Mahindra's second entrant to the compact SUV space after the forgettable Quanto, the TUV300 met reasonable success. As we previously reported, the desi automaker has cashed in on that success and launched a more powerful version of the compact SUV, called the mHAWK100.
The more powerful motor is available in the top-spec T8 variant only, with prices starting at Rs 8.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). It houses the same 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder engine as the standard TUV300, that is tuned to produce 101PS of power and 240Nm of torque. A five-speed manual and an automated manual transmission (AMT) is on offer with the upgraded engine. Notably, this is the same engine-gearbox combo that we saw on the Mahindra NuvoSport.
Speaking on the launch of the TUV300 with the all new mHAWK100 engine, Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive (Automotive), M&M Ltd. said, “At Mahindra it has always been our endeavour to incorporate consumer insights and feedback and hence we are happy to introduce the more powerful TUV300 with the mHawk100 engine. Further the TUV300 AMT T8 variant will offer a more thrilling drive with the upgraded power. With over 25,000 TUV300s on Indian roads, it has emerged as a strong player in its segment. With its all new powerful engine as well as a winning combination of bold true-blue SUV design, premium & elegant interiors, superior driving pleasure and best in class safety, the TUV300 will become an even more compelling value proposition for our customers.”
The TUV300 faces stiff competition from the likes of the Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and its own sibling, the Mahindra NuvoSport. While we get our hands on one for a full review, check how the same engine performs, in our Mahindra NuvoSport AMT review.