Mahindra unveils KUV100 NXT at Rs 4.39 lakh

Mahindra and Mahindra, India’s biggest sports utility vehicle maker by sales, on Tuesday introduced the facelift of its KUV100 hatchback, the KUV100 NXT to generate more sales during the on-going festive season and beyond.

Though technically still a hatchback, Mahindra continues to call it its smallest SUV. The KUV100 which created a new SUV-like segment was first launched in January 2016.

With a starting price tag of Rs 4.39 lakh at Mumbai showroom, the KUV100 NXT will rival a range of crossover-hatchbacks such as the Hyundai i20 Active, Maruti Ignis, Toyota Etios Cross and Honda’s WR-V.

The KU100 NXT is offered as a five to six-seater option.

Visually, the design of the Mahindra KUV100 NXT remains largely unchanged, save for some considerable changes, which are distinct and noticeable to the exterior. The facelift gets revised headlamps while the grille takes inspiration from the updated Mahindra XUV500.

The KUV100 NXT is sold in five variants, namely, K2 & K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 in both petrol and diesel options. The top-end K8 model is now priced at Rs 7.33 lakh at Mumbai showroom for the diesel variant.

“The KUV100 created a new category with an SUV in the price segment of Rs 4.5– Rs 7.5 lakh. We have always been a listening organisation and in line with that, we have managed to successfully launch the new KUV100 within 21 months. The new KUV100 NXT will reaffirm our customers’ faith in Mahindra,” Pawan Goenka, managing director at Mahindra & Mahindra, said.

The car gets an updated front bumper, which comes with a new mesh and has been tweaked to give it a fresh look making it a bit more contemporary. There is also a bit more plastic cladding around the fog lamps and a faux skid plate finished in brushed aluminum is also seen at the front and rear, adding to the KUV100's SUV appeal.

The diesel version is also powered by a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged common-rail engine, named the mFalcon D75, which develops 77bhp along with 190Nm of torque.

Michael Gonsalves