Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the freeze, several carmakers have had to postpone their new releases and rollouts. The 2020 Mahindra TUV300 sub-4 m SUV and its expanded nine-seater twin, the TUV300 Plus are among those awaited.
The TUV300 received a facelift in 2019 but still did not comply with the latest safety standards for the pedestrians. Mahindra tested this updated model late last year with a BS6-compliant engine, as seen in these spy shots. It was supposed to debut in April 2020 but its arrival has been postponed by the prevailing circumstances.
The updated TUV300 is spied on with minor cosmetic updates focused around the front fascia that includes a new slimmer slat grille. The revised version of the bumper doesn’t appear as smooth as it does on the outgoing edition and gets a sportier air dam too. The new TUV300 Plus will feature other facelift updates like the new headlamps and tail lamps seen on the 2019 TUV300 as well. The addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment is expected in terms of the feature updates.
Mahindra will be offering the TUV300 with a 1.5 liter diesel engine compliant with BS6. It would be the same engine as before that was tuned to an performance of 100PS and 240Nm in the facelifted series. The BS6 engine is likely to deliver the same performance and will continue to be offered with just a 5-speed manual. The 2.2-liter diesel will be soldier on with the BS6 update in the case of the TUV300 Plus, and is likely to get the 140PS tune as the Scorpio BS6.