After its introduction in 2018, it’s time for the Mahindra TUV300 Plus to welcome a facelift and BS6 compliance to unlock a new lease of life. The ladder-frame SUV has been spied testing with body camouflage in Chennai by an EVW reader this week. The TUV300 Plus is a 9-seater version of the sub-compact TUV300 with long jump seats on the last row.
The facelift will update the TUV300 Plus with a more expressive 3D-style grille, new bumper with scuff guard and smoothly-cut headlamp lens. Captain seats are expected as an option on the second row and there will be a refreshed dashboard as well. The TUV300 Plus is the utilitarian alternative to the Scorpio or XUV500 and is targeted at the fleet owner and the semi-urban market.
Mahindra plans eKUV100 for 2020 & eXUV300 for 2021
Meanwhile, Mahindra will be bringing out the electric vehicles that it has lined up at the Auto Expo through the course of this year. It has launched the eKUV100 priced at Rs 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Aimed at the shared mobility segment, Mahindra eKUV100 is powered by a 40 kW electric motor that produces a torque of 120 Nm and feeds the power to the front wheels. The eKUV100 offers a range of 147 km in a single charge and can be charged to 80 per cent in just one hour through DC fast charging. We would expect to see the eKUV100 on apps like Uber, Ola and Zoomcar starting this year.
The second and third electric vehicles from the ‘M’ brand that are sailing into the market this year are the commercial vehicles Mahindra Treo Zor and the Mahindra Atom quadricycle. Mahindra is also introducing a low-cost load carrier based on the Alfa electric autorickshaw with a lead acid battery, to be positioned under the Treo Zor.
To compete with Tata Nexon EV, Mahindra showcased the eXUV300 long-range electric SUV at the expo and will be launched in mid-2021. Built on the MESMA 350 (Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture 350) that has been developed completely in-house, the 350-volt powertrain will offer a range of over 370 km in a single charge. The eXUV300 is expected to be priced competitively against the Nexon EV and has the ambition of luring away buyers from petrol-powered SUVs and to be the instrument for the mass adoption of electric vehicles in the personal car segment.