Mahindra KUV100 started a new segment when launched. This new segment is the micro SUV segment. The Mahindra KUV100 did not see the kind of success that Mahindra had envisaged. Though the KUV100 looked like a promising vehicle, some aspects of this micro SUV seems to have not caught the fancy of customers. Mahindra hence is planning to launch a new version of the KUV100, which essentially will be a facelift. Let’s see what the 2018 Mahindra KUV100 will offer.
Mahindra has just introduced some tech features on the XUV500 and as par a company quote some of these will even trickle down into the KUV100 as well. The new KUV100 will have some new features and at the same time it get minor cosmetic changes too. The KUV100’s design and interior quality have been one of its not so strong points and Mahindra will want to revive it. There will be added features too as the Grand i10 and the Ignis, which are of the same price offer a lot more than what the KUV100 gets. This will help Mahindra to hold a good market share. This new SUV was adding on to the numbers of the company and this could be the next big product if altered well with more features and better quality.
2018 Mahindra KUV100 Launch Date
There is no official confirmation about the launch date of this vehicle. However, our sources tell us that Mahindra is looking at launching this new vehicle by end of this year. There is also a possibility of this vehicle being launched at the 2018 Auto Expo in February next year. 2017 seems very difficult for the launch of this new SUV.
2018 Mahindra KUV100 Price
INR 5.2 lakhs
INR 8.14 lakhs
There will not be a major change in the pricing of the 2017 Mahindra KUV100. There will be a new features added so the price may go up marginally. The KUV100 will try hard to competed with the Maruti Ignis. The added ground clearance and the SUV looks is already in KUV100’s favour.
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2018 Mahindra KUV100 Specifications
1.2 mFalcon G80 Petrol
1.2 mFalcon D75 Diesel
82bhp @ 5,500rpm
77bhp @ 3,750rpm
190Nm@ 1,750rpm – 2250rpm
The new KUV100 will get the mFalcon G80 petrol engine. This 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 engine churns out 82bhp of power and a torque of 114Nm. The diesel engine will be the 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 unit. This engine develops 77bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. These engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is a chance of an AMT making its way into the KUV100 this time. These are the new-generation Falcon engines that are powering the smallest Mahindra vehicle. The diesel has good pulling power and it drives well in the city and even on the highway. At no point of time it feels to 1.2-litre. There is more than sufficient torque to pull it and the Eco mode is where it looses all its excess torque and it mellows.
The petrol engine has decent performance, it is the diesel that does have better performance. The petrol engine vibrates at idle speeds and this isn’t a very good point for the KUV100. The diesel is a lot more refined and has very limited vibrations, which we can expect from any diesel engine. So, the petrol engine will need some work to be done on it. However the petrol engine has hardly any noise.
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2018 Mahindra KUV100 Dimensions
In dimensions it ins’t very long. Its height makes it seem big. With a length of under 3.7m, it is much shorter than the other compact SUVs and even premium hatchbacks. The looks are subjective but there is no hiding of the large ground clearance it offers.
2018 Mahindra KUV100 Design
The 2018 Mahindra KUV100 will essentially have the same exterior design, however it is expected to get some styling changes. Mahindra will want to make this SUV a more subtle one this time. The front end will have a cleaner look, which will make the micro SUV look bigger. The tailgate of the KUV100 is also expected to be a new one this time. From the side not much will change but a smoother surface is expected to be seen here. The 2018 Mahindra KUV100 will also get a new set of alloy wheels. These maybe black machined or diamond cut ones, which will increase the style quotient of the vehicle. Mahindra will add a new set of black alloy wheels as we have spotted on some of the test cars.
There will be an update of the headlamps and even the tail lamps. The curves on the vehicle could also see a reduction. This will make it an exciting package and Mahindra could get Pinanfarina to turn around things for them. The company had acquired a major stake in the Italian design firm and it value addition for the brand over here.
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2018 Mahindra KUV100 Interiors
On the inside all black interiors will continue. This will be offered across all the models. This time we expect ABS and dual airbags to become a standard feature across all variants. The difference will be in the quality of this new SUV. The 2018 Mahindra KUV100 will have soft touch plastic and much better quality too. The space on the KUV100 is good enough, and there are no complaints about that. However the boot size is a tad too small for a vehicle of this height. It is smaller than most of the other SUVs in the market.
There will be additional features on offer too. A touchscreen is likely to be offered with reverse camera, navigation and even bluetooth. This will even get the Eco-sense and even of the other features from the XUV500. This will make it an exciting SUV to consider if there isn’t a major increase in its pricing. The KUV100 2018 might even loose its sixth seat also.
2018 Mahindra KUV100 Features
- New headlamps
- LED DRLS
- New bumpers
- New tailgate
- New Alloy Wheels
- New touchscreen
- New upholstery
- New gear knob
The 2018 KUV100 will get a few additional features. The top end variant will get a touchscreen system with bluetooth and reverse camera. The gear knob may see a change now, The interior colour theme is expected to be a new one. The seat fabrics will also change. A new set of LED DRLs may be seen here.
2018 Mahindra KUV100 Mileage
The petrol version will return around 11-12 km/l in the city and around 15-16 km/l on the highway. The diesel version will offer 16-17 km/l in the city and around 22 km/l on the highway. These are real world figures and may vary on the driving style.