Mahindra KUV100 that had made its debut last month was launched today in India. Available in both petrol and diesel engine options, the KUV 100 is priced in the range of Rs 4.42 lakh - Rs 6.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). The company's second monocoque platform based vehicle, after the XUV500, the Mahindra KUV100 doesn't have a direct competitor, but it might affect the sales of Maruti Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 with an aggressive pricing.
Here are 5 interesting things you should know about the Mahindra KUV100 mini SUV -
1. First 6-seater mini SUV
With a flexi seat option at the front, the Mahindra KUV100 will be able to accommodate 3 people at the front that makes it the country's first 6-seater mini SUV. Though, the company is also offering its buyers an option to opt the 5 seater version with two captain seats installed for the driver and front passenger.
2. ABS standard and dual airbags optional across all variants
The Mahindra KUV100 is the only SUV in the India with anti-lock braking system (ABS) as a standard feature. The company is also offering driver and front passenger side airbags as an optional feature across all variants including the entry-level one.
3. Most affordable SUV/Crossover in the country
Priced between Rs 4.42 lakh - Rs 6.76 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), the Mahindra KUV100 is India's most affordable SUV/Crossover currently. At this price, M&M's mini SUV might affect the sales of B-segment hatchbacks priced in the same range. Having said that, the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Ignis could be the second product in this newly created segment.
4. First petrol SUV by Mahindra
The Mahindra KUV100 will get an all-new engine family - mFALCON - which has both petrol and diesel powertrains. Interestingly, it will be the first Mahindra SUV to feature a petrol engine. While the petrol unit - 1.2-litre mFALCON G80 - produces 82bhp at 5500rpm and 115Nm at 3,500rpm, the 1.2-litre D 75 diesel churns out 77bhp at 3,750rpm and a peak torque of 190Nm at 1750rpm - 2250rpm.
5. Mahindra's first mass-segment vehicle
Though the Bolero and the TUV300 have already been attracting masses, the KUV100, with an aggressive price tag, will attract people who are otherwise going for hatchbacks like Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo, Maruti Swift and others. So in that sense, it will be the first truly mass-segment vehicle from the home-grown carmaker.
Variants - K2, K4, K6, K8 (Both in petrol & diesel)
Mahindra KUV100 Specifications
1.2-litre mFALCON G80 Petrol
Max power - 82bhp @ 5500rpm
Max torque - 115Nm @ 3500-3600rpm
1.2-litre mFALCON D75 Diesel
Max Power - 77bhp at 3750rpm
Max torque - 190Nm at 1750-2250rpm
Transmission - 5-speed manual gearbox