Mahindra takes urban route with dinky KUV100


Hoping to cash-in on the burgeoning compact sports-utility-vehicle (SUV) segment, Indian auto giant Mahindra has announced local pricing and spec details of its intriguing looking KUV100.

Unveiled in its home market earlier this year, the KUV100 is claimed to match the credentials of a conventional entry-level hatch, but with the rugged personality and stance associated with a SUV.

Measuring 3 675 mm in length, 1 715 mm wide and 1 635 mm in height, the KUV100 rides on a brand-new monocoque platform with a number of styling cues taken from recently refreshed XUV500 and Indian-only marketed TUV300.

Given its intended target market, the KUV100’s interior is world away from the previous Mahindra models, including the XUV500, with notable highlights being the dash-mounted gear lever, umbrella-style handbrake, twin-pod instrument cluster and a 3.5-inch infotainment display as well as piano-key black inserts on high-spec models.

Comprising of five-versions and three trim levels, the KUV100 also debuts Mahindra’s new 1.2-litre mFalcon three-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel engines, both driving the front-wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

Known internally as the mFalcon G80, the three pot petrol makes 61 kW and 115 N.m of torque with Mahindra claiming a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.9 L/100 km and emissions of 139 g/km.

Claiming the title of the country’s smallest turbodiesel engine on sale in any passenger vehicle, the mFalcon D75 oil burner produces 57 kW and an impressive 190 N.m of torque with consumption, thanks to a Power/Eco mode as well as start/stop, being rated at 4.4 L/100 km.

Model-wise, the base K4+ comes solely with the mFalcon petrol and includes create comforts such as standard as 14-inch steel wheels, boot spoiler, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, air-conditioning, front electric windows, ABS with EBD and dual front airbags.

Available with either petrol or diesel power, the K6+ adds colour-coded door handles, mirrors, grille and door door cladding, blacked-out B-pillar, the aforementioned infotainment display with Bluetooth and USB, six-speaker sound system, cooled glove box, auto lock/unlock doors, full-trip computer and follow-me-home headlights.

Completing the KUV100 range, the flagship K8 mirrors the engine options of the K6+ with added spec coming in the form of LED daytime-running lights, 14-inch alloy wheels, silver rear door handles and front and rear foglights and puddle lamps on all doors.

A three year / 100 000 km warranty is standard on all models with a three year / 50 000 km service plan standard on the K6+ and K8 but optional on the K4+



KUV100 1.2 K4+ 61 kW / 115 N.m R149 995
KUV100 1.2 K6+ 61 kW / 115 N.m R169 995
KUV100 1.2 TDiesel K6+ 57 kW / 190 N.m R187 995
KUV100 1.2 K8 61 kW / 115 N.m R179 995
KUV100 1.2 TDiesel K8 57 kW / 190 N.m R197 995