The new engine makes 20PS and 50Nm more than the regular turbocharged petrol unit
After a long wait, Mahindra has launched the much-awaited XUV300 TurboSport Series at Rs 10.35 lakh. This sportier version of the regular model was supposed to be launched after the 2020 Auto Expo, but got delayed due to the pandemic and the semiconductor crisis. It is now available in three variants and with both monotone and dual-tone colour options. Here are the variant-wise prices (ex-showroom):
W6 (Monotone) - Rs 10.35 lakh
W8 (Monotone) - Rs 11.65 lakh
W8 (Dual Tone) - Rs 11.80 lakh
W8 (0) Monotone - Rs 12.75 lakh
W8 (0) Dual Tone - Rs 12.90 lakh
Despite the long wait, it seems to have paid off especially when it comes to the main talking point i.e. the new engine. The XUV300 TurboSport Series is powered by a 1.2-litre mStallion 130 turbocharged petrol engine producing 130PS and 230Nm and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. On top of that, it gets a Transient Over Boost function that increases the maximum torque output to 250Nm. With these figures, this engine makes 20PS and 50Nm more than the regular 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making it the most powerful petrol engine in the hotly contested sub-4 metre SUV class. The XUV300 TurboSport Series can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 10.9 seconds. It will be available alongside the regular turbocharged petrol and diesel variants already on sale.
The over boost function works when you are on wide-open throttle (over 70 percent), the engine revs are between 1,750 and 3,500rpm and the gear selected is anywhere between second and sixth gears. Technical trickery includes a 250 bar high-pressure fuel-injection system, forced air intercooler system, variable valve timing, electronically controlled variable oil pump and integrated oil pump.
Exterior changes include a blacked out central air intake on the front bumper with red stripes, a new gloss black grille with red accents and Mahindra's new Twin Peaks logo and all-black ORVMs. It comes with four new colour options, including three new dual-tone options - Blazing Bronze with black roof top, Napoli Black with white roof top, Pearl White with black roof top and Blazing Bronze in monotone.
Inside the cabin, it is differentiated from the regular variants of the XUV300 by the all-black interiors contrasted with red highlights, leatherette seats, the steering wheel with the new Mahindra logo, chrome-finish pedals and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.
The Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport Series will rival the other turbo-petrol compact SUVs in its class, namely the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and Tata Nexon.