Report: P.Tharyan; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
Life, they say is all about balancing things. At Mahindra
& Mahindra, it has reached perfection. Look at their models, each one
scores on the practicality front. The vehicles are a right combination of
speed, looks, fuel efficiency, ruggedness, safety, comfort and affordability. Mahindra says that the new TUV300 (pronounce it as three double O) is
targeted at the Veer Singh kind of customer. Before you ask me who the hell
Veer Singh is, let me tell you he is a tough guy just like me and millions of others
in India. He is the one who has taken his destiny into his own hands. He stands
up for what he believes in. He has a bring-it-on attitude to life. He wants to
leave his mark on the world and take up challenges that are thrown at him. Most
importantly, he reflects a bold and macho personality. At the same time he
wants his car to be stylish, modern, and an affordable one. In short, the
TUV300 is Veer Singh’s car. So if you think you are a Veer Singh, the TUV300 is
just the right car for you.
powering the TUV300 is a powerful 1.5 litre mHawk 80 diesel engine with a
2-stage turbocharger. This two stage
turbocharger does wonders to the engine and you can experience it the moment
you tap the accelerator pedal. For record’s sake, in a two stage system like
these, high pressure and low pressure turbos work together and thus at rpms
upto 1500 it provides enhanced responsiveness and increased torque.
diesel engine with 2 stage turbocharger 1493cc
84hp @ 3750rpm
230Nm @ 1500-3000rpm
in ECO mode
Turning circle radius
Double wishbone front suspension
Axle multi-link rear suspension
Fuel Tank Capacity
Length x Width x Height
1835mm x 1869mm
(Expandable upto 720 litres)
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
lakh onward (ex showroom Delhi)
rpm to around 2000 plus rpm, the turbos again work in tandem but with a
different set of functions that results in better optimisation of fuel
efficiency and performance at higher engine speeds.
have always built vehicles that have been tough and rugged. They may not be the
best when it comes to extreme luxury and comfort. Yet their vehicles are
comfortable and luxurious in a very satisfying way. The TUV300 compact SUV is being offered in
several variants—T4, T4+, T6, T6+, T6+AMT, T8 and T8 AMT. As you go up the model range, so do the
features get better. When the engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission,
it delivers a peak 84bhp@3750rpm. With the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission called
autoShift) it produces 81bhp@3750rpm. The torque is a stiff 230Nm@
We got the T8
model with a manual transmission for a test drive. The Dynamite Red colour got
us a lot of attention. As I took it out of my parking for a drive, I noticed
some of my neighbours staring at it. Several of them owned SUVs from different
manufacturers. I could only spot a few Veer Singh kind of customer around me.
On the looks
front---Yes, I now I believe every word that the top honchos at Mahindra said
about this vehicle, that its design has been inspired by a battle tank. The
TUV300 does have a bold design. The chunky grille, the imposing bumpers, the
alloy wheels, the tailgate mounted spare wheel, et al, they are all impressively
The interiors too are
impressive, not overloaded with gizmos and features. The dual tone black and
beige interiors look good with a dash of chrome and metal finish around it. The
hexagon shaped centre bezel looks chic. The infotainment system comprises 2-DIN
audio, Bluetooth, USB, and AUX . It has a neat and stylish steering wheel with
audio and phone controls mounted on it. It also has a sporty twin-pod
instrument cluster. There are lot of storage spaces provided inside, especially
on every inside door panel to keep bottles and other knick knacks.
When it comes
to driving on the battered Indian roads, especially the roads of a monsoon
soaked Delhi, the TUV300 is a clear winner. If any Indian thinks he can drive
at speeds above 150km her hour for a long time, he has to be off his rockers.
Or else he needs to book the Buddh International Circuit for a very long time.
The TUV300 is not a rocket or a missile; it’s a solid vehicle that can touch
speeds of 100kmph plus real quick. Thanks to the great suspension, (cushion
suspension technology with anti-roll bars), a 3rd generation chassis
for superior ride & handling and micro-hybrid technology, the TUV300 rides
like a breeze over rough patches and broken tarmac.
As for the
safety features, the TUV300 is made of
toughened high strength steel body shell for all around impact protection, 3rd
generation crash-worthy chassis, to endure low and high speed crashes, front
crash sensors and automatic door locking to prevent doors from openly
accidently. The company also maintains that the vehicle has hydro-formed crush
tips that collapse in case of impact and help protect the passengers. It’s
built strong like a battle tank and looks like one too. If you have a hatchback in your
garage, then it’s time to buy this Mahindra battle tank.
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