Mahindra KUV100 NXT: Moving forward as a petrol-only model!
Even if you that little bit of a knack for automobiles, you might have heard the current automotive scenario. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturers were solely focussing on how to classify their existing line-up so as to meet the new BS-VI emission standards. For those of you who may not know, the BS-VI emission standards are much tighter and require a number of changes to the engine in comparison to the same BS-IV spec motor.
Therefore, all the costs and R&D spent to meet the new norms will be brought down to the end consumers. Now, upgrading petrol engines only demand an insignificant rise in overall pricing, but upgrading a diesel engine will require lots of resources and processes ultimately making the car pricier. Therefore, most of the manufacturers have stepped away from diesel engines for its smaller offering, the KUV100 NXT is one of them.
Subsequently, Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed the KUV100 NXT will carry forward as a petrol-only model, with the same engine as before, albeit now approved to match the new emission standards.
First launched in the early days of 2016 and updated with a mid-cycle facelift in 2017, the KUV100 has always been a niche product amongst the likes of the segment. Here’s a full model overview of the petrol-only KUV100 NXT.
Over the years, the KUV100 has portrayed how a tall and boxy SUV-like hatchback fits amongst other small cars in the space. Despite its rather odd proportions, Mahindra has sold quite a number of these over time. It has, however, not garnered as much sales numbers as other cars in the segment.
As for its dimensions, the crossover is 3,700mm in length, 1,735mm in width, and 1,655mm in height. The wheelbase is a respectable 2,385mm, and the kerb weight is 1,085kg for the base-spec trim. Thanks to the tall SUV-ish stance, the ground clearance is 170mm. Moreover, it has a boot space capacity of 243-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 35-litres.
Under the hood, the 1.2-litre three-cylinder mFalcon D75 Diesel engine (77bhp and 190Nm) is now discontinued. Therefore, the KUV100 is now only available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, good for 82bhp and 115Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission while automatic is not an option.
With the discontinuation of the erstwhile diesel engine – which was rated at 25.32km/l – the KUV100 mileage numbers have taken a toll. As for the petrol engine, it is good for 18.15km/l, as per ARAI.
The first thing to note is that the KUV100 NXT is available with either a 5-seater or 6-seater configuration, depending on the variant. The latter is standard while the former is made only on order basis.
As for the equipment, standard on top-spec trim is a new 7.0-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation. Sadly, it misses out on Apple Carplay and Android Auto. More features like a cooled glovebox, rear parking sensors, new multi-information display power-folding mirrors, mood lighting, etc. are also part of the equipment.
The KUV100 NXT, as of early-2020, comes in eight shades, namely, Flamboyant Red, Pearl White, Designer Grey, Dazzling Silver, Fiery Orange, and Midnight Black. The Flamboyant Red and Dazzling Silver shades are also available with an optional Metallic Black roof.
All the details regarding the Mahindra KUV100 NXT, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Mahindra KUV100 NXTis available in nine variants, all in the same petrol-manual configuration.The prices start at Rs. 5.50 lakhs for the K2+ variant going all the way to Rs. 7.12 lakhs for the K8 variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). These prices are speculated as Mahindra has not officially revealed the prices as of yet. For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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