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Mahindra has confirmed to be working on an all-electric compact-SUV for the Indian market. This will be the 'first electric sub-compact SUV' in the country. The electric SUV will be based on the upcoming XUV 300.
UPDATE: Mahindra Automotive has launched the XUV300 at a compelling starting price of Rs 7.90 lakh ex-showroom (India) — click here to know all the details (including variant-wise pricing).
Mahindra is all set to launch the XUV 300 in the Indian market, next month. However, the electric version of the XUV 300 will be introduced only by 2020. The electric XUV 300 will feature a lot of similarities with the standard model while also having similar dimensions.
The Indian car manufacturer will be using battery cells from Korea. Mahindra has already collaborated with LG Chem for the supply of Indian usage specific battery cells. The electric XUV 300 might come in two variants: long range and short range. The short range variant will mainly be suited for personal city usage, however, a range extender will also be on offer, if necessary.
In terms of features and equipment, the electric SUV will be very similar to the standard XUV 300. It is also expected to come with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking sensors/camera, sunroof, seven airbags, ABS with EBD and a lot more.
The Mahindra XUV 300 itself is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli platform. The XUV 300 will be launched in the Indian market in February this year. It is expected to feature a 1.2-litre turbo-petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engine. The diesel unit is the same as seen on Mahindra's Marazzo MPV offering.
Thoughts On The Mahindra Electric XUV 300
The all-electric XUV 300 will be the fourth EV from the brand, after the E2O, e-Verito and the eKUV100. The electric SUV is expected to be priced below the Rs 20 lakh price range. The standard XUV 300 once launched, rivals the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta and the Tata Nexon.