Mahindra launched the KUV100 on January 2016, and it took on the entry hatchbacks available in the auto industry at that time. The sales of the “smallest SUV in India” as the maker called it at that time were pretty impressive, and it clocked to approximately 5000 units a month. However, within a quick span Maruti Suzuki came up with Ignis and Hyundai gave a facelift to Grand i10; the sales of KUV100 suffered a blow as these cars had more improved and upscale features. To be in the competition, Mahindra now presented an upgraded version of the previous KUV and named it as KUV100 NXT. This new compact car has a host of innovative features, better safety equipment, and is more muscular in appearance.
The exterior of the new Mahindra KUV100 NXT has many cosmetic upgradations. The front face has a modified chrome grille; headlamp cluster got a facelift with new DRLs, integrated indicators are now present on the side mirrors, faux skid plates are seen on the front and rear ends. The car comes in six dazzling shades- pearl white, dazzling silver, designer grey, flamboyant red, fiery orange, and midnight black. There are five variants of this vehicle (K2, K2+, K4+, K6+, and K8) in both the petrol and diesel version. The top end models of both the fuel type have dual tone options- silver/black and red/black. The revamped front and rear bumpers have increased the length by 25 millimetres.
The new Mahindra KUV100 NXT now comes with 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with inbuilt USB, mp3, Bluetooth, and GPS navigation containing maps from MapmyIndia. Also, you can also find rear parking sensors, electronically foldable OVRMs, switchable interior LED lighting, and the infotainment system reads out vital information like gearshift alert, drive modes and fuel economy. However, you need to opt for the premium upscale K8 model to own these features.
The standard versions also have a spacious cabin with enough head, knee and shoulder space in both the rows of the seats. The previous grey upholstery is now available in the lower-versions while the upper-end models have now turned all-black interiors. ABS is present in all the variants, while dual airbags start from the K2+ category.
KUV100 NXT gets powered by 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines with five-speed manual transmission gear. The maximum power is 82 bhp@5500 rpm, and torque is 115 Nm@3500-3600 rpm in the petrol version. In the diesel engine, the maximum power is 77 bhp@3750 rpm, and the torque is 190 Nm@1750-2250 rpm. The mileage of this vehicle is 17.45 Kmpl and 23.04 Kmpl in the petrol and diesel category respectively. There are 3-cylinders in both the fuel types for providing power to the engine. This compact SUV comes with alloy wheels with the tyre size 185/60 R15. The ex-showroom price for the petrol category starts from INR 4.69 lakhs, while the same for the diesel version is INR 5.7 lakhs.
Here are a few advantages of owning the Mahindra KUV100 NXT.
• This car is practical and spacious and leans more towards SUV than the hatchback. The price range of this vehicle makes it one of the most sought-after compact SUVs. • The updated version has a more improved approach and departure angle which makes it off-road ready. • The sporty 15-inch alloy wheels make the ride more smooth now. • The 7-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation is one of the best in the industry.
There are few disadvantages of riding the Mahindra KUV100 NXT.
• The 3-cylinder engine gives an average performance. Many cars in similar price zone offer a more powerful 4-cylinder engine. • Dual airbags are not present in the K2 variety, which makes the safety features vulnerable. • The visibility of the car remains an issue. Smaller IRVM mirror and absence of rearview camera makes driving a bit difficult.
This was all about the updated version of Mahindra KUV100 NXT. Though this compact SUV comes with upgraded features, few misses like the absence of the 4-cylinder engine, and poor visibility may question the success of this vehicle.
References: carwale.com, auto.ndtv.com, autocarindia.com, mycarhelpline.com.