Mahindra unveiled its new-generation 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with direct injection at Auto Expo 2020, however it took the carmaker over two years to launch it available in the market. The engine has lastly made its debut within the Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport, and we skilled it on a gymkhana circuit. Has it been well worth the wait? Right here’s what we predict.
Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport: engine impressions
Christened mStallion 130, this turbo-petrol unit belongs to the identical engine household as the two.0-litre turbo-petrol that does obligation on the XUV700, Scorpio and Thar. The XUV300 TurboSport is a three-cylinder unit displacing 1,197cc, just like the prevailing 110hp 1.2-litre turbo-petrol model, which sells alongside.
However this mStallion 130 is fitted with a brand new turbocharger, high-pressure direct injection and variable valve timing, amongst different ancillaries. Consequently, not solely does it include the promise of an iCAT-certified 18.2kpl gasoline effectivity (vs 17kpl of the XUV300), however it additionally boasts of class-best energy and torque figures of 131hp and 230Nm (21hp and 30Nm extra).
Curiously, it will get an overboost operate, which helps extract a further 20Nm for a brief period, when the accelerator is pressed over 70 p.c, between gears 2-6, and when engine speeds are within the 1,750-3,500rpm vary.
The engine is not merely extra highly effective but additionally extra gasoline environment friendly than the usual 1.2 turbo.
Our drive expertise was restricted to a decent gymkhana circuit, however what we will affirm is that this engine may be very refined, and even at greater revs, the standard three-cylinder thrum is well-contained.
What additionally makes a powerful first impression is the way in which this engine responds to accelerator inputs. Like its greater 2.0-litre sibling, this 1.2-litre doesn’t seem to be it’s tuned for effectivity. Not like most turbo-petrol automobiles the place throttle responses are dulled down in favour of emissions and gasoline effectivity, this Mahindra doesn’t appear to carry again on efficiency, desperate to ship at each flex of your proper foot. It isn’t devoid of turbo lag, however maintain it spinning between 1,900 and three,800rpm and its tidal wave of torque will make fast-paced drives a breeze.
The responsive engine makes it much more thrilling to drive.
And whereas this isn’t a high-revving engine, with torque supply petering out relatively sharply past 4,500rpm, its diesel-like mid-range is prone to satiate the efficiency wants of most driving fanatics. Mahindra claims that the XUV300 will rush from 0-100kph in a relatively spectacular 10.9 seconds, making it faster than all its rivals. We haven’t gotten an opportunity to corroborate Mahindra’s claims, but when true, it will likely be virtually 2 seconds faster than the usual 110hp turbo-petrol.
Like the usual model, the 6-speed guide slots into gates easily, though the throws stay lengthy and so is the journey of its clutch pedal. We’ll reserve our feedback on different elements until we get an opportunity to judge this automotive in additional element, so keep tuned.
Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport: design, inside
Mahindra designers have used the textbook formulation of purple equals to sporty, therefore have garnished its exteriors with purple highlights, and purple T-GDi and W8 (variant) badges. Our check automotive sported a brand new ‘Blazing Bronze’ paint, which coupled with the purple touches and the XUV300’s oddball proportions will divide opinions. These apart, like the usual XUV300, it now wears Mahindra’s new Twin Peaks emblem, will get 17-inch alloys and an elective dual-tone roof.
New paint with purple touches will divide opinions.
The inside design stays unchanged, however the cabin will get an all-black theme and racier-looking pedals. Sadly, Mahindra didn’t use this chance to reinforce the inside, which is in dire want of a makeover, and the dashboard, specifically, merely seems too dated in comparison with the competitors.
Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport: options
Its characteristic record stays similar to the usual model with the top-spec variant getting equipment like a sunroof, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone local weather management, all-wheel disc brakes, auto headlamps and wipers. Ventilated entrance seats, wi-fi charging, full-LED headlamps, 360-degree digicam, wi-fi smartphone integration and nicer sounding audio system are nonetheless not provided.
The T-GDi is obtainable in three variants – Rs 10.35 lakh, ex-showroom, for the W6, Rs 11.65 lakh for the W8, and Rs 12.75 lakh for the W8 (O) variant, making it Rs 36,000-49,000 pricier than the usual petrol-manual. It continues to be the most costly sub-4m compact SUV on the market.
Mahindra XUV300 TurboSport: ought to I purchase one?
Let’s tackle the elephant within the room first – its pricing. Sure, the XUV300 was already among the many priciest automobiles in its class and with the introduction of the TurboSport, it turns into the most costly one on the market. Its interiors are dated, its boot is small and it continues to overlook a number of fashionable options anticipated in a automotive of this worth, thus it doesn’t spell nice worth.
The XUV300’s strengths stay its stable construct with a 5-star International NCAP crash check rating, its spacious cabin and its assured driving manners. Now the brand new extra highly effective engine and the guide transmission have made the XUV300 much more thrilling to drive. We should commend Mahindra for placing within the effort to appease driving fanatics, particularly at a time when automobiles are getting duller to drive. If solely Mahindra had addressed the XUV300’s shortcomings (its interiors and its characteristic record) with this iteration, it will have change into a lot simpler to advocate.