In 2019, several Mahindra test mules were spotted doing rounds on the outskirts of Chennai. While many of them are next-generation models like the Scorpio and XUV500, some of them will be updated just to meet the upcoming emission norms. A test mule of the next-generation TUV300 Plus has been spotted testing as well. Since Mahindra has already confirmed that the model will not be discontinued, it looks like the Indian automaker has started testing it with a BS6 complaint engine.
The TUV300 Plus is essentially a long wheelbase version and nine-seater version of the sub-four meter TUV300 that received a facelift just last year. The test mule in the spy pictures has been heavily camouflaged and only the rear and profile of the SUV are visible. In terms of design, both profile and rear of the TUV300 Plus look identical to its predecessor and the camouflage does a good job to hide the subtle updates, if any. However, the picture does not give away the face of the TUV300 Plus so it's difficult to comment about the changes there. Though, we expect the SUV to get similar styling elements seen on the TUV300 Facelift, like the black finish on the grille and black inserts in the headlamps.
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The TUV300 Plus is currently powered by a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine which likely will be replaced by a BS6 compliant 2.0-litre diesel engine across the range. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox while Mahindra earlier has said that an automatic will be given as an option at a later date.