Mahindra has been testing a few vehicles that will be hitting the Indian markets soon. One of those vehicles is an MPV, set to rival the Innova Crysta, the leader in this particular segment.
The other vehicle being tested looks similar to the TUV300, but with an elongated body. While previous reports suggested that the vehicle could be called the TUV500, fresh findings have revealed that Mahindra has trademarked the 'TUV300 Plus' name.
The longer version of the TUV300 has been spied testing on a few occasions, revealing some key design elements such as the boxy design and the square-ish wheel arches. The overall design is similar to the TUV300.
Major changes could be inside the vehicle, such as a dual-tone finish and an infotainment system with navigation and more. Mahindra could offer premium touches, even a few components from the XUV500 for the new vehicle, as the TUV300 Plus will be positioned above the TUV300.
Coming to the engine, there are two possibilities - the carmaker could use the same 1.5-litre engine from the TUV300 and retune it extract more performance, or borrow the 2.2-litre diesel engine from the Scorpio.
The launch of the TUV300 Plus, however, is expected to take place somewhere around the festive season, most likely after Mahindra launches the facelifted Scorpio, which has also been seen doing rounds with minor camouflage.
Mahindra has been the king of the SUV segment in India ever since the launch of the first Scorpio in 2002. While the SUV market has grown multiple folds, competition has also become intense, pushing Mahindra to come up with new vehicles.
The TUV300 is contributing decent sales figures for the carmaker and the longer version of the vehicle, the TUV300 Plus is expected to cater towards more customers.