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Mahindra shook the segment when it launched the XUV300 sub-4 meter compact SUV in the Indian market. The sales of the SUV have indeed put a smile on the company’s face and now the Indian brand has revealed that the XUV300 production has crossed the quarter lakh mark just within half a year of its launch. Although the launch of Hyundai Venue has put a small damper on the sales of the XUV300 as the Venue has displaced it to claim the second spot on the sales chart for the segment. However, XUV300 still is at the third spot on the chart with a steady sale of around 5,000 units per month. Talking of the rivals of the XUV300, Maruti Brezza is still the segment leader while Tata Nexon and Ford EcoSport are at fourth and fifth spots on the sales charts for the segment.
Mahindra also recently launched the much-awaited AMT variant of the SUV in the Indian market. However, for now the AMT option is only available with two trims of the diesel variant. The diesel AMT unit of the XUV300 comes at a premium of Rs. 55,000 more than the manual counterpart and is available with W8 and W8(O) trims of the SUV. The price for Mahindra XUV300 W8 AMT is Rs. 11.5 lakhs while the W8(O) AMT is priced at Rs. 12.7 lakhs.
Talking of the engines on Mahindra XUV300 the introduction of AMT brings no changes to engine, and the 1.2 litre petrol engine leads the segment in torque output and produces 110 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. While the 1.5 litre diesel engine produces 115 Bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque.
Mahindra has taken the premium approach here and loaded the XUV300 with features to the brim. The latest SUV from Mahindra comes with ambient lighting, electric sunroof, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 60:40 split rear seat and more. Moving on to safety features the XUV300 comes with 7 airbags, seat belt reminders for all five passengers, disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS, EBD, anti-roll over protection, electronic stability program, traction control, hill hold, cruise control and tyre pressure monitoring system. Not just the feature but the SUV also has the best wheelbase in its segment, measuring 2,600 mm. This wheelbase gives it ample space for the rear seat passengers.