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Mahindra XUV300 gets 4,000 bookings ahead of launch on February 14, its price not yet revealed

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Mahindra XUV300 gets 4,000 bookings ahead of launch on February 14, its price not yet revealed

Inspired from Mahindra XUV500, XUV300 will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta in the compact SUV segment.

Homegrown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra's much-anticipated XUV300 is gathering a lot of momentum before its launch on February 14. The bookings for the SsangYong Tivoli-based compact SUV had opened on January 9 in country-wide company dealerships and on the official brand website for an amount of Rs 20,000. Now the firm has has said that it has received 4,000 bookings for the vehicle so far.

Inspired from Mahindra XUV500, XUV300 will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta in the compact SUV segment. The company has also claimed that it has received over 60,000 enquiries for its new offering across the country.

Mahindra XUV300 ex-showroom price

The compact SUV will be priced between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). At these prices, XUV300 will be more expensive than Nexon, Vitara Brezza and EcoSport, but cheaper than Creta.

Under the hood, XUV300 will offer a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel one. The petrol motor will produce 110 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque, while the diesel powertrain will churn out 115 bhp of power and 300 Nm of torque. Both engines will have a standard six-speed manual gearbox. There are expectations that the company will give the vehicle an automatic transmission in near-future. The compact SUV's petrol and diesel variants will return mileage-figures of 17 kmpl and 20 kmpl, respectively.

The compact SUV will come in three variants W4, W6, W8. There will be an optional offering -- W8(O) -- as well. It will be produced at Mahindra & Mahindra's manufacturing facility at Nashik in Maharashtra.

In terms of safety, XUV300 will offer segment-first seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver. It will also feature disc brakes on all four wheels and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Breakforce Distribution) as standard across all variants. Besides, the vehicle will have front parking sensors, which Mahindra & Mahindra is claiming to be the first-in-segment, ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with hill hold assist, ISOFIX or child seat anchors and rear fog lamps. Also, there will be a three point seat belt for middle seat in the second row.

XUV300 will have a length of 3,995 mm and width of 1,821 mm. Its height will be 1,617 mm, wheelbase 2,600 mm and ground clearance 180 mm. It will come with a 265-litre boot and a 42-litre fuel tank.

SO far as the compact SUV's exterior design is concerned, its headlamps integrate with the fog lamps forming a Cheetah-like tear-duct and the pronounced wheel arches are inspired from the muscular haunches of the wild animal. The modern grille, sculpted bonnet, pronounced shoulder and body lines, along with elevated stance, give XUV300 a bold road presence. The dual LED DRLs and LED tail lamps add to the vehicle's style.

Inside the cabin, XUV300 will offer touchscreen infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and dual-zone fully automatic climate control. The long wheelbase has resulted into ample cabin space, which can easily accommodate 5 adults. It gets premium leatherette seats, stylish dual-tone dashboard and an electric sunroof.