Mahindra stretches its TUV300 SUV to squeeze in 9 passengers
Sales of the elongated Mahindra TUV300 Plus SUV have started in India earlier today. The vehicle can be purchased at the equivalent of U.S. $14,000 and above.
Despite the “elongated” part of its name, the car is hardly as big as an average mid-class sedan. It is only 4,400 mm (14.5 ft.) long, 1,812 mm (5.95 ft.) wide and 1,835 (6 ft.) mm tall with a 2,680 mm (8.8 ft.) wheelbase.
The exterior of the upsized Mahindra TUV300 Plus sports redesigned fog lamps and a restyled bumper.
Indian buyers can choose between two variants of the car, one with 7 seats and the other with 9. The latter comes with two seat rows in front and two compact sofas placed opposite each other in the back. The former ships with the same seat arrangement, but has smaller armchairs instead of sofas.
The hood cover of the Mahindra TUV300 Plus conceals a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine with 120 hp / 90 kW, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. The seven-seat version also ships with a 1.5-liter diesel that can produce either 84 or 100 hp (63 or 75 kW), depending on the version. The latter can also work in conjunction with a DCT transmission apart from the manual one. Regardless of your choice, all vehicle come rear-driven.
On an interesting note, the series features regenerative brake, which means it can charge up the battery whenever the car decelerates.
Standard equipment includes four power windows and air conditioning, but is notably missing the safety airbags and ABS. The base trim costs U.S. $14,000 to buy.
A higher trim level, available at $14,600, offers airbags for the driver and the front passenger, as well as EBD and ABS. Finally, the top specification costs $16,200 and ships with a sensor-display infotainment system, imitation-leather seat upholstery, a multi-function steering wheel, a number of USB ports, and two armrests for the driver and the front passenger.
Whether the new Mahindra TUV300 Plus ever gets released outside of India is uncertain.