an unwritten rule at Mahindra & Mahindra that when they make a vehicle, it
better look tough, it better feel tough and it better ride tough. In short, it
better rule the Indian roads. Mahindra & Mahindra, the kings of the Indian
SUV world, have only ensured over the years that their DNA never got diluted whatever
the size of car they built. With the KUV100 (pronounced KUV one double “Oh”),
the inherent Mahindra flavour is very much present in abundance. To be fair,
though it’s not big enough a car to be called a compact SUV, you end up calling
it one, knowing that it looks muscular and sporty. Personally, I would like to
refer to this car as a smart hatch with muscles!
But first and
foremost, the company has finally got its own petrol engine. That’s “Make in
India” at its best. Kudos to the hundreds of engineers at Mahindra &
Mahindra who slogged day and night to make this 1.2 litre mFalcon petrol as well as diesel engine. Motown India salutes
these heroes! This is a first petrol mill from Mahindra & Mahindra. Clean
and strong are the two words best suited to describe this new machine.
and diesel models come in four variants: K2, K4, K6 and K8 each offering more
and more features as you go up the ladder. Among the variants there are more
offerings. There is a K2+ which is offered with dual airbags. There is a K4+
which is also offered with dual airbags. There is a K6+ which comes with dual
airbags and steering mounted controls. The K8, of course is the completely
I drove the
vehicle on the Mahindra test tack at Chakan in Pune, Maharashtra. The petrol
powered car performed beautifully. Making an engine is not the only thing a car
manufacturer has to do, he has to mate that to an equally efficient gearbox (in
this case a five-speed manual transmission) and then all this needs abundance
of support from the suspension, the shape, the interiors, etc. For doing a good
job with the KUV100, I give the Mahindras full points.
is an all-new engine family. The “K” in
KUV100 stands for the ‘kool’ & trendy generation of youth, while UV
represents an SUV. The numeric ‘100’ represents the pecking order of the series
which comes in below TUV300 and XUV500.
On the looks
front, the KUV100 is a butch looking hatch, and with a wide wheelbase, it
provides immense space inside and stands on 12 spoke 14 inches spider alloy
wheels. The KUV100 has a sculpted bonnet like the XUV500 and a sculpted rear
too with smart roof rails. In fact, the design flow from near the C pillar to
the rear is bold and smart. The front and the rear of the vehicle carry bold
design elements and the wrap around headlamps in the front seem to taper off
all the way to the A pillar. The words “powered by mFalcon” are prominently
displayed on this side. The car comes with “follow me home” headlamps and “lead
me to vehicle” headlamps.
crossovers in the hatch segment, like the Volkswagen Polo Crossover, the
Hyundai i20 Active, the Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura, the KUV100
is definitely much more rugged and bolder in it is stance. Even though it does
not have major claddings on its sides, the SUV look is not diluted. Then there
are the pinched grille, the bulging wheel arches, the sloping roofline, the
rear door handles perched high almost in alignment with the C pillar, all of
which adds to the aesthetic appeal of the car. The prominent hood and high
beltline make the car look like a trendy urban crossover. The rear spoiler enhances the sporty look of the vehicle.
The KUV100 is
available in 7 colours of Fiery Orange, Flamboyant Red, Dazzling Silver,
Aquamarine, Pearl White, Designer Grey and Midnight Black.
stretched wheel base and wide track of the vehicle have led to freeing up a lot
of space inside the car. To ensure a lot more space, the car comes with a
floating dashboard design in piano black finish which has a sculpted steering
with bolsters (adjustable for height but
is not telescopic) as well as a dash mounted gear lever and a hand
brake. The car comes in both a six-seat configuration as well as a five-seat
configuration. The company is offering the car with a bench seat in front as
well as an option of two separate seats in front. The bench seat can
accommodate three people in front and therefore has provision for three safety
belts. The seating position in the car is high, thereby giving it a SUV feel
once you are seated inside.
I feel that a
bench seat in front has its own set of advantages—more seating space, more
practicality when it comes to ingress and egress for those seated inside,
besides instilling a great element of romance! There is no better way of
cuddling up in front when you have a bench seat. The rear seats too are quite comfortable
because of the flat floor construction of the vehicle. In short it means that
the person seated in the middle at the rear can actually sit comfortable
because there is no hunch on the floor.
There is also an innovative storage space on the floor board wherein you
can stash some valuables if you want. The rear seats are foldable and therefore
frees up more boot space. Talking of boot space, there is enough space for
bottles and there is also a cooled glove box in the car.
The car has
mood lights inside that can be changed accordingly. It has a twin pod
instrument cluster and an infotainment system with a 3.5inches display screen
and four speakers. The system can be synchronised with the Mahindra exclusive
Blue Sense App which in turn offers a plethora of services.
in-house and engineered at Mahindra’s hi-tech research and development
facility, the Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai, the KUV100 is powered by the
mFalcon, an all-new engine family with options of both petrol (mFalcon, G80)
and diesel (mFalcon, D75). The 1.2L, 82 bhp, dual VVT three-cylinder petrol
engine and the 1.2L 77 bhp turbo-charged three-cylinder diesel engine both
deliver high, low-end torque for the perfect SUV performance and an enjoyable
G80 is an all-aluminium MPFI Petrol Engine which is compact and light weight
and meets BS IV emission norms. It is also future emission protected till BS VI.
The mFalcon D75 is a turbocharged CRDe (Common Rail Diesel Engine) which meets
BS IV emission norms. This engine is also future emission protected. The 1198cc
engine delivers 77 bhp @3750 rpm and a peak torque of 190 Nm @1750-2250
rpm. Both the engines are mated to a
manual five-speed transmission. The diesel engine is light primarily because
the cylinder heads are made of aluminium and the base out of bi-metallic.
While the top
end variants come with Micro Hybrid technology (Start / Stop), the diesel model
offers Power and Eco modes. Anti Lock Braking (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce
Distribution (EBD) are standard, while the car also comes with Corner Braking
Control. The car meets the yet to be announced Indian crash test norms and also
comes with pedestrian crash protection feature.
We drove both
the petrol as well as the diesel cars for a very limited time distance at the
Mahindra Chakan plant and found the vehicle very peppy and stable. At high
speeds, it was well grounded and at corners too the car handled well. Of the
two, the diesel engine had a lot more pep to it more so because its turbo
charged and comes with a good level of torque that peaks early at around 1750
mFalcon petrol engine/ 1.2 litre mFalcon diesel engine
82bhp@5300rpm / 77bhp@3750rpm
115Nm@ 3500-3600rpm/ 190Nm@1750-2250rpm
18.15kmpl / 25.32kmpl
Front: Independent McPherson Strut with Dual Path Mounts, Coil Spring
and Hydraulic Gas Charged Shock Absorber
Rear: Semi-Independent Twist Beam with Coil Spring and Hydraulic Gas
Charged Shock Absorber
Tubeless Radials, 185/65 R14
Fuel Tank Capacity
Length x Width x Height
3675 X 1705 X 1635
243 litres (expandable to 473 litres)
Front Wheel Drive
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Variant K8: Rs. 5.91 lakh (Petrol), Rs.6.76 lakh (Diesel)
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