The new XUV300 will feature a 130hp 1.2-litre mStallion petrol engine.
The Mahindra XUV300 compact SUV is due for a mid-life refresh, and we’ve learned that it will arrive in January 2023. At a recent event, Veejay Nakra, CEO of Mahindra’s automotive division, confirmed the launch for Q3 FY2022, and here’s what you can expect.
- XUV300 facelift expected by first quarter of 2023.
- To come with 130hp, 1.2 mStallion turbo petrol engine
- Likely to get new touchscreen infotainment system
The Facelifted Mahindra XUV300 will get a new-generation 1.2 mStallion Petrol Engine
Mahindra’s high-tech mStallion series of petrol engines debuted in three different cubic capacities – 1.2, 1.5, and 2.0 litres – at Auto Expo 2020. The 2.0-litre engine debuted on the new Thar and has since been used on the XUV700, and now the 1.2-litre engine in the updated XUV300 is taking its turn.
In fact, the XUV300 Sportz was also on display at Auto Expo 2020, ostensibly as a racier variant that would use this new engine, but it was never released. This engine was supposed to debut, not in a Mahindra, but under the hood of the never-released Ford EcoSport facelift, which would have been the first product of the now-defunct Mahindra-Ford joint venture.
The mStallion engines are cutting-edge, with direct injection and cylinder heads with integrated exhaust manifolds, resulting in increased performance and efficiency. Furthermore, they are built to meet future emissions standards, such as those set to take effect in 2023, without the use of a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF).
Though the new 1.2 mStallion T-GDI engine has the same cubic capacity as the current turbo-petrol engine in the XUV300, it produces 20hp and 30Nm more, at 130hp and 230Nm. Speaking of which, the current engine – a turbocharged version of the KUV100’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder’mFalcon’ MPFI – will almost certainly be retained in the XUV300 facelift’s lower trim levels. The 1.5-liter diesel engine is also expected to stay the same.
The Mahindra XUV300 will Get a Facelift with a New Infotainment System
The XUV300, which is based on a shortened version of the 2015 SsangYong Tivoli midsize SUV, has solid underpinnings and good quality, but it is now showing its age. This is most evident in the interior, which contains some dated design elements as well as odd ergonomics. With the 2023 facelift, expect these to be spruced up for a more upmarket look.
The bigger news is that the touchscreen infotainment system, which also had an out-of-date interface, will be given a makeover. Expect a higher resolution, smoother graphics, and possibly some elements from the XUV700’s AdrenoX infotainment suite, which is powered by Visteon. While the 700’s ADAS technology is unlikely to be included, the user interface (UI) may be similar, and the technology within will undoubtedly be updated.
Aside from these changes, the XUV300 facelift will have a bolder design that will be more in line with the XUV700 and the upcoming Scorpio. This includes a larger, bolder grille with larger vertical chrome slats, new alloy wheels, redesigned taillamps, the option of full-LED headlamps, and, of course, the new Mahindra logo.
In India, The Mahindra XUV300 has a Long and illustrious History
The Mahindra XUV300 was first introduced in India in February 2019, so a facelift in early 2023 appears to be on the cards. The compact SUV debuted with class-leading torque figures of 200Nm for the turbo-petrol engine and 300Nm for the diesel engine, as well as strong performance and entertaining driving dynamics.
Despite being expensive at the top end, it quickly established itself as a formidable competitor to the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and Ford EcoSport. However, it has since been unable to make a significant impact on the sales charts, which has only been exacerbated by the introduction of the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.
Though it only came with a manual transmission at first, AMT versions for both engines were later added. Other changes include the addition of Blue Sense Plus connected car technology and a recent reduction in the alloy wheel size on top models, which has been reduced from 17 to 16.
With more modern technology and even better performance, the upcoming facelift should put it in a better position against its now-entrenched competitors. However, two big rivals will also be coming first in 2022, in the form of the heavily revised Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and its Toyota counterpart, the Urban Cruiser.