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Mahindra KUV100 revealed, new compact SUV for India

December 27, 2015

Stepping into the small SUV scene, Mahindra has unveiled its new KUV100, “Kool Utility Vehicle”.

Mahindra KUV100

The new model will soon join the company’s TUV300 and XUV500 SUVs. It sits as the smallest off-roader in the showroom, measuring just under four metres in overall length. This makes it slightly smaller than the latest Suzuki Vitara.

Under the bonnet is a range of “mFalcon” small-capacity engines, including a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder producing 61kW and 114Nm. There’s also a turbo-diesel version of the same engine, producing 57kW and 190Nm.

The KUV100 comes with the usual safety features you’d expect on a modern car, including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and dual front airbags. It’s also set to come with some modern conveniences, such as Bluetooth and a multi-format stereo.

As for the design, well, it looks quite cute and petite with aggressive slimline headlights, LED running lights, a Range Rover Evoque-like front bumper bar, accented wheel arches, and some tiny 15-inch alloy wheels.

Mahindra will launch the KUV100 in India in January. It will compete with the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta. It’s unlikely to go on sale in Australia, however, Mahindra is expected to launch a few new vehicles Down Under over the next couple of years.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Kool wheels bro