The wraps are off the S201 compact SUV that Mahindra has been working on. Designed around the Ssangyong Tivoli, the company has christened the SUV the XUV300.
The XUV300 takes a very minimal approach to the design. The exterior is not as bulky looking as the XUV500 but still manages to hold on to a muscular stature. Mahindra says that the wheel arches are inspired from the muscular haunches of a cheetah and the headlamp integrated with the foglamps forms a cheetah-like tear-duct.
While engine specifications still remain a secret, we expect the XUV300 to be launched in both a petrol and a diesel variant mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox option is expected to be launched at a later date.
The XUV300 is also expected to get some class-leading features like a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a large touchscreen infotainment system, disc brakes on all four wheels and seven airbags. The higher variants of the SUV will get HID headlamps and LED DRLs and tail lamps. 17-inch diamond cut rims are also expected on the higher variants.