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Launched back in 2016, the entry-level offering from Mahindra in the compact SUV or the rugged hatchback segment failed to make an impact in the Indian market.
The updated KUV100 NXT will feature cosmetic and mechanical changes. The small SUV will get redesigned front and rear bumpers which will slightly increase the length of the vehicle. The new KUV100 will also get new front grille and faux skid plates at the front and rear.
The headlamps and tail lamps will get new inserts and clear lens design. The plastic body cladding which runs across the body of the vehicle will be revamped to give it a muscular look.
The refreshed KUV100 NXT will feature sheet metal changes to its doors and tailgate with sharper creases. The integrated roof rails and spoiler will enhance the rugged appeal of the SUV. The top-spec variants will be equipped with 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.
The new KUV100 will be offered in six-seater configuration. The five-seater model will be available on a made-to-order basis. The compact SUV will be available in ten trim levels as opposed to 24. The KUV100 NXT will come with K2+, K4+, K6+, K8 and K8+ trims.
The interior of the KUV100 NXT will feature a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the top-spec model. The other features include remote tailgate locking/unlocking, electric ORVMs, rear parking sensors and new MID with readouts for gearshifts, drive modes and fuel economy. In terms of safety, the KUV100 is equipped with dual-front airbags, corner braking control and ninth-gen ABS and EBD.
The KUV100 NXT will continue to draw power from the 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines producing 82bhp and 76bhp respectively. The engine has been tuned to deliver improved fuel economy. Mahindra has also worked on reducing the NVH levels by strengthening the engine mounts.
Mahindra has also tweaked the air-filter design.The suspension gets longer travel, 150mm at the front and 200mm at the rear and it will improve the ride quality. The updated model will also have improved approach and departure angles to perform better on the beaten paths.
Mahindra is expected to launch the new KUV100 NXT in the coming days with a slight bump in the price as compared to the current model. The small SUV competes with the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ignis and Toyota Etios Cross.