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Mahindra is gearing up to launch the KUV100 NXT - the facelifted version of the KUV100 - in India on October 10, 2017. The KUV100 NXT is a heavily updated model of Mahindra's current entry-level vehicle.
With the SUV market booming in India, Mahindra launched the KUV100 back in January 2016; however, the micro SUV failed to impress many buyers in India. The reason for the weak sales was attributed mainly to its design.
Mahindra has christened the facelift of the micro SUV as KUV100 NXT, and the same was recently spotted at a dealership. The home-grown auto giant is hoping to turn the tide with the updated KUV100 NXT.
Here are the main changes that the Mahindra KUV100 NXT features and you should know about.
The most prominent change on the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is the design. The KUV100 NXT gets revised front and rear bumpers that give the KUV100 NXT a muscular and chiselled look. Mahindra has increased the length by 25mm, but this is due to the re-designed bumpers.
The KUV100 NXT now comes with faux skid plates at the front and rear along with a new front grille which is in sync with the design of recent Mahindra models.
On the side, the plastic cladding which runs along the wheel arches and the doors, have been redesigned, leaving a leaner looking KUV100. Though the design of the headlamps and tail-lamps remain the same, Mahindra has re-arranged the elements in the cluster.
The sheet metal of the KUV100 NXT has been tinkered at the doors and at the tailgate which makes it look sharper. The new creases emphasize the SUV-like characteristics of the KUV100 NXT by making it look more aggressive.
Additionally, the KUV100 NXT comes with roof rails and a tailgate spoiler. The top variant is shod with new 15-inch machine cut alloy wheels.
Mahindra has also worked on the interior of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT. The insides of the small SUV receives minor tweaks with two interior shades on offer. The top variant will get an all-black layout while the lower trim will receive grey interiors.
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT is equipped with a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring several functions. It includes GPS navigation with maps from MapmyIndia. However, it does miss out on Android Auto connectivity feature.
Additionally, the new KUV100 facelift will feature remote lock/ unlock for the tailgate, electrically foldable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, new driver multi-information screen displaying drive modes and fuel economy.
The KUV100 NXT also comes with steering wheel mounted audio controls, adjustable driver seat height, cooled glovebox, and mood lighting.
Mechanically, the new Mahindra KUV100 NXT remains unchanged and will continue to draw power from either an 82bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 72bhp 1.2-litre diesel engine. Both motors units come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Safety also has been taken care of, as the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is also equipped with dual front airbags, corner braking control and ninth-generation ABS and EBD etc.
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT will rival the likes of the Honda WR-V, Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross and Maruti Ignis. But the KUV100 NXT is expected to face severe competition from the Honda WR-V, which has been performing well in the market.
That said, the new Mahindra KUV100 NXT is much better looking and sporty than the previous model.