The latest to join the bandwagon of players with BS6-compliant products is Mahindra. For now, it has launched just one model that meets the stricter emission norms – the Mahindra XUV300. Only the petrol-powered variants are BS6 ready. Their prices start at Rs 8.30 lakh (~$11,575) and go all the way up to Rs 11.84 lakh (~$16,512). Compared to the BSIV-compliant variants, the upgraded ones cost Rs 20,000 (~$279) more. Apart from the powertrain, there are no other changes to report.
With this upgrade, the Mahindra XUV300 becomes the first subcompact (sub-4 metre) SUV to gain the BS6 badge. The 1.2-litre petrol engine pumps out 109bhp/200Nm, and the only transmission option with it is a 6-speed manual. Diesel fans will have to settle with an engine which is still BSIV ready. The 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder motor that produces 115bhp/300Nm is available with both a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). Mahindra is expected to introduce the upgraded (BS6) diesel engine in the first half of next year.
Fun fact: Both of Mahindra XUV300’s engines remain the torquiest in the sub-4 metre space. If that doesn’t float your boat, there are a few features that only the XUV300 gets amongst its peers. That list includes dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, seven airbags, heated ORVMs and front parking sensors. Gizmos like type-pressure monitoring system, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, auto-dimming IRVM, rain-sensing wipers, seatbelt reminder for second row, all four disc brakes, ESP with roll-over mitigation and hill start assist are also on offer.
Apart from taking a dig at its cousin – the TUV300 – the Mahindra XUV300 locks horns with the Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Honda WR-V in India. Come April 2020, and those models will have BS6-compliant powertrains and heftier price lists.