Latest On Mahindra KUV100
The KUV100 is the first Mahindra product to get an update within two years of its debut. Despite getting off to a healthy start, the ‘micro SUV’ from Mahindra found itself settling into a low volume rhythm. Wanting to breakthrough the lull of slow sales, Mahindra has served up the KUV100 NXT. They launched the KUV100 facelift at an introductory price of Rs 4.39 lakh for petrol and Rs 5.39 lakh for the diesel version.
The NXT is just a facelift, with a few cosmetic add-ons. It doesn’t dramatically change what the KUV100 is. Updates to the exterior include a revised front end, courtesy the new grille and the bumper. The side shows off the new cladding and the 15-inch alloy wheels. Over to the rear, changes include clear lens tail lamps and a new rear bumper with a faux skid plate. The top-spec K8 variant can also be had in a dual-tone paint scheme, with a black roof.
Step inside and you’d be hard-pressed to find changes. The most obvious one is the all-black theme. The big addition comes in the form of a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but it does come bundled with navigation. Two out of the three circular dials on the centre-console have been replaced by buttons which helps reduce the clutter.
The KUV100 will get 6 seats as standard, whereas the 5-seater variant will be made to order. Boot space stands at 243-litres that can be expanded up to 473-litres.
Engine options remain unchanged. The KUV100 is powered by 1.2-litre 3-cylinder mFalcon engines paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. The petrol motor makes 83PS and 115Nm whereas the diesel motor develops 78PS and 190Nm. AMT is not available as of now, but will be on offer within the next six months, says Mahindra.
Mahindra KUV100 Variants
Mahindra KUV100 Highlights
Mahindra has answered the likes of Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon with the KUV1OO that has recently received a facelift. The exteriors of KUV1OO follow the Mahindra lineage and the updated model now features the aggressive front bumper, shapely headlamps, and diamond cut alloy wheels. Space inside the cabin is also very roomy although the quality of the interiors is average at best. Mahindra has offered KUV1OO with petrol and diesel guise – a 1.2-litre petrol engine mustering 83PS/115Nm and a 1.2-litre diesel motor churning 77PS/190 Nm. Both these motors are mated to 5-speed manual transmission delivering the power to the front wheels and the braking force is provided by discs upfront and drums at the rear. Available in the sticker price of Rs 4.39-7.73 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the KUV1OO is for the buyers who are looking for a rugged though affordable compact SUV.
Mahindra KUV100 Exterior and Interior
To ensure that the KUV100 NXT lasts longer than the original recipe, in other words more than 21 months, Mahindra has given its most affordable offering a more mature makeover. At the front, the redesigned bumper is accompanied by a bigger, sportier skid plate, the grille gets sharper chrome slats and is flanked by dual-barrel headlamps. The sides profile receives more prominent plastic cladding and the roof rails get their own subtle tweaks in styling. The alloy wheels have been to the beauty salon too and now flaunt a new look. The character lines at the sides and the rear of the hatch have been toned down a bit as well. Even the rear styling has been changed with a restyled bumper, which incorporates a faux silver skid plate, and clear-lens tail lamps with different internal graphics. Simply put, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to second Mahindra’s take on it being a ‘compact SUV’.
The cabin was always on the practical side for living and nonliving things. To match the competition though, Mahindra has equipped the KUV100 NXT with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system which boasts built-in navigation and has the support for the company’s Bluesense and Intellipark technologies. The added convenience of follow-me-home and lead-me-to-vehicle headlamps come in handy too. On the dash, the old-school controls for the AC have been replaced by an electronic temperature control panel. With the facelift, the KUV100 NXT also gained Mahindra’s voice alert system and a gear shift indicator in the instrument cluster. The interior upholstery, including the seat covers, is all black for a sporty vibe. ABS comes as standard on all variants, whereas dual airbags are missing on the base K2 variant. The real downer is the absence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which most of its direct rivals have on offer.
Mahindra KUV100 Specifications
No changes in this department, at least for now! Both engines – the 1.2-litre mFalcon D80 petrol and the 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 diesel – and the 5-speed manual transmission remain unaltered. Whereas the petrol engine pumps out 83PS/115Nm, the diesel-fed mill is rated at 78PS/190Nm. Mahindra has confirmed that it is working on an all-electric KUV100, which is expected to be launched in 2019. However, we should also expect the variant list to go up a lot sooner than that with the introduction of an AMT (automated manual transmission) unit in 2018. Mileage figures haven’t been officially revealed. Even with the new calculation methods for fuel efficiency, they shouldn’t be very different when compared to its predecessor.
Mahindra KUV100 Variants
With each engine, there are six variants on offer. The nomenclature reads – K2, K2+, K4, K4+, K6+, K8 and K8 Dual Tone. The K2 and K2+ variants are offered with a six-seat layout as standard. The others can be had with either five or six seats. If you are considering buying the KUV100, you should start thinking from the K4+ and just gloss over the cheaper ones. From the K4+ variant and above, you at least get basic safety features such as dual airbags and ABS. But if you want the funky dual-tone treatment, only the range-topping K8 will satisfy you.