Mahindra & Mahindra showcased the XUV300 with the new mStallion turbo petrol engine at the 2020 Auto Expo. The new motor was expected to debut with the XUV300 Sportz edition in April 2020 but the pandemic hit the world and launch plans were indefinitely delayed. Nevertheless, the company is back on track to launch the new engine option on the subcompact SUV and the model will arrive sometime during this festive season.
However, this time, there’s a twist. Mahindra is using this opportunity to update the petrol variant line-up on the XUV300 and the new turbo petrol engine will now be offered across the range instead of a standalone variant. This incldues the XUV300 W4, W6, and the W8 (O). The new 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine belongs to the mStallion family. The T-GDI motor develops 130PS and 230Nm of peak torque and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It will be positioned above the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that develops 108PS.
Compared to the existing powertrain options, the new mStallion motor makes about 20PS and 30Nm more in terms of power figures. This will make the XUV300 the most powerful subcompact SUV on sale. Mahindra could also carry over from visual upgrades from the Sportz edition showcased at the Expo including the red brake calipers, sporty decals, all-black interior with contrast red stitching on the seats, and more. Prices too are likely to be a premium, when compared to the current XUV300 range that’s priced between Rs. 7.95 lakh and Rs. 13.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Our readers would remember that the 1.2-litre mStallion turbo petrol engine would’ve also graced the engine bay of the Ford EcoSport under the Mahindra-Ford joint venture. That model was also expected to go on sale around the festive season last year. However, as things stand. The JV broke up earlier this year, and Ford has already announced its exit from the India exiting its mass-market range.
Meanwhile, Mahindra has a new and focused SUV lineup coming up right from the new XUV700, followed by the new-generation Scorpio, and more. The next-generation Mahindra XUV300 is currently development and will arrive sometime between 2024 and 2027. Expect it to be closer to the latter year.