Mahindra recently introduced a special-edition derivative of its entry-level KUV 100 NXT and it’s called the #Dare.
The #Dare will only be available in the budget-friendly K2+ version at R155 999 and will enter the line-up as a permanent addition, slotting in between the entry-level K2+ and the K6+ models.
“We have introduced the #DARE in response to the popularity of the KUV100 among the youth and those who are young-at-heart. It is packed with extra style features and interior luxuries, but it remains a highly affordable option in the compact hatch and compact crossover market,” says Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.
Mahindra’s all-new Special Fitment Centre in Gauteng, where its team of trained technicians with four dedicated assembly lines will convert a standard KUV100 NXT K2+ into a #Dare.
The additional features include a 14-inch black alloy wheels and some #Dare decals.
The interior receives a special Pioneer audio system, which converts the owner’s smartphone into an infotainment control centre. From here, the owner can access his or her phone’s features and music, while also using it to control the audio system.
You also get central locking, a custom embossed carpet set and a rear parcel shelf.
Among the many standard features across the entire KUV100 NXT range are two airbags, an immobiliser and ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Equipped with these features, the KUV100 NXT was rated one of the safest vehicles in its class by the Indian BNCAP crash test programme, which gave it a four-star crash rating.
All KUV100 NXT models also feature electric power steering, air conditioning and a spare wheel, while the refreshed interior design features smart storage such as an underfloor compartment and additional cup holders.
The #Date will be introduced with a special financing package of R2 099 a month from Mahindra Finance. For the price, you get a full 3-year/100 000 km standard warranty and a 2-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty, with a 24/7 roadside assistance for three years.
And while the price and monthly instalment are sure to be in everyone’s taste, it is the after-sales support that has made the KUV100 NXT stand out. This was proven again in the 2019 AA Kinsey Report, which found that the KUV100 NXT was the most affordable vehicle to service and repair in its class and one of the overall most affordable vehicles on the South African market.
The KUV100 NXT further added to its budget beating résumé this past weekend when it was crowned the most fuel efficient vehicle in the A1 class in the recent WesBank Fuel Economy Tour, hosted in partnership with FNB. To win this crown, the KUV100 NXT beat all other entrants over a countrywide five-day road trip.
The #Dare is available immediately in limited numbers at Mahindra dealers across Southern Africa.