MAHINDRA STEPS OUT OF SHADOWS TO SHINE WITH TUV300
Few years ago when anyone dares mentions the name Mahindra it was like a taboo. With passage of times, things took drastic change as Mahindra is now mentioned alongside legendary manufacturers like Toyota, Volkswagen etc.
Few weeks ago had the pleasure of driving Mahindra TUV 300 to the Limpopo Province and it caught attention of many people on the road.
Limpopo is known to be a rural place and most of the roads there are gravel roads. Driving the TUV 300 gave me an opportunity to test its abilities off the road and I’m happy its abilities.
It’s large enough to comfortably seat 5 people, and if you have an extra two passengers who don’t mind sitting right at the back on two fold-out chairs facing one another, you could easily seat 7 people. Mahindra says that the new TUV300 has been inspired by the design of a battle tank. It’s a bit of an aggressive description but you’ll spot the resemblance from a distance. With its high front nose and ground clearance it fits into South Africa’s SUV segment.
“It is available in South Africa in top-spec T8 M/T form, has a bold, rugged appearance and toughened high strength steel body that allows it to tackle any challenge thrown at it. Its clean, chiselled lines are distinctive and purposeful, creating a shape that highlights its prominent shoulders, an elevated front end, short overhangs, raised ground clearance, and an angular, purposeful silhouette.”
The TUV300 offers a lot in terms of space and comfort. Leg and headroom was ample for back passengers and the cabin itself feels roomy and spacious! The durable fabric upholstery is extremely comfy and soft to touch (as indicated by those who happily fell asleep on the back seats when driving home).
There’s a lot that’s offered as standard in the new TUV300. Driver and passenger airbags, aircon, the Mahindra multi-media system which includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX inputs, and a multi-functional steering wheel, to name a few.
“The clearly legible, circular instruments for speed and rev count are housed in a binnacle directly ahead of the driver, while the digital display for the trip computer is located between the two dials.” Apart from driver and passenger airbags, occupants can take comfort in knowing that the new Mahindra TUV300’s braking system is fitted with ABS anti-lock control, which incorporates electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Automatic door locking is also standard.
The new Mahindra TUV300 is on sale through Mahindra South Africa’s national dealer network, and will be offered in a choice of four colours: Molten Orange Majestic Silver Glacier White Dynamo Red.
The recommended retail price of the Mahindra TUV300 T8 Manual is R229 995 The price includes a three-year/100 000 km warranty, and a three-year/ 90 000km service plan with first service at 10 000km followed by intervals of 20 000km
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