KUV 100, the ‘baby SUV’ from Mahindra has undergone a makeover recently. Since its launch, the car has raked in some good sales for the company. The facelift includes some styling tweaks and addition of some features and comfort elements. Let us take a look at Mahindra’s newest offering.
KUV 100 definitely has a polarizing design that split opinions. Some of them just love its uniqueness in style whereas some finds it difficult to digest. The basic design remains the same, albeit some design tweaks. The front grills are re-designed to give the car a little more aggressive stance.
The headlamps are finished in full black (the red detailing inside are missing) with KUV 100 NXT badge. Both the front and rear bumpers are re-designed. The front bumper is sharper with improved approach angle and gets a skid plate, which adds to the ‘SUV’ness. The side profile remains the same, except for the re-designed 15-inch alloy wheels. The new set of wheels looks classier and adds character to the overall design. The top trim K8 variants get a dual paint option- the red or silver shade with a contrasting black roof. The new styling tweaks definitely have improved the overall styling of the car, however, the inherent quirkiness remains.
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The basic design remains the same. However, the interior gets an all black treatment, which looks, nice and premium. Mahindra has done some design tweaks at the centre fascia of the dashboard and has changed the design layout of the manual air-con buttons, which looks unique and neat.
The 7.0-inch touch screen infotainment system spotted on the TUV 300 makes a way into the new KUV 100 NXT. The infotainment system gets sat-nav, however misses on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smart phone connectivity.
The six-seat configuration, which has been one of the unique features offered by the KUV 100 gets carried over. Though not very practical and safe, this adds flexibility to add a third person at the front for short trips. There are no other major changes inside.
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Engine and Performance
There are no changes in the engines that power the KUV. The mFalcon D75 1.2 liter diesel engine produces a peak power of 78 hp and a max torque of 190 Nm. The diesel motor has sufficient grunt in the city as well as the highway. The power delivery is linear and the five speed manual transmission complements the engine characteristics well. Mahindra has also improved the insulation, which aids in better NVH. The mFalcon G80 MPFI 1.2 liter petrol engine generates a maximum power of 83 hp and a max torque of 115 Nm.
Ride and Handling
The suspension set up of the KUV 100 remains unchanged. The suspension is set on the softer side, which translates to a softer ride. However, this affects the handling of the car. Despite its narrow track, the car has fair amount of body roll while negotiating curves and the ride is not confidence inspiring while doing high speeds on the highway. The electric steering unit is smooth, however, lacks feel.