At best, the upcoming Mahindra KUV100 can be called a tepidly called a softroader. Agreed, the KUV100 won’t last for more than ten metres if shown a hardcore off-road trail, but as far as appearances go, this render looks like it’d conquer every single off-road trail out there. Too much faff? Okay, at least all the rally stages then. Well, most of them.
Indian Autos Blog’s rendering artist SRK has conjured up a Mahindra KUV100 that has taken a walk on the wild side. SRK’s rendition of the KUV100 dons a bright yellow paint-job, contrasted well with a gloss black roof and mirror caps, along with jet black window tints Atop sits a luggage rack, replete with camping gear and other outdoorsy paraphernalia.
The Mahindra’s slim grille has lost its teeth, while the front bumper and wheel arches are protected by bars. A beefier scuff plate with holes in it (like cheese) muscles up the front end, and even the headlamps receive some sort of protection. Finally, there’s a set of off-road rubber wrapped around some tasty, bronze finished wheels. The side moulding with etched KUV100 branding is an add-on too, and so is the LED bar light in the middle, which replaces the registration plate.
The KUV100 will be powered by two fresh engines from Mahindra’s new mFalcon family – a 1.2-litre, dual VVT petrol motor dubbed the mFalcon80, good for 82 bhp @ 5500 rom and 114 Nm of torque available between 3500-3600 rpm, along with a 1.2-litre, turbo-charged diesel motor called the mFalcon75, which will develop 77 bhp @ 3750 rpm and 190 Nm of torque available between 1750-2250 rpm. Both will be starpped to 5-speed manual transmissions.
The Mahindra KUV100 will be launched on 15 January. We’ll be covering it live, and will be following it up with a first drive review. Stay tuned!