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Mahindra XUV 3XO: Should the Nexon fear This Sunroof and Ventilated Seat fitted Mahindra?

We were keen to get more details since we last saw how the XUV300 successor 3XO would look. Mahindra has heard our wishes and has provided more details about the upcoming SUV. This comes in the form of a teaser video that paints a clearer picture of how the SUV may look and feel.

How does it look?

The XUV 3XO will have a refreshed exterior from the front and back. It will have a new triangular design in the grille and a fresh headlight cluster. It also has boomerang-shaped LED DRLs, projector headlights, fog lamps, and new alloy wheels. 

On the rear, it gets LED tail lamps that are connected with the help of a lightbar, along with a bumper that is positioned higher. The SUV’s tailgate also gets a new design and lighting arrangement. The Mahindra “Twin Peaks'' logo takes centre stage on the rear, with a large XUV 3XO badge below it. 

What are the Biggest Upgrades?

The most notable part of the teaser would be the panoramic sunroof on the 3XO. This segment would be first and might attract Indian buyers to the SUV. After that, we also saw the presence of a larger infotainment display. This might be the 10.25-inch screen shared from the XUV400. The ventilated seats are also a welcome addition to the scorching heat. The climate control panels also get an overhaul on the topic of heat. The music on the 3XO will be delivered through a premium Harman-Kardon setup. We expect it to get connected car tech, a wireless smartphone charger, wireless connectivity, auto-dimming IRVM and a new steering wheel.

Any Engine Tweaks?

While the interior and exterior of the XUV300 became dated, one front it still did well in was the engine. It has one of the most powerful engine options in the segment, and Mahindra has decided to keep it the same for the 3XO. You are likely to get the same options. In petrol, you have two options: a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 109 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque, and a more powerful 1.2-litre T-GDI mStallion turbo petrol unit delivering 128 hp power and 250 Nm torque. 

If you prefer Diesel engines, you will choose a 1.5-litre diesel unit that gives 115 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT will handle the gear changes. Mahindra might also add a 6-speed torque convertor to the mix this time. 

When does it come?

The Mahindra XUV 3XO is expected to come out on April 29. We expect it to be priced north of Rs 9 Lakh (ex-showroom). This pricing will be a critical factor in how the SUV fights its competitors. When the XUV300 came out initially, the Sub-Compact SUV range was at its nascent stage, and that helped it gain the market. With Nexon dominating the segment for years and the Venue-Sonet siblings giving a run for the money in features, it will be challenging for the 3XO to find a spot. Do you think the 3XO can make Mahindra the leader in this category with features like ADAS, panoramic sunroof, and ventilated seats?

 

TopGear Magazine May 2024