In almost every way, this is a regular TUV300, with ‘almost’ being the operative word here. While the body, mechanicals and interiors of this car are exactly the same, only the engine is now a bit different. It’s the same basic motor as before, but it’s been modified to extract an additional 17hp of power and 10Nm of torque, now rated at 102hp and 240Nm. The more powerful engine, badged mHawk100, is the one that powers the Mahindra NuvoSport.
According to the carmaker, this 102hp variant has been launched following feedback from customers who felt the TUV300 needed more power. In our road test of the TUV300 with its original ‘mHawk80’ engine, we too had pointed out that the car was very slow, mainly due to a poor power-to-weight ratio. Though it pulled well at lower revs, it ran out of breath and delivered lacklustre performance when pushed harder.
The TUV300 mHawk100 has been launched with both manual and AMT gearbox options. We got to test the manual version, and our first impression was that the additional power and torque wasn’t immediately apparent taking off from a standstill.
The reason is, at lower engine speeds, the pulling power of this motor is identical to that of its lower-powered sibling. However, as the rev needle climbs, the extra power and torque become more evident. The 240Nm of maximum torque is available from as low as 1,500rpm, and is delivered in a smooth manner all the way up to 2,800rpm, as compared to 2,250rpm in the older ‘mHawk80’ motor. This helps give the car much-needed additional thrust.
In fact, we pitted the two versions against each other, and the 102hp TUV300 quite effortlessly left the 85hp one in its wake. This extra thrust is likely to come in handy when overtaking, or simply cruising at higher speeds. The engine also stays refined for the most part, at least until about 3,500rpm, following which it gets noisy.
The added power, however, does come at the cost of fuel efficiency, with the claimed fuel efficiency falling slightly from 18.49kpl in the standard TUV300 to 18.05kpl in the new one, according to ARAI’s official rating.
On the inside, Mahindra has increased the length of the rear seat cushion, and increased padding to improve under-thigh support for rear passengers. However, the low seat height of the rear bench relative to the floor still leaves passengers’ thighs suspended off the seat. The bigger seat cushion will be made available on the 85hp TUV300 as well.
The TUV300 mHawk100 has been launched at Rs 8.98 lakh for the T8 manual variant and Rs 9.72 lakh for the T8 AMT (it is not available in the lower T4 and T6 trims) – a premium of Rs 8,000 over the TUV300 mHawk80 T8 manual and AMT variants, which will continue to be on sale.
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