Following the Mahindra eXUV300’s debut at Auto Expo 2020, many of its key details have come out with an official confirmation in the recent months. Here are 6 things confirmed about the Mahindra eXUV300:
1. 375 km range
Mahesh Babu, MD & CEO, Mahindra Electric, has confirmed a 375 km range (company claimed) for the Mahindra eXUV300. He revealed this month that the upcoming electric car would have the range, performance and comfort required to meet the personal mobility needs.
2. Multiple variants
The Mahindra eXUV300 will come in two variants, Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO, Mahindra & Mahindra, confirmed earlier. He had revealed that the options will include a standard variant with a range of 200 km and a long-range variant that can go up to 350-400 km on a full charge. The long-range variant, now we know, will exactly have a range of 375 km.
When you consider the 370+ km range of the eXUV300, it is superior to its direct competitor, Tata Nexon EV, that offers an ARAI certified range of 312 km in a single charge. The eXUV300’s stated range has to be taken with a pinch of salt as it is not an ARAI certified number yet, but going by how Mahindra has managed to pull off surprises regularly on vehicle specs and features, we are expecting the eXUV300 to not only go one up on the range of the Nexon EV, but also on the price.
The eXUV300 is built on the MESMA 350 (Mahindra Electric Scalable and Modular Architecture 350). The 350-volt powertrain has been developed completely in-house by Mahindra Electric in India and supports a wide range of electric motors from 60 kW to 280 kW output, dual-motor setups and batteries up to 80 kWh capacities.
EVW understands that M&M could consider introducing a third Performance variant (akin to the Turbo Sportz) of the electric car that would become the flagship of the XUV300 line.
3. Special looks
The Mahindra eXUV300’s EV-specific styling would include nuggets like closed-off grille, special LED headlights with blue graphics, modules for the foglights, deeply-cut bumpers with mesh work and the blue-tint alloy wheels.
4. Tech-packed interior
The Mahindra eXUV300 will have a few interior changes as well. It will feature a revised dashboard that houses a larger pop-out style touchscreen infotainment system, as well as a distinctive seat upholstery with blue hues. Moreover, the electric Mahindra XUV300’s list of equipment will include a wireless charger for smartphones and an upmarket drive selector. The ICE variant doesn’t have these feature.
5. Launch in 2021
Dr. Goenka has confirmed that the Mahindra eXUV300 launch in India will take place in the calendar year 2021. Below is what he said in the Q1 FY2021 results conference call in August 2020:
We are working on S210, which again (in addition to the eKUV100) we had displayed in Auto Expo, which we had said we will launch in FY22, and that is the plan as of now.
In the Q2 FY2020 Earnings Conference Call in November 2019, Dr. Goenka had suggested that the launch would take place by Q2 FY2022 (by April-September 2021) though we believe the launch, due to the pandemic, could follow in the last quarter of the calendar year.
6. International electric car
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There’s ample evidence to say that Mahindra eXUV300 is going abroad. A picture of Mahindra Europe product pipeline that surfaced online last year includes this model. Overseas reports this year have indicated that M&M could ship the Mahindra eXUV300 to South Africa. Rajesh Gupta, the CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra’s South African division, told wheels24.co.za earlier this year that the eKUV100 and eXUV300 are under consideration for launch in the African nation.
Mahindra had a mixed line-up of electric vehicles displayed at the Auto Expo 2020 that included the Mahindra Atom, Mahindra eKUV100 and Mahindra eXUV300. While the eKUV100 is being targeted at the fleet segment and shared mobility segment with a rock-bottom price of INR 8.25 lakh (ex-showroom), the eXUV300 will be offered for the private segment and come with the requisite performance to bust all myths about electric vehicle being slow, boring and impractical. The Mahindra eXUV300 price is expected to start between INR 12-13 lakh (ex-showroom).