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Mahindra XUV300 with 131 hp Gets ICAT Approval

The XUV300 Sportz could finally hit showrooms soon after multiple delays.

At the Auto Expo 2020, Mahindra unveiled a spicier ‘Sportz’ variant of the XUV300 for the first time. The model in question was a sportier turbo-petrol version of the compact SUV, set to debut in April 2020. Multiple delays were caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a variety of other factors. The company is finally preparing to release this model in showrooms.

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  • XUV300 to get more powerful turbo petrol
  • Will be available with manual only
  • To be offered in 3 sub-variants – W6, W8 and W8(O)

The XUV300 Sportz variant has received approval from ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology), Manesar, an Indian automotive certification agency. This variant will be powered by a 1.2-litre direct injection three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that produces 131 horsepower and 230 Nm, which is 21 horsepower and 30 Nm more than the standard petrol XUV300. A single 6-speed manual gearbox will transmit power to the front wheels.

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Mahindra will also equip it with a mild-hybrid start-stop system to help it meet CAFE targets by reducing CO2 emissions. It will also assist owners in keeping track of their vehicle’s fuel consumption while it is idling.

The XUV300 Sportz is expected to come in three sub-variants: W6, W8, and W8(O), with similar equipment levels as the top-spec variants with the standard engine. To name a few features, it would have 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, auto headlamps and wipers, ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, dual-zone climate control, and cruise control.

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On the outside, there were some body decals and red front brake calipers, and on the inside, there were black interiors with red stitching, which could be seen on the production version as well.

Launch of Mahindra XUV300

While no specific launch dates have been announced, the fact that the authorising agency has certified it suggests that it will happen soon. The XUV300 Sportz will compete against the Hyundai Venue N Line, a sportier version of the Venue compact SUV that will debut on June 16, 2022.

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