Built on the monocoque chassis, KUV100 shares design and styling cues with its elder sibling XUV500. Fascia is aggressive and the black cladding all around lends the requisite SUV-like ruggedness to the sub-four meter SUV. Its cabin is available in five and six-seat layouts. Engine choices include 1.2 litre petrol and 1.2 diesel engine options paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. The mFalcon G80 petrol engine develops 82bhp as opposed to 77bhp produced by mFalcon D75 diesel engine. Diesel variants are claimed to return 25.32 kmpl and petrol variants deliver 18.15 kmpl. Frankly with all the limelight on it and being the only promising model, KUV100 stands a fair chance to excel. Needless to say Mahindra KUV100 price in India is just bang on and this makes it pose threat to all the vehicles priced alike in various segments.
|Engine Type||MFalcon G80, Multi Point Fuel Injection (MPFI) With Dual Variable Valve Timing||MFalcon D75, Turbocharger With Intercooler, Common Rail Direct Injection Technology|
|Displacement (CC)||1198 CC||1198 CC|
|No Of Cylinder||3||3|
|Power||82 bhp@5500 rpm||77 bhp@3750 rpm|
|Torque||115 Nm@3500-3600 rpm||190 Nm@1750-2250 rpm|
|Length||3675 mm||3675 mm|
|Width||1715 mm||1715 mm|
|Height||1655 mm||1655 mm|
|Wheelbase||2385 mm||2385 mm|
|Ground Clearance||170 mm||170 mm|
|Boot Space||243 L||243 L|
|Kerb Weight||1875 Kg||1875 Kg|
|Front Track||1490 mm||1490 mm|
|Rear Track||1490 mm||1490 mm|
|Minimum Turning Radius||5.05 m||5.05 m|
|No Of Doors||5||5|
|No of gears||5||5|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels||Alloy Wheels|
|Tyre Type||Tubeless Radials||Tubeless Radials|
|Front Tyre Size||185/65 R14||185/65 R14|
|Rear Tyre Size||185/65 R14||185/65 R14|
|Front Brake Type||Disc||Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Drum||Drum|
|Front Suspension||Independent McPherson Strut With Dual Path Mounts, Coil Spring And Hydraulic Gas Charged Shock Absorber||Independent McPherson Strut With Dual Path Mounts, Coil Spring And Hydraulic Gas Charged Shock Absorber|
|Rear Suspension||Semi-Independent Twist Beam With Coil Spring And Hydraulic Gas Charged Shock Absorber||Semi-Independent Twist Beam With Coil Spring And Hydraulic Gas Charged Shock Absorber|
|Mileage||18.15 Kmpl||25.32 Kmpl|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||35.0||35.0|
|Steering Type||Electric Power Steering||Electric Power Steering|
|Adjustable Power Steering||Yes||Yes|
|Performance 0 To 100 Kmph||N/A||N/A|
|K2 6 Seater||K4 5 Seater||K4 6 Seater||K4 Plus 5 Seater||K4 Plus 6 Seater||K6 5 Seater||K6 6 Seater||K6 Plus 5 Seater||K6 Plus 6 Seater||K8 5 Seater||K8 6 Seater|
|Safety & Security features|
|Electronic Brakeforce Distribution|
|Electronic Stability Program|
|Child Safety Lock|
|Power Door Lock|
|Turn Indicators On ORVM|
|Rain Sensing Wipers|
|Headlamp Beam Adjuster|
|Comfort & Convenience|
|Steering Mounted Audio|
|Power Outlets 12V|
|Rear Parking Sensor|
|Rear Parking Camera|
|Electrically Adjustable Rear View Mirror|
|Push Start Stop Button|
|Height Adjustable Driver Seat|
|Height Adjustable Driver Seat Method|
|Upholstery||Vinyl||Vinyl + Fabric||Vinyl + Fabric||Vinyl + Fabric||Vinyl + Fabric||Fabric||Fabric||Fabric||Fabric||Fabric||Fabric|
|Front Cup Holders|
|Front Fog Lamps|
|Rear Fog Lamps|
|Instrumentation & Communication|
|Distance To Empty|
|Avergae Fuel Efficiency Indicator|
|Seat Belt Warning|
|Low Fuel Warning|
|Door Ajar Warning|
Available in the price range of Rs 4.56 lakh and Rs 7.2 lakh, Mahindra’s sub-meter SUV is positioned below the TUV300. Mahindra’s aggressively priced KUV100 marks introduction of the low priced SUV space in India, not that low priced SUVs were not around, but the takers were less and so the options available were just handful. More so, the choices in this ignorant or almost non-existing segment were not worthy enough to skew attention of potential buyers from compact SUVs to the rather low priced meagrely equipped UVs. With KUV100, Mahindra eyes acquiring the kind of niche ‘Maruti Alto 800’ has carved in the mini hatchback segment. But does it have the potential to be the ace in this newly found segment. Frankly with all the limelight on it and being the only promising model, KUV100 stands a fair chance to excel. Featuring the same monocoque chassis as XUV500, KUV100 shares a similar design and various styling cues with the larger cousin. Cabin gets options for five and six-seat layout. Mahindra has packed KUV100 will all vital features taking into account the price range it falls in. Engine choices include two new petrol and diesel units derived from the mFlacon family of engines.
Mahindra KUV100 Exteriors
Falling under sub-four meter segment, it is important to discuss the dimensions which measure 3,675mm long, 1715mm wide and 1655mm high. Compared to one of the closest rivals Swift, KUV100 lags behind in terms of length, but leads in other parameters like width and height. Design as mentioned in the beginning is inspired from the much bigger XUV500. Mahindra have crafted the front profile assertively with most of the attention paid to the bumper. Face gets a very lean radiator grille with vertically placed chrome finished fillets. The pulled back head lamps are wide from front and get tapered towards the end almost covering the hood length. Black plastic cladding is draped all around the SUV. The rectangular shaped fog lamps in front are tucked well within the black cladding. The overall look of the SUV is enhanced by this thick black cladding that lends KUV100 the much requisite butch front profile. Side profile is marked by the square wheel arches and sharp creases emerging from A-pillar and tail lights among others. Handle for the back door is mounted on the rear quarter glass. Rear cladding features chrome finished fog lamps and side skirts. Rear gets an integrated spoiler atop, captivatingly designed tail lamps and a very sharp line running over tail lights which is stretched until the wheel arches. Rear profile appears more like a hatchback which could be a put off for the SUV.
Mahindra KUV100 Interiors
Dual tone interior scheme is dominated by grey with black colour splashed on the centre console, steering wheel, dashboard and door pads. Silver finish around centre console and steering wheel brings prominence to the styling inside. The long rectangular centre console gets dash-mounted ac vents on the top followed by touch-screen and vertically aligned temperature dials on the left side. The right side of the console gets a mounted gear knob saving on the space. A glove box is placed on the passenger side for storage purpose. The 3+3 seating arrangement inside makes it the first vehicle to get six-seat layout. An additional bench is fitted in front and there is also an option for five-seat layout except for the K2 and K2+ variants. Boot space is 243 litres which can be expanded to 473 litres.
KUV100 Engine Specifications and Transmission
Mahindra has housed two new engines in the line-up borrowed from the newly developed mFalcon engine family. Mahindra’s first petrol model employs the new 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing maximum power of 82bhp at 5,500rpm and 11.73kgm torque between 3,500 to 3,600rpm. Diesel engine is a 1.2 litre, three cylinder, powertrain offering 77bhp at 3,750rpm and 19.37kgm of torque between 1,750 to 2,250rpm. Power is directed to front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
Mahindra KUV100 Features
Among the various features incorporated outside and inside here are a few notable features to look out for. On the outside the SUV gets follow me home head lamps and lead me to home head lamps, head lights height adjuster, rear wash wipe, rear defogger and manually adjustable ORVMs. Cabin gets a 12V power outlet, door pockets, 1 litre bottle holder in all doors, interiors rear view mirror, rear parcel tray, LED interior lamp etc.
Mahindra KUV100 Performance and Mileage
The new petrol engine is capable of delivering 18.15 kmpl and the ARAI rated fuel economy for diesel engine is 25.32kmpl. On the performance front, the petrol powered version may not withstand competition as it isn’t promising enough as Mahindra would have wished. Diesel engine on the other hand is better and picks momentum at higher speeds but petrol engine lacks punch.
Mahindra KUV100 Accessories and Infotainment
There is an infotainment system with 3.5 inch display screen with in-built driver information system, Bluetooth audio & handsfree call, USB, AUX. Steering mounted controls for audio and phone controls is yet another significant feature packed inside. Mahindra’s BLUE SENSE app compatibility and four speakers/2 tweeters sum up the infotainment related features on board.
Mahindra KUV100 Braking and Handling
Braking function is undertaken by disc brakes in front and drum brakes at rear. Vital brakaing features like anti-lock-braking system and electronic brakefroce distribution are standard across line-up. Handling is mediocre but not crisp and suspension set up is absorbent.
Mahindra KUV100 Safety and Security
Dual airbags are available is available on the plus variants in the entry and mid level along with the range topping variant. Other safety features available on the SUV are child safety locks on rear doors, anti-slip clips for driver side door mats, ISOFIX child seat mount on rear seat, engine immobiliser, anti-theft security alarm, automatic hazard warning lamps on crash and speed sensing automatic door locks.
Mahindra KUV100 Comfort and Convenience
Comfort features aboard include air-conditioner with heater, electric power steering with tiltable function, fabric seat covers in higher variants and vinyl upholstered seats in base trims, fabric inserted door trims, height adjuster for driver’s seat, foldable rear seat, armrest in front and rear, headrests and adjustable front row headrests. There are a plethora of convenience features inset inside such as power windows in front/rear, central locking, remote keyless entry, cooled glove-box, storage space under co-driver seat, removable storage bin with handles under co-driver seat,
Mahindra KUV100 Wheels and Tyres
Partial wheel caps are available on the base trim, while the rest of the range gets full wheel caps save for the top-spec variant which features alloy wheels. Tubeless radial tyres measuring 185/65 R14 are fitted in front and back across model series.
Mahindra KUV100 Competition
Sitting below TUV300, the new sub-four meter SUV priced aggressively will rival vehicles tagged in the same range across segments. That said, the potential rivals KUV100 will face off with include Maruti’s flagship Swift hatchback, Hyundai’s B segment Grand i10 and Maruti’s viable AMT equipped hatchback Celerio. Besides, the vehicle will also compete with Maruti’s Ignis which is developed on the same lines (in terms of size).
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