Although the introduction of the AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) version of the KUV100 NXT would probably have been the ideal choice at the moment with the increased demands for automatic models, Mahindra has chose to go ahead with the same engine and the gearbox options for the KUV100 in its new avatar. "With its unique proposition, I firmly believe that the KUV100 NXT will reaffirm our customers' faith in Mahindra's abilities to create class leading products", Dr Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, said at the launch.
The new front grille along with the faux skid plates on the front and the back adds to the overall design of the next generation hatchback.
Mahindra and Mahindra unveiled the KUV100 NXT days before Diwali starting at Rs 4.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
It is the first time that Mahindra has come up with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system loaded with GPS navigation with maps from MapmyIndia on the top-spec K8 variant.
Design-wise, the profile of the vehicle is same as before but compared to the older KUV100, the KUV100 NXT comes with fatter and more prominent plastic cladding along the wheel arches, side body and underbody to further emphasise its SUV character.
As for the rear, the updated KUV100 NXT comes with a revised tailgate with redesigned taillights that come in a new clear lens double barrel design instead to the red one used in the older model. The joystick-like gear lever remains unchanged. Also standard now is the 6-seater configuration, with the 5-seater becoming an option. With two interior shades on offer, lower-spec trims are finished in grey while higher versions get an all-black interior. Safety features in the TUV300 include dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts and ABS with EBD and corner braking control.
Since the Mahindra KUV100 NXT is a refresh model, it continues to be powered by the same 82PS 1.2-litre petrol and 76PS 1.2-litre turbocharged diesel motors. The petrol engine mFalcon G80 makes about 82 bhp and 115 Nm of peak torque, while the diesel version, mFalcon D75, churns out about 77 bhp and 190 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines come coupled with a five-speed manual transmission.