Mahindra and Mahindra has launched the TUV300 Plus nine-seat MPV in the country. It is available in a choice of three variants: P4, P6 and P8.
Prices start at Rs 9.47 lakh and go up to Rs 10.86 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the top-spec variant. It is based on the TUV300 platform, albeit with an extended wheelbase, and is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine.
Compared the TUV300, which is powered by a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel (100PS/240Nm), the TUV300 Plus comes with Mahindra’s 2.2-litre 4-cylinder diesel that puts out 120PS and 320Nm, same as the lower variants of the Scorpio facelift. While the TUV300 is available with a 5-speed manual/AMT (automated-manual transmission), the TUV300 comes with a standard 6-speed manual.
Since the TUV300 Plus borrows the engine from the Scorpio, it gets Mahindra’s 'micro-hybrid' tech along with brake energy regeneration, which is not on offer on the smaller TUV. Interesting read: Renault plans to launch a small MPV soon.
The range-topping TUV300 Plus T8 borrows features from the TUV300 T10 such as faux leather upholstery and 7-inch infotainment system with built-in navigation. Mahindra itself is coming up with another MPV to rival the Ertiga.