Mahindra takes aim at EcoSport with new XUV300

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Indian brand Mahindra has released photos and information on its new compact crossover, dubbed the XUV300. It is currently under consideration for a South African introduction, possibly towards the end of Q1 in 2019.

The compact crossover segment continues to be a major focus area for all brands, and it's easy to understand why – increasingly shoppers are abandoning regular hatchbacks and sedans for these versatile and stylish offerings. The market is currently dominated by the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta, but now Indian giant Mahindra, a brand that is very much on the roll in the South Africa, looks set to join in on the action with its new XUV300.

Neat, modern interior devoid of the "over-styling" of some previous Mahindra products.

A stylish offering with crisp, modern lines, the targeted starting price for the newcomer is below R300 000. It is built on Mahindra's new X100 monocoque platform (shared with the SsangYong Tivoli) and will be powered by petrol (likely 1.2-litre turbo) and diesel (reportedly a 1.5L) engines, with an all-electric variant also becoming available in some markets. While local features and specification remain unconfirmed, it will be available (in India at least) with items such as an electric sunroof, up to 7 airbags and dual-zone climate control.

Officially the XUV300 is not yet confirmed for South Africa but a report in India states that it will be launched here "nearly simultaneously" with India.

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