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Mahindra baby SUV - the KUV100
Mahindra baby SUV – the KUV100

Mahindra SA is broadening its model range with a newcomer that, it says, “combines the manoeuvrability and agility of a small hatchback with the raised stance and versatility of a compact sport utility vehicle”.

It’s the KUV100, takes the brand’s passenger vehicle range to five, and is described as “a compact SUV that adds the rugged personality, taller stance and all-round versatility of an SUV” to the small-car population.

Pawan Goenka, executive director of Mahindra & Mahindra, told The Corner in a media release: “The launch of the KUV100 in South Africa is a defining moment in the automotive journey of Mahindra.

Mahindra baby SUV - the KUV100
Mahindra baby SUV – the KUV100

“The KUV100 is targeting a new customer group: South Africa is an important market for Mahindra and I’m sure the KUV100 will bring new experiences to you.”

Sanjoy Gupta, chief executive officer of Mahindra SA, added: “Demand for an SUV is rising because of their lifestyle appeal and practicality. However such vehicles are, typically, too expensive for budget-conscious buyers so the KUV100 has a broad appeal and is a strong value proposition.”

The car is a tad longer than 3. 67m, 1.7m wide and 1. 65m tall – squarish dimensions that, Mahindra believes, suit its SUV personality. The 2.385m wheelbase “suggests ample interior space”.

A higher-spec model has “sporty” highlights that include a grille with chromed bits, alloy wheel-rims, silver-accented rear door-releases, a roof antenna and chromed fog lights front and rear.

All units have a front underbody scuff plate and the top models have daytime running lights though all units have roof rails and a rear spoiler. Ground clearance is 17cm, the car has 14″ rims shod with chunky 185/65 tyres which, Mahindra says, “should prove beneficial on SA’s many gravel roads and pot-holed tar”.

Mahindra baby SUV - the KUV100
Mahindra baby SUV – the KUV100

Short front and rear overhangs mean approach and departure angles of 22 and 43 degress respectively and a ramp-over angle of 22 degrees. Front/rear suspension travel is 15cm/20cm for “occasional rough-road use”.

The KUV100 is offered with petrol or turbodiesel drivetrains:

Mahindra’s own all-new three-cylinder engine with multipoint fuel-injection and dual variable valve timing. It’s an all-aluminium, 1198cc, unit capable of 61kW at 5500rpm and 115Nm from 3500-3600rpm. Drive goes to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

A three-cylinder turbodiesel capable of 57kW at 3750rpm and 190Nm from 1750-2250rpm. It’s also hooked to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.

The turbodiesel, Mahindra claims, has the lowest fuel-consumption in the compact SUV class at 4.4 litres/100km though the company does not declare where this was certified. Power/Eco modes and stop/start technology help to keep consumption modest.

The petrol KUV100 claims 5.9 litres/100km.

Mahindra baby SUV - the KUV100
Mahindra baby SUV – the KUV100

Steering is power-assisted, there are disc brakes on the front wheels, and the car rides on an independent front suspension comprising Macpherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock-absorbers; the rear has a torsion beam, coil springs and gas shocks.

The car has five seats and a “floating” facia from which sprouts the short gear-shifter – a joystick-inspired short-shift item whose position allows a flat floor.

A twin-pod instrument cluster, fabric upholstery, a sporty steering wheel and mood lighting are among the highlights, Mahindra says, while piano black finishes give higher-specification models a more premium feel.

Specification levels vary depending on model but key features include a rear bench seat that folds flat to take luggage space from 243 to 473 litres. There’s more space under the rear of the cabin.

There are adjustable head restraints front and rear, tilt-adjustable steering, arm rest cupholders front and rear, one-litre bottle holders in the door pockets and 12V accessory sockets front and rear.

Power windows, central locking and an immobiliser are standard.

All KUV100 models have anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and corner braking control as well as two front crash bags, a collapsible steering column, and child locks on the rear doors.

Click here to find out more about each model.

The Mahindra KUV100 model range is available in seven colours.

See below for prices and follow the link to the Mahindra website for details of each model.

Mahindra baby SUV - the KUV100
Mahindra baby SUV – the KUV100

PRICING, WARRANTY AND SERVICE PLAN

Recommended retail prices (including VAT):

KUV100 1.2 K4+ Petrol R 149 995
KUV100 1.2 K6+ Petrol R 169 995
KUV100 1.2 K6+ TDiesel R 187 995
KUV100 1.2 K8 Petrol R 179 995
KUV100 1.2 K8 TDiesel R 197 995

Prices include a three-year or 100 000km warranty on all models and a three-year or 50 000 km service plan on the K6+ and K8 (option for K4+).

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PRICES, WARRANTIES AND SERVICE PLANS

The Mahindra KUV100 model range is available in seven colours. Recommended retail prices (including VAT):

KUV100 1.2 K4+ Petrol R149 995
KUV100 1.2 K6+ Petrol R169 995
KUV100 1.2 K6+ TDiesel R187 995
KUV100 1.2 K8 Petrol R179 995
KUV100 1.2 K8 TDiesel R197 995

…which include a three-year or 100 000km warranty on all models and a three-year or 50 000km service plan on the K6+ and K8 derivatives (option for K4+).

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