It’s raining SUVs in Mahindraland. India’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer has announced the launch of six new SUVs for 2021, including two electric vehicles (EVs) that were shown at the Auto Expo this year.
Let’s look at the EVs first:
This electric version of the Mahindra KUV100 is very much aimed at urban driving. It is powered by a 41kW motor and has a maximum range of 150km.
Mahindra XUV300 electric
This EV is based on the Mahindra XUV300, the popular compact SUV currently offered as turbo petrol and turbo diesel options. It will initially come with a 350V drivetrain, with a 380V launched later. It should offer a driving range of 400 – 450km. It will compete head-on with the likes of the Kona EV, the Nexon EV and the MG ZS EV.
The next generation of the class-leading XUV500 has been in the pipeline for some time now, with disguised test vehicles being spotted several times. This new SUV is called the W601 and should be launched in India in March. It is expected to offer petrol and diesel options, with a choice of manual and automatic. No word yet if it will have an AWD option as well.
The Scorpio, popular in South Africa, has seen several facelifts over the last few years. Now Mahindra is launching a completely new generation, both longer and wider than the current version. The launch is expected between March and June next year. It too will come as a petrol or diesel option.
Mahindra TUV300 and TUV300 Plus
The current tough-as-nails, body-on-ladder, go anywhere TUV300 has run foul of India’s strict new emission standard, recently upped by two notches to counter that country’s pollution problems. Both the TUV300 and the TUV300 Plus have been revised and will be relaunched in versions compliant with the BS6 emission standards. Mahindra has assured the driving public that these popular vehicles will still be rear-wheel driven and as rugged as their predecessors.
Please note that these launches are for the Indian market and as yet, we have no news on if or when they will be available in South Africa.