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Thami Masemola
Date published: 07/08/2019
Tags: Mahindra; XUV300; Rise; Launch
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Mahindra XUV300 Launched

Mahindra has launched one of its most important products in South Africa, the new XUV300. Note that it is pronounced “three double o ”, and not “three hundred ”. That aside, the Indian brand’s baby is quite something and will surely change the mindset of local buyers in this segment and beyond. In a tough market, Mahindra SA has shown growth of over 30% and this XUV300 will definitely add to that growth.

As is often the case with Mahindra, South Africa is the first market outside of home to receive the XUV300, which we get in W6 and W8 trim levels. From the look of it, one would not say it was a Mahindra. Our market has become used to rugged, tough and even industrial products from the brand, even though there is already a XUV500 – launched in 2015 - in the soft SUV segment as well. The XUV300 carries Mahindra’s new front grille with shiny chrome touches, a dropping LED daytime running lights cluster, fog lights, a strong bonnet, a muscular side profile, alloy wheels – 17-inch in the W8 model, a black C-pillar with some character, and LED rear lights among others.

Mahindra has gone to some lengths to improve the interior of their passenger vehicles, and the XUV300 is the recipient of that latest philosophy. One is immediately impressed by the soft, but solid materials, leather seats (the rear of which can be folded flat for more luggage space), and high quality feel of the interior in general. You could well be inside one of the Japanese cars. Of course infotainment is a big thing these days, and the XUV300 has not been left out of this.

A leather-covered multifunction steering wheel can be adjusted whichever way the driver feels appropriate, while its weight can also be changed to suit the prevailing driving condition. For example, it becomes lighter in Comfort mode for better parking, while Sport mode gives it the extra weight needed for a more fun drive. A full colour 17.8cm touch screen will give you access to features like the radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection, satellite navigation, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the W8 model. Also something called Bluesense, an app, helps the driver in improving their driving habits.

New car, new engines. And these two are very good. One is a 1.2-litre turbo petrol producing 81kW and 200Nm of torque, which gives it a responsive character in acceleration and good fuel consumption. The 1.5-litre turbo diesel would probably be my pick, simply because it pulls quite well and returns exceptional fuel consumption figures. Power is 86kW and 300Nm. Both come with a light 6-speed manual gearbox that even your mama will find easy to manage.

A range of safety features are to be found inside this compact car, including airbags – up to 7, depending on the model, ABS brakes, ESP, ISOFIX child seats, a tyre pressure warning system and a reversing camera with parking sensors.

At Mahindra, our driving purpose is Rise,” says Mr Arvind Mathew - Chief of International Operations Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, “which we interpret as the way we challenge conventional thinking and innovatively use all our resources to drive positive change in the lives of our stakeholders and communities across the world. The XUV300 is the latest product of that philosophy and combines fresh thinking and our best engineering and design talent. We are very excited to see how our new compact SUV will not only wow customers in our second home - South Africa - but will allow them to Rise! ”