Mahindra has finally brought the long-awaited petrol-powered AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) version of the XU300 into life. Earlier, the AMT options were limited to the diesel variants only. The petrol-AMT combination will be offered from W6 variants onwards with prices starting at Rs 9.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Bookings for the XUV300 Petrol AMT are now open and deliveries will begin by mid-February onwards.
The Mahindra XUV300 petrol AMT is a 6-speed unit, which is the same Magneti Marelli-source unit that does duty on the diesel version. The petrol-AMT model will continue to use the existing 1.2-litre turbocharged engine which generates 110PS of maximum grunt and 200Nm of twist. The AMT units come with a manual mode, creep function, hill start assist, ESC, and adaptive pedal response. It also features a restrict mode which shuts the creep function if the doors of the car are open.
Besides the introduction of petrol-powered AMT, an electric sunroof now will be offered from the W6 variant. Additionally, the top-spec W8 (O) trim also gets Mahindra’s latest BlueSense Plus connected technology with 40+ features such as remote door lock/unlock, live tracking, find my car, remote park lamps off, geo & time fencing, trip summary, AC & other functions control, vehicle start/stop alert, location sharing, PUC & insurance expiry alert, and many more.
Mahindra has also offered a new Galaxy Grey shade with the manual W6, W8, and W8(O) variants. Besides this, the W8(O) AMT trim will now be available in two dual-tone colors – Red & White, and Aquamarine & White.
The other notable features of Mahindra XUV300 includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, dual-zone climate control, heated mirrors, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, keyless entry, engine start/stop button, up to 7 airbags, ABS with EBD, front & rear parking sensors, a rear parking camera, corner braking control, etc.
Currently, the Mahindra XUV300 is priced between Rs 7.95 lakh and Rs 12.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and rivals the Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Nissan Magnite, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Ford Ecosport, and the Renault Kiger.