Mahindra South Africa is extending its model offering with the tough, durable and exciting TUV300 – a highly capable sports utility vehicle (SUV) that easily conquers the road less travelled, yet offers a singular combination of comfort, convenience, performance and value.
“The new Mahindra TUV300 is a tough, bold and stylish compact SUV,” says Sanjoy Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa. “It’s an authentic off-roader that combines arresting, aggressive looks with a rugged chassis and a willing drivetrain.” He points out that the new Mahindra TUV300 is manufactured at Mahindra’s world-class production facility in Chakan.
“The TUV300 has been designed and developed to cope with challenging conditions around the globe, including South Africa. We believe it will attract significant support form buyers seeking something more than just another soft-roader, while benefiting from the vehicle’s inherent build integrity, economical running costs and go-anywhere prowess.”
Inspired by the design of a battle tank, the new Mahindra TUV300 is offered in South Africa in top-spec T8 form. It has a bold, rugged appearance and a toughened high-strength steel body that allows it to tackle any challenge thrown at it.
The clean, chiselled lines are distinctive, creating a shape that highlights its prominent shoulders, an elevated front end, short overhangs, the raised ground clearance, and an angular, purposeful silhouette.
The result is both masculine and confident, while also unmistakably Mahindra. Aesthetic highlights include powerful bumpers front and rear, chrome-framed fog lamps, stylish roof rails, economical 15-inch alloy wheels shod with versatile, low-noise SUV tyres, and a tailgate-mounted, full-size spare wheel.
The spacious seven-seat interior offers stylish and comfortable accommodation, with durable fabric upholstery for the front bucket seats and rear bench seat. The fascia features piano gloss black detailing and brushed aluminium-look surrounds.
The clearly legible, circular instruments for speed and rev count are housed in a binnacle directly ahead of the driver, while the digital display for the trip computer is located between the two dials.
A multifunction steering wheel offers controls for the audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone systems, while the centre stack is also home to a double-DIN infotainment system, together with the controls for the standard air conditioning.
The infotainment system includes Bluetooth connectivity for convenient, safe hands-free use, as well as music streaming. It also offers easily accessible USB and analogue AUX inputs.
The new TUV300 bristles with safety technology. The rigid, high-tensile steel bodyshell offers a strong, integrated safety cell, protected by crumple zones front and rear, as well as side impact protection beams.
Dual airbags further enhance occupant safety in the case of a collision, while the braking system is fitted with ABS anti-lock control, incorporating electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and cornering brake control (CBC). Automatic door locking is also standard.
Efficient turbodiesel drivetrain
The Mahindra TUV300 is powered by a 1,5-litre turbodiesel engine featuring twin-stage turbocharging. The so-called mHawk100 four-cylinder unit has a rated maximum power output of 73,5 kW at 3 750 r/min coupled with a class-leading torque peak of 240 Nm, sustained between 1 600 and 2 800 r/min.
Two-stage turbocharging addresses turbo lag at low engine speeds and smoothes out the torque curve to benefit responsiveness and tractability, while also boosting engine refinement.
The default gearbox is a five-speed manual unit. An Eco Mode, as well as Mahindra’s Micro-Hybrid Technology, ensure that the new TUV300 is extremely fuel efficient too.
Suspension, ride and handling
The new TUV300 features a suspension set-up aimed at offering confident handling and positive steering, combined with a smooth, pliant ride on and off the road.
Mahindra’s Cushion Suspension Technology, linked to the enhanced torsional stiffness of the third-generation chassis (derived from the latest Mahindra Scorpio) ensures exceptional ride refinement and sure-footed handling.
The independent system up front employs dual wishbones, coil springs and an anti-roll bar, while the rear system comprises a multilink design with coil springs and an anti-roll bar. The power-assisted steering achieves a turning circle of 10,7 metres.
The new Mahindra TUV300 features a raft of advanced technology features. These include static cornering lights, which illuminate automatically when cornering to improve after-dark vision through bends.
Additional lighting-related features include follow-me-home and lead-me-to headlight operation when the TUV300 is locked or unlocked respectively.
Brake energy regeneration boosts overall efficiency, while Intellipark reverse assistance makes reversing into even tight spaces an easy and intuitive process.
Mahindra’s BlueSense app is another high-tech feature. It allows control of the infotainment system, including volume adjustment, track selection, play/pause control, and more. The app can even track selected vehicle parameters.
The new Mahindra TUV300 is on sale through Mahindra South Africa’s national dealer network, and will be offered in a choice of four colours: Dynamite Red, Molten Orange, Glacier White and Majestic Silver.
The recommended retail price of the Mahindra TUV300 T8 Manual is R229 995. The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a three-year/90 000 km service plan. The first service is at 10 000 km, followed by 20 000 km service intervals thereafter.