Sunday, 17 December, 2017

M&M eyes better sales with new KUV100

M&M eyes better sales with new KUV100 M&M eyes better sales with new KUV100
Sherri Watson | 12 October, 2017, 01:57

On the safety front, Mahindra has eliminated all non-safety variants of the KUV100 NXT, except the base K2 variant. The facelift will come with same two engine options as its predecessor - 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that can produce 84hp and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that can do 78hp. The company claims to have improved engine damping and Noise, vibration, and harshness levels. It remains to be seen whether this will have a favourable impact on the KUV100 electric's price when it launches next year. Both the motors are mated to a responsive 5-speed manual gearbox that comes as standard across the variants and now the company is working on an auto version as well, which is slated to be launched in India by the first-half of 2018.

Mahindra KUV100 is a six-seater, unlike the pre-facelift model that was available as five- or six-seater.

Rajan Wadhera, President, Automotive Sector, M&M said, "the electric KUV100 will get an all-new electric powertrain".

Previously, the Mahindra KUV100 came in four primary variants - K2, K4, K6 and K8, among these the K2, K4 and K6 variants came with a "+" option, which came with dual airbags and a couple of additional comfort features. The KUV100 gets remote lock/unlock for the tailgate, power folding wing mirrors, rear parking sensors, a new multi-info display giving readouts for gearshift alert, drive modes and fuel economy. Mahindra KUV100 is offering a warranty of five years.

On the exterior, the 2017 Mahindra KUV100 receives a new, larger chrome front grille, clear lens taillamps, new bumper design, thicker black plastic cladding along the bottom edge of the vehicle as well as the wheel arches. The new 2017 Mahindra KUV100 NXT now houses a new 7-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation system, and a driver information system. Automatic transmission for both the variants is also in the offing.