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Mahindra had showcased a powerful variant of its compact-SUV, the XUV300 at the 2020 Auto Expo. Called the 'Sportz', it will feature the brand's mStallion T-GDi turbo-petrol engine and few other cosmetic changes inside and out.
With the new turbo-petrol powertrain, the XUV300 Sportz is expected to be the most powerful SUV in its class when launched in India. Speaking about the launch, according to the latest images posted from the_spy_autonews on Instagram, it reveals that the SUV will only arrive by next year in the market.
The news of the XUV300 Sportz launch timeline was revealed while speaking to a customer care representative from Mahindra. The SUV was expected to launch sometime in this year, however, it has been delayed to 2021 owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
Speaking about the new engine, it will be a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection, turbo-petrol unit producing 129bhp and 230Nm of peak torque. In comparison to the turbo-petrol engine on the outgoing model, the new T-GDi unit makes 20bhp and 30Nm more power and torque output.
The T-GDI engine is expected to come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and will be sold alongside the existing engine options which are 1.5 diesel and 1.2 turbo-petrol units.
The new engine is also expected to make its way into the Ford EcoSport SUV, as a replacement for its now-discontinued 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit. Back in the day, Ford's Ecoboost engine offered the segment-best performance of 123bhp.
Along with the changes under the bonnet, the Sportz variant of the XUV300 will also feature a couple of cosmetic changes and upgrades over the standard model. Starting with the exterior changes, the SUV will sport new graphics on the bonnet and the side profile with blacked-out trims.
On the inside, it will feature new red accents across the cabin including dashboard, steering wheel, and air-con vents; among others. It will also feature an updated seat upholstery with red contrast stitching. However, most of the features such as the touchscreen infotainment and instrument cluster are from the standard model.
The Mahindra XUV300 rivals the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza; among others in the Indian market. However, by the time the Sportz variant arrives, it will have to take on some of the new rivals such as the Kia Sonet and the Nissan Magnite that will be launched in India with a turbo-petrol engine as well.
Thoughts About The Mahindra XUV300 Sportz T-GDi Launch Timeline Revealed
The arrivals of the SUV has been delayed due to the pandemic. The latest emission norms and growing demand for powerful SUVs have led to customers seeking an alternative to the diesel engines.
One such popular alternative is a turbocharged petrol engine, as it offers a perfect balance between performance and fuel efficiency. Turbo-petrol powertrains are becoming increasingly popular in the Indian market with customers opting as an alternative to the oil burner units.