Mahindra showcased the XUV300 Sportz at Auto Expo 2020 and we now have news that it’ll be launched in April. The Sportz is a more powerful turbo petrol variant which will be sold alongside the current 1.2 turbo petrol and 1.5-litre diesel variants. Once it goes on sale, the XUV300 Sportz will rival the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.
The only giveaways that this is not your usual XUV300 are the decals on the bodywork and red front and rear brake callipers. The biggest change is under the bonnet. The XUV300 Sportz is powered by a 1.2-litre T-GDI turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine which makes 130PS of power and 230Nm of torque, 20PS and 30Nm higher than the BS6 1.2-litre turbo petrol. It will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox could be introduced later. Inside, the XUV300 is identical to other variants other than the red trim on its dashboard. The interior is all-black with red stitching on the seats.
Currently, the Tata Nexon and Hyundai Venue are the segment champions for petrol power. They make a near-identical 120PS of power and 170Nm of torque. Once launched, the XUV300 will have a 10PS power advantage and a whopping 60Nm more torque. Mahindra’s advanced T-GDI engine has just three cylinders, but high boost pressures, direct injection, and strong internal components help it get that impressive power output. Most car buyers look for a practicality upgrade in the sub-4m SUV segment. To us enthusiasts, the XUV300’s increased output and compact size could mean pure driving pleasure.
The Mahindra XUV300 will get a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine makes 110 bhp and 200 newton metres of peak torque while the diesel engine pumps out 115 bhp and churns out a class-leading torque of 300 newton metres. A 6-speed gearbox is standard and there will be no automatic for now. Mahindra has done well to pack with features such as dual-zone climate control with memory function, modes for steering feel, tyre pressure monitoring systems, front parking sensors and so on, the W8 and more specifically, the W8 (O) which are first-in-class features. Also, the W8 (O) variant gets 7 airbags which is again a class leading feature. Other features include an electric sunroof, cruise control, LED daytime running lamps and a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which gets smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is app connectivity as well where you can connect the Mahindra Blue Sense app and check your driving score.