Mahindra has been testing its upcoming compact SUV code named as the S101 for many months now and finally it has revealed its production ready model. Mahindra has named this new compact SUV as Mahindra KUV100 and pronounces it as ‘KUV One Double O’ This is probably one of the most awaited compact SUVs of this year. Along with the KUV100 Mahindra has also unveiled an all new world-class engine family named mFALCON.
Mahindra is known to make reliable and rugged vehicles and with its new model, the KUV100, it has tried to create an entire new category. Mahindra KUV100 is not just randomly named but has its own significant meaning. The ‘K’ stands for ‘Kool’ which has been thought of by keeping in mind the young generation of our country. Then the ‘UV’ reflects the SUV-ish character of the vehicle. And lastly the ‘100’ represents the pecking order of the series which comes in below TUV300 and XUV500.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, M&M Ltd. said that they are all set to create a new segment with the launch of the KUV100 which also marks their foray into ground up petrol engines. An ambitious project from the very start, the KUV100, is all set to carve its niche amongst first time car buyers with its unique propositions. He is confident that the KUV100, like its predecessors, will become an extremely popular brand and will be cited for taking Mahindra to a whole new orbit.
Like we mentioned before, Mahindra has also unveiled a new family of engines and the new KUV100 will be powered by one of these engines. These new engines will be available in both petrol and diesel variants and so will be the KUV100. The petrol engine of the new mFALCON family is named as mFALCON G80. It will be a 1.2 liter unit which will churn out 82 HP and will also have Dual VVT. The diesel variant is called mFALCON D75 and it is also a 1.2 liter unit but it spits out 77 HP. It will be a turbo charged engine. Mahindra says that both the new engines are meant for delivering good amount of low end torque which will provide an enjoyable drive.
Also present at the event were Pravin Shah, President & Chief Executive, (Automotive), M&M Ltd. He said that with the evolving aspirations of today’s youth they needed a product that will effectively address their needs for an SUV lifestyle. Being a listening organization, they identified the need gaps among consumers and started planning for the product. Coming from their state of the art manufacturing plant at Chakan, the KUV100 is a no-compromise, next-generation compact SUV that will set the stage for the emergence of an all new category. While being a market leader in the SUV segment, he is sure that with the addition of the KUV100 in their portfolio, they will effectively address the entire gamut of customer segments from entry level to high end SUV with their product portfolio.
Mahindra has designed its new compact SUV in its world class research and development facility, the Mahindra Research Valley, located in Chennai. KUV100 is primarily designed for the youth of the country and for the first-time car buyers. The sculpted headlamp, prominent hood and high belt line gives the KUV100 a great look imitating one of an urban crossover’s. It has an indigenously developed monocoque body which will definitely help in the handling. Mahindra says that the KUV100 will have many firsts to its credit including the first ground up petrol engine. Mahindra will launch the vehicle soon and it will be available in 7 exciting colors.