The seven-seater, Mahindra TUV300 has been inspired by the design of a battle tank and the result is ‘both bold and confident, while also unmistakably Mahindra’, says the manufacturer.
Now available in South Africa, the Mahindra TUV300 is powered by the mHAWK100 four-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine that has an output of 74kW and 240Nm, mated with a five-speed manual gearbox.
It rides on 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with with ‘soft and low road noise SUV tyres’, and a full size spare wheel is mounted on the tailgate.
Safety features include dual airbags, ABS anti-lock control, which incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Automatic door locking is also standard and the TUV300 also offers reverse assistance.
The suspension at the front of the vehicle is independent and employs dual wish- bone, coil springs and an anti-roll bar, while the rear system comprises a multilink design with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.
The SUV comes with a basic infotainment system that is controlled via Mahindra’s BlueSense app that you need to download onto your phone.
The Mahindra TUV300 T8 Manual is priced at R229 995.
This includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a three-year/ 90 000km service plan with first service at 10 000km followed by intervals of 20 000km.
Read our latest review of the more powerful Mahindra Scorpio S10 here.