Mahindra KUV100 NXT
The updated Mahindra KUV100 NXT is a sub-four-metre car and is still offered in four variants - K2, K4, K6, and K8 with + (plus) options. Though technically it's still a hatchback, Mahindra continues to call it its smallest SUV. Having said that, the car continues to rival with the likes of, Maruti Suzuki Ignis and the Hyundai Grand i10.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT comes in 8 different color options namely Flamboyant Red & Metallic Black, Dazzling Silver & Metallic Black, Fiery Orange, Pearl White, Dazzling Silver, Flamboyant Red, Designer Grey, and Midnight Black.
Mahindra have crafted the front profile assertively with most of the attention paid to the bumper. The front fascia of the KUV100 NXT gets a very lean radiator grille with vertically placed chrome finished fillets.
The pulled back head lamps are wide from front and get tapered towards the end almost covering the hood length. Black plastic cladding is draped all around the KUV100 NXT to give it that SUV-ish feel.
The rear does bear some resemblance to the Hyundai Grand i10, but the designers at Mahindra have tried to make it as unique as possible.
The Mahindra KUV100 NXT gets partial wheel caps on the base trim, while the rest of the range gets full wheel caps save for the top-spec variant which features alloy wheels. Tubeless radial tyres measuring 185/60 R15 are fitted in front and back across model series.
The rectangular shaped fog lamps in front are tucked well within the black cladding.
Mahindra KUV100 NXT gets height adjustable, follow me or lead me home head lamps. The pulled back head lamps are wide from front and get tapered towards the end almost covering the hood length.
The KUV100 NXT gets captivatingly designed tail lamps and a very sharp line running over tail lights which is stretched until the wheel arches.
The KUV100 NXT is powered by MFalcon D75 Turbocharger diesel and MFalcon G80 (MPFI) petrol engines.
The 1.2-litre all-aluminum mFalcon G80 3-cylinder petrol motor produces 82bhp of power and 114Nm of torque, whereas, the diesel is a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged common-rail engine, named the mFalcon D75, and develops 77bhp along with 190Nm of torque.
Mahindra offers the KUV100 NXT in a dual tone interior scheme. The cabin is dominated by grey with black colour splashed on the centre console, steering wheel, dashboard and door pads.
You'll also see the KUV100 NXT get a tinge of silver around the centre console and steering wheel which brings prominence to the styling inside. The long rectangular centre console gets dash-mounted ac vents on the top followed by touch-screen and vertically aligned temperature dials on the left side.
The 3+3 seating arrangement inside makes it the first vehicle to get six-seat layout. It's possible only because of the way Mahindra has positioned the gear lever. It's like what we've seen in the Hyundai i10, but Mahindra has managed to make use of the space that is saved because of this.
The new petrol engine on the KUV100 NXT is silent and is capable of delivering 17.45 kmpl and the ARAI rated fuel economy for diesel engine is 23.04kmpl. On the performance front, the petrol-powered version may not withstand competition as it isn't promising enough as Mahindra would have wished.