The Mahindra XUV300 subcompact SUV is aching for a midlife facelift and the company is preparing to bring the updated model in the near future. In fact, the updated version of the XUV300 was recently spotted testing wearing heavy camouflage, hinting at a launch as early as next year. One of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the segment, the XUV300 is expected to arrive with cosmetic changes to the front and rear, while the interior is expected to get a significant overhaul.
The heavy camouflage indicates that the Mahindra XUV300 facelift is in its early stages of testing and the test mule still gets temporary headlamps and tail lights. However, the design language is expected to see a comprehensive upgrade bringing it in line with the design theme seen on the XUV700. Do note, the XUV300 is the most affordable model in the XUV family that comprising the all-electric XUV400 and the top-spec XUV700. Furthermore, Mahindra is branching out the XUV name into an independent brand – XUV.e – that will spawn electric SUVs going forward based on this platform. All electric platform vehicles are on the way too for 2024.
Aesthetic upgrades on the XUV300 facelift are likely to include a new two-part grille, revised bumper with a larger central air intake, redesigned tailgate and the number plate recess repositioned. Expect most changes to be concentrated at the front and rear with the profile remaining largely unchanged. New alloy wheels is likely on the SUV.
The cabin is expected to get a major revamp as well. This includes a larger and upgraded touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, ambient lighting, leather upholstery, ventilated seats and more. Panoramic sunroof, adas and screen from XUV 700 could change the game in this segment, considering Nexon has done the same too. Kia Sonet can finally be left behind in terms of feature list. Talks of XUV 400 getting the same interior is set to happen, only after the FY quarter of the XUV 300 facelift launch.
Powertrain options will include the 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 117PS, while the 1.5-litre turbo diesel will continue in the same state of tune. Transmission options will include a manual and possibly a more sophisticated automatic, against the AMT unit that’s currently available. The subcompact SUV segment is a crowded space that garners strong volumes. The XUV300 may not be a brisk seller right now but that could change with the facelifted version taking on the Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Brezza and Hyundai Venue.