New Mahindra KUV100 – Most Affordable SUV for Young Indians

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Mahindra KUV100 just launched in India today at a starting price of 4.42 lakh (ex-showroom) which goes all the way up to 6.76 lakh (ex-showroom). One of the most highly-anticipated cars in India, the latest Mahindra sub-compact SUV is the home-grown automaker’s third sub-4 metre vehicle here.

KUV100 will be available in four variants – K2, K4, K6 and K8. Mahindra KUV100’s design is inspired by its elder sibling, Mahindra XUV500. The KUV100 gets a monocoque chassis, much like the XUV500, and also sports quite identical styling cues. The front fasica looks beefy and aggressive, thanks to the large black plastic cladded front bumper and the muscular bonnet with sharp character lines. Furthermore, Mahindra KUV100 also gets a sleek grille with tooth-like chrome inserts flanked by a pair of uniquely designed head-lamps with follow-me-home lights and DRLs. Then there’s also a pair of LED fog-lamps with chrome inserts and a two piece airdam housed in the front bumper.

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To further KUV100’s SUV-like bearing, Mahindra has added features like black plastic under-body cladding, roof rails, large silver skid plate at the front and a tall-boy stance. With that being said, these features are for aesthetic purpose and have no actual usage, especially considering the fact that the Mahindra KUV100 offers a ground clearance of only 170mm. To help you gain some perspective, the Renault Kwid gets a ground clearance of 180mm. The KUV100 also dons some sharp character lines on the side along with 14-inch multi-spoke wheels wrapped with tubeless radial tyres.

Moving on to the rear, it manages to look quite neat; it comes with a rear spoiler, a pair of wrap-around tail-lamps and reflectors.

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Inside, the Mahindra KUV100 is offered with two seating configurations – a standard 5-seater and a 6-seater with bench seats at both, the front and rear. However, though the fabric seats look nice they seemingly lack thigh support. One must note that, to offer that additional space at the front row, Mahindra has infused the gear lever with the dashboard, while the pull-type handbrake lever has been placed at the base of the centre console.

As far as features go, the Mahindra KUV100 gets an infotainment system with a 3.5″ display screen, in-built driver information system, Bluetooth audio & Hands-free call, USB, AUX, steering-mounted controls, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, Mahindra Blue Sense App compatibility, tilt adjustable three-spoke steering wheel, and height adjustable driver’s seat among others. Mahindra KUV100 also gets a cup holder on both front and rear arm rest, and additional storage space at the foot of the rear seat and under the front bench seats.

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In terms of safety, it will get ABS, EBD, and an engine immobilizer as standard provisions, along with the optional dual airbags.

Under the hood, the Mahindra KUV100 will be powered by an all-new range of petrol and diesel engines, the mFalcon series. The petrol engine, mFalcon G80, Mahindra’s first ground-up engine, is a 1.2-litre unit that churns out 82bhp and develops 114Nm of peak torque. The new 1.2-litre oil burner, mFalcon D75, is a turbocharged common-rail diesel engine that puts out 77bhp along with a peak torque of 190Nm. Both engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Interestingly, the carmaker currently has no plans to introduce an automatic transmission.

Mahindra KUV100’s mileage is rated at 25.32Km/l and 18.15Km/l for diesel and petrol, respectively.

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Mahindra KUV100 also comes equipped with the company’s Hybrid technology with engine start/stop feature and two driving modes – Power and Eco.

Mahindra KUV100 Dimensions
Length 3,675mm
Width 1, 715mm
Height 1,655mm
Wheelbase 2,385mm
Ground Clearance 170mm
Boot Capacity 243-litres (expandable to 473-litres)

 

Mahindra KUV 100 Specs
1.2-litre Petrol 1.2-litre Diesel
Displacement 1,198cc 1,198cc
Power 82bbhp 77bhp
Torque 115Nm 190Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual

 

Mahindra KUV 100 Features:
a. Body-coloured door handles, ORVMs, and bumpers
b. Door Puddle Lamps
c. DRLs with LED
d. Multi-functional steering wheel
e. Cooled glove box
f. Alloy wheels
g. Follow-me-home lamps
h. Driver Seat Height Adjustment
i. Micro Hybrid technology
j. 4 Speaker + 2 Tweeter Infotainment system
k. Dual airbags
l. ABS with EBD
m. Anti-theft security system

Mahindra KUV 100 Colour Options
a. Fiery Orange
b. Flamboyant Red
c. Dazzling Silver
d. Aquamarine
e. Pearl White
f. Designer Grey
g. Midnight Black

 

Mahindra KUV100 Price (ex-showroom, Pune)
Petrol Diesel
K2: 4.42 lakh K2: 5.22 lakh
K2+: 4.64 lakh K2+: 5.44 lakh
K4: 4.77 lakh K4+: 5.57 lakh
K4+: 4.99 lakh K4+: 5.79 lakh
K6: 5.36 lakh K6: 6.21 lakh
K6+: 5.58 lakh K6+: 6.43 lakh
K8: 5.91 lakh K8: 6.76 lakh

Source : NDTV

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