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Launched — Mahindra KUV100 NXT

  • Oct 10, 2017
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The pseudo-SUV will be available in 6-seat configuration by default while the 5-seat variant will be made-to-order


KUV100


Mahindra has launched KUV100 facelift with a starting price of Rs 4.39 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) for the K2 variant with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. The top-spec K8 with a diesel heart will retail for Rs 7.33 lakh. Here's the variant-wise price list:


- Petrol


- K2: Rs 4.39 lakh


- K2+: Rs 4.79 lakh


- K4+: Rs 5.24 lakh


- K6+: Rs 6.04 lakh


- K8: Rs 6.4 lakh


- Diesel


- K2: Rs 5.39 lakh


- K2+: Rs 5.63 lakh


- K4+: Rs 6.11 lakh


- K6+: Rs 6.95 lakh


- K8: Rs 7.33 lakh


(*All prices ex-showroom Mumbai)


The prices for the lower variants have dropped from Rs 4.62 lakh for the petrol engine and Rs 5.64 lakh for the diesel engine. The top end, however, has received a modest, but welcome, drop of about Rs 7,000.


Let's start with the exterior updates. The headlamp now features a double barrel setup with separate reflectors for low and high beams. The front and rear bumpers are new, and feature silver scuff plates. The chrome fog lamp surrounds are gone, and the air dam's brick pattern is replaced with a bunch of smaller hexagons. The grille's teeth have grown longer and now bite deeper into the bumper.


Move to the sides, and you'll notice that the silhouette remains the same. The rear door handles of the new car could be difficult to spot without the silver finish, but the black shade lends the car a cleaner look. While the KUV100 launched in 2016 with 14-inch alloys, the top end K8 trim got upgraded to 15-inch wheels early in 2017. The NXT also gets bigger wheels with a shiny machined finish. Around the back, the taillights get a clear lens while the fog lamps in the bumper have been replaced with just reflectors.


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Inside, the biggest upgrade has to be the addition of a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation. To make room for a larger screen, Mahindra has removed two of the three aircon knobs and left only the fan speed knob intact while the direction of flow and temperature is managed using buttons.


The 5-seat variant will be made-to-order as by default, the KUV100 NXT will now be available in 6-seat configuration, which puts the front row middle passenger's safety at risk due to the lack of a three-point seatbelt. However, centre passenger's backrest folds forward to make for a comfortable armrest for two in the front seats. Speaking of safety, the KUV100 NXT offers ABS and dual airbags as standard equipment except on the base trim.


The KUV100 NXT carries over the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder mFalcon powertrains along with the 5-speed manual transmission. The G80 petrol motor makes 83PS at 5500rpm and 115Nm from 3500 to 3600rpm while the D75 diesel mill delivers 78PS at 3750rpm and 190Nm between 1750 and 2250rpm. The lack of any kind of automatic transmission could hurt the most affordable Mahindra as more and more buyers are warming up to the idea of relaxing two limbs in the traffic. The carmaker says that it'll have variants of the KUV100 NXT with an AMT for both the powertrains in the next six months. The ground clearance of this wannabe SUV stands at 170mm, which is still 10mm shy of Maruti Suzuki Ignis'.

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