XUV 3OO is the widest among contenders. The width of the SUV stands at 1,821 mm, while its length stands at 3,995 mm and the height stands at 1,627 mm. The wheelbase on the XUV 3OO measures 2,600 mm which is one of the best in this segment.
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