Latest reports suggest that the Mahindra TUV300’s 1.5-litre mHawk80 diesel engine, featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger, will develop 80 bhp and 230 Nm of torque. The 4-cylinder engine will be a heavily reworked version of what’s found under the Quanto’s hood; the 1493 cc mCR100, which makes 100 bhp and 240 Nm of torque.
A significant drop in power notwithstanding, the sub-4 meter long TUV300 will purportedly offer better drive-ability and superior refinement – a feat not hard to achieve since the Quanto didn’t really deliver either in spades. The TUV300’s engine will be based on the familiar mHawk architecture. (OT – Undisguised spy images of the exteriors here).
Power will be sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission, or an optional automated manual transmission (AMT) with 5 speeds, which has been indigenously developed in-house. No petrol engines will be available at launch, and its highly unlikely that Mahindra will even offer a petrol fuelled TUV300 in the future.
However, a slew of small capacity turbo-petrol engines are under development in conjunction with Mahindra’s Korean partner SsangYong, one of which, in all probability a 1.2-litre unit, could be employed in the upcoming S101 (TUV100) compact crossover.
The Mahindra TUV300 will be launched on September 10 in Pune. Key highlights include a boxy, “battle-tank inspired” design with glaring references to Jeep, a seven seat layout with jump seats at the back and dual tone interiors driven by function rather than style. (Undisguised spy images of the interiors here).
The TUV300 will be available in three variants, with the top-end T8 variant featuring touch-screen equipped infotainment system with reverse parking camera, power windows, leather seats, multifunction steering wheel, along with alloy wheels and body coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors on the outside.
Engine specifications source: Indianhoods