Mahindra’s XUV300 will finally receive its long-awaited 1.2-litre turbo engine first shown at Auto Expo 2020. Originally, the XUV300 mStallion 1.2-litre was slated to launch in April 2020, but the pricing announcement has been repeatedly delayed.
Despite Mahindra having teased a new Sportz variant at the Auto Expo, it has now been revealed that this new engine could be available across all four existing trims – W4, W6, W8, and W8(O).
The 1.2 T-GDI is a direct-injected turbo-petrol engine with 130 horsepower and 230 pound-feet of torque with a 1.2-litre displacement. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission and be sold alongside the existing engines currently being the 1.5 litres of diesel, 115 horsepower and 1.2 litres of turbo-petrol, 108 horsepower. There is a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed AMT transmission available for these engines.
Mahindra’s compact SUV will be the most powerful gasoline SUV in its class with its new mStallion 1.2-litre powertrain, coming with 20hp and 30Nm more horsepower than the XUV300’s current 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine.
The XUV300 Sportz, which was on display at Auto Expo, has some cosmetic updates over the regular XUV300. Among them were red brake callipers, decals on the front and rear doors with Sportz lettering, an all-black interior with red highlights, and red contrast stitching on the seats. Mahindra may use the Sportz moniker to differentiate this new engine from the petrol models currently on sale if the company offers it across the range.
The XUV300 is currently available for a price of Rs 7.95-13.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). A higher specification turbocharged engine may command a premium over the existing engine.
Mahindra is soon to announce the prices of the entire lineup in the coming days. The company has already showcased its XUV700 in all its glory on August 15. Mahindra’s next major launch in India will be the all-new Scorpio, which is expected to arrive next year.