If you are one of those who thought Mahindra had enough options for compact SUVs in India (read the Quanto and TUV300), you will surely be in for a surprise. Mahindra has taken the wraps of their newest compact SUV, the KUV 100 (pronounced as KUV ‘1 double Oh’).
What’s even more is that the company has also unveiled an all new, engine family named mFALCON. Needless to say, the KUV 100 will slot in below the recently launched TUV 300 which gives us the hint that it will be cheaper than the later as well making it good value for money.
The KUV is based on an all new monocoque chassis and this makes it a brand new vehicle for Mahindra. The only other Mahindra to come with a monocoque is the XUV 500. Moving on to the dimensions, the KUV 100 will measure under four meters in length.
The design is based on a compact crossover theme and envisages sharp styling thanks to the sleek headlamps which house day time running lamps. In profile one will spot one more unique design element in form of the door handle which is integrated in the C-pillar. The KUV rides on rather chunky 185/65 R14 tyres which do a good job of filling up the wheel wells.
However expect 14in tyres to be specced on top variants only. At the back, the KUV benefits from wrap around tail lamps and curvacious rear hatch which reminds one of the Hyundai Grand i10.
The KUV 100 is designed in-house and engineered at Mahindra’s world class research and development facility, the Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai. Needless to say expect the KUV to come with a brand new dash and integrated touch screen multimedia device.
The other big news from Mahindra is that the KUV will sport the company’s first very own petrol engine. Under the nomenclature of mFalcon G80, this is an all aluminium engine which displaces 1.2-litres and churns out a healthy 82bhp@5,500rpm and 115Nm of torque at 3,500rpm. This three pot motor complies with BSIV norms and is sure to offer good fuel economy.
The other engine option is the diesel which is called the mFalcon D75. Displacing 1,198cc, this turbocharged common rail direct injection diesel engine will offer 77bhp@3,750rpm and torque output is rated at 190Nm@1,750rpm.
Moving on to the variants, Mahindra has announced that the ABS will be made standard across the range. Twin airbags will be available across the range also and the variants with airbags will sport a ‘+’ badge. Now that is good news for sure.
Apart from that the KUV 100 will come with essentially four grades namely the K2, K4, K6 and the top of the line K8. The K8 will come with all the bells and whistles which include chrome inserts, alloy wheels, puddle lamps, day time running lamps, a start/stop micro-hybrid feature among others.
The KUV100 will be available in seven colours including Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Dazzling Silver, Aquamarine, Pearl White, Designer Grey and Midnight Black.
Bookings for the KUV has also begun and the launch is scheduled for January 15, 2016..
We are told that the petrol variants will be priced between Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 6.5 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and the diesel range will start from Rs 6.5 lakh and run up to Rs 7.5 lakh.
All prices mentioned here are tentative and final prices will be confirmed at the launch.