Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has launched compact SUV TUV300 at an introductory price starting at Rs. 6.9 lakh (ex-showroom Pune), as it aims to strengthen its market share in the utility vehicles segment.
TUV300, which comes only with a diesel engine, is priced up to Rs. 9.12 lakh for the top-end variant which showcases the AMT (auto gear shift) technology.
"The TUV300 embodies Mahindra's tough and rugged DNA which makes me confident that it will be a brand creator in its segment and find favour both in India and globally," M&M Group Chairman Anand Mahindra told reporters here.
TUV300 will take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster that are priced between Rs. 7.88 lakh and Rs. 13.54 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Besides, it will also compete with compact crossovers such as Toyota Etios Cross, Hyundai i20 Active and Fiat Avventura, which are priced in a range of Rs. 6.23 lakh and Rs. 8.89 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Commenting on the production capacity, M&M Executive Director Pawan Goenka said the company has the capacity to produce 5,000 units of TUV300 a month.
"Production capacity can be further enhanced depending upon the market demand," he added.
Asked if the company plans to launch a petrol version of the vehicle, Goenka said, "We are developing 1.2 litre (model) with Ssangyong which will debut this fiscal. In the next 3-5 years, all the models we launch would have petrol engine option."
The company is also looking to export the vehicle to various global markets.
"To start with, we are looking to ship the vehicle to South Africa in next few weeks where we have good presence and then to neighbouring countries," M&M President and Chief Executive (Automotive) Pravin Shah said.
In the April-July period this fiscal, total utility vehicle sales in the country stood at 1,73,255 units, while that of M&M were at 62,558 units, translating into a market share of 36.1 per cent.
With TUV300, the company aims to strengthen its presence in the compact SUV segment. Quanto, another small SUV from the company's stable, has not been able to create sizable presence in the market.
M&M's forte has been in the bigger UV segment, with models such as the Scorpio and XUV500.