Mahindra KUV100 NXT Facelift First Look Review

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Mahindra KUV100 NXT Overview

The Mahindra KUV100 was launched in India just under 2 years ago, and even though it took on entry hatches, it was positioned as Mahindra’s smallest SUV in India. Sales over the first six months were pretty impressive with an average of almost 5000 units a month. But post that the numbers started to drop and the car did not receive the success Mahindra hoped it would. Since Maruti Suzuki launched the Ignis and the Hyundai Grand i10 facelift has also arrived. Those cars have upped the game by offering new and improved styling, a host of smart and intuitive features and better safety equipment, and they are still getting better numbers. So Mahindra needed to act fast and what we now have is the KUV100 NXT.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Exteriors & Style

The design philosophy of much larger cars, the Mahindra KUV100 looks a lot like an SUV, which has a dimension of a hatchback unlike its traditional competition. The front fascia of the Mahindra KUV100 looks sporty and aggressive at the same time with the presence of large wraparound headlamps with thin and sleek grille on a large muscular bonnet assembly. On the sides, the KUV100 looks bigger than it actually is with its tallboy design and the presence of a crease that runs from the middle of the rear door panel to taillamps give the car a muscular appeal.

The tail section gets high mounted rectangular taillamp assembly and moreover, an integrated spoiler atop that adds to the brawny-ness of the Mahindra KUV100. Measuring 3675 mm long, 1715 mm wide and 1655 mm high, KUV100 is a large hatchback with a bigger stance than Toyota Etios or, for that matter, arch rival i20 Active. The pictures of Mahindra KUV100 give a clear insight into the car’s imposing silhouette, which seems to be Mahindra’s best work so far.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Interiors & Space

Mahindra has also worked on the cabin of the new KUV100 NXT, especially the dashboard and interior panels. The car gets a new centre console, which looks much nicer and contemporary. The biggest addition though is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Bluetooth and AUX-IN connectivity along with navigation, and it also shares vehicle details like mileage, service history and more. Sadly though it neither gets Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto, which is a bit of a bummer considering that all the cars in this segment get them. You also get a nice carbon-fibre-like texture on the top of the dashboard and the door panels that add to the premiumness of the all-black cabin. A similar pattern can be seen on the fabric upholstery, complementing the design.

Some elements have been carried over from the previous model like – the joystick-like gear lever, three-spoke steering wheel, dashboard-mounted parking brake lever and the six-seater layout with under seat storage compartment, which is now standard across variant. But, if you prefer the five-seater option, Mahindra still offers them but as made-to-order.View offers on Mahindra KUV100 NXT in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Engine & Gearbox

Powering the Mahindra KUV1OO NXT are two engines namely a 1.2 litre mFalcon G80 petrol and a 1.2 litre mFalcon D75 diesel. The petrol engine generates 82 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 115 Nm of torque from 3,500 rpm to 3,600 rpm. The diesel engine produces 77 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,250 rpm. Both engines have ample power and torque figures which are quite decent considering the segment.

The Mahindra KUV1OO NXT’s petrol and diesel engines come with a 5 speed manual transmission. The gear lever is mounted on the centre console instead of the floorboard to accommodate for a third passenger in the first row. That said, the KUV1OO does not have an automatic gearbox on either of the two engine options available.

The Mahindra KUV1OO NXT has a rated mileage of 18.15 kmpl for the petrol engine powered variants and 25.32 kmpl for the diesel engine powered trims. These fuel efficiency figures are acceptable for its segment.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Ride & Handling

The steering is light and quick with every response made to it. Moreover, making a quick U-turn is not at all difficult even if it is done single-handed. The engine is not that special, but it is good enough and the engine responds well to the throttle. Overall, driving the Mahindra KUV100 is fun, but going too fast through the corners can be a silly act.To know more details on Mahindra KUV100 NXT check Pasear-w

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Braking & Safety

The Mahindra KUV 100 interior gets a dual tone of the grey and black on the centre console and the dashboard. The centre console and steering wheel are influenced with silver accent giving it a styling touch. The vinyl seats are covered in the base variants but also gets fabric in the higher trims. The most interesting part is that the Mahindra KUV100 is offered in two seating configuration a standard 3+3 seating arrangement which is available across all variants and a 2+3 seating arrangement which is also offered except for the K2 and K2+ models.

The long vertical centre console houses AC vent on top, followed by the touchscreen infotainment system and with vertically aligned temperature knobs on the left side of the console. While, the gear lever is housed on the right side of the console. The boot space is 243 litres which can be extended to 473 litres.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Price in Mumbai

Mahindra KUV100 NXT On Road Price is 5,64,599/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,76,218/- in Mumbai. Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes in 6 colours, namely Flamboyant Red,Fiery Orange,Dazzling Silver,Midnight Black,Pearl White,Designer Grey. Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@5500 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@3500-3600 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Apply car loan for Mahindra KUV100 NXT at Fincarz.

Mahindra KUV100 NXT Verdict

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd introduced the KUV1OO for the first time premium car buyer in India. The KUV100 NXT is the revamped version of the KUV SUV. Mahindra KUV100 NXT draws its power from mFalcon G80 petrol and mFalcon D75 diesel engines. Both come mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There is no option of an automatic transmission on any variants. The car measures 3,700 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and 1,655 mm in height with roof rails. ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is standard across all variants while the K2+, K4+, K6+ and K8 also have dual front airbags. Child lock on rear doors comes standard across all variants while anti theft security alarm and automatic hazard warning lamps on panic braking is being offered on the higher K6+ and K8 variants. The ISOFIX child seat mount on rear seat comes only on the top end K8 trim.

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