on the First Drive: Mahindra TUV300

Mahindra’s all new TUV300 features distinctive elements that lend a unique look to the sub-4m SUV.

The front-end gets a Jeep-inspired grille with chrome inserts, swept-back headlamps with static bending, and a pair of square-shaped foglamps flanking a rectangular mesh intake. The D-pillar is blackened for a floating roof impression, and features conventional vertical taillamps, a full size spare wheel mounted on the tailgate (SUV style 101), and a step for easier access to the third row. Check out images & photos of latest car models in India, upcoming cars etc. Follow AutoPortal on Pinterest.

The TUV300 is tall, has a good ground clearance (184 mm), and sits on chunky tires 215/75 R15 tires. It measures 3,995 mm in length, 1835 mm in width, 1839 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2680 mm.

The interior is finished in everybody’s favorite beige and black combination, and features silver accents in the T8 trim. The plastics don’t look as cheap and the build quality doesn’t appear to have any compromises. The design of the hexagonal silver trim bezel looks similar to a certain Maruti that launched this year. The console itself features a piano black trim, and houses the HVAC vents and infotainment system. The top-end trim comes with a small infotainment non-color display, standard music controls and bluetooth connectivity. Underneath the center console are the HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) dials with chrome rings. The TUV300 has decent amount of headroom for a large passenger, but average legroom. One can switch between radio, Bluetooth, USB or AUX (the latter three have to be connected to show up on the display).

Boot space comes in at 384 L with the second row seatback in place. It expands to 720 L with the second row seatback folded down. Folding the second row seatback is a one man job, but can only be done from the 3rd row. Simply pull on the black strap and push the seatback down. For customers wanting to use it as a 5 seater, the 3rd row can be removed.

The TUV300 is offered in six colours: Bold black, molten orange, majestic silver, dynamo red, verve blue and glacier white.

Powering the Mahindra TUV300 is a 1,493 cc three-cylinder mHawk 2-stage turbocharged diesel engine producing 84 bhp at 3,750 rpm and 230 Nm of torque between 1,500–2,250 rpm. It is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed AMT (brings down the power to 81 hp). going from 0–100kph takes you 18.61secs.

Fuel efficiency
The fuel efficiency of the Mahindra TUV300 is an ARAI-certified fuel consumption of 18.49 km/l.

The braking system comprises of ventilated discs in the front and drum brakes for the rear wheels. It also has dual airbags and ABS+EBD as optional equipment in the base variant.
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