Went to Indian Garage showroom to have a look at the tough guy. Well, in flesh the SUV looks good. Checked out the T8. Test drives were not yet started, seems they have a press meet tomorrow at the ITC Grand Chola and the vehicles were being made ready for the same, the sales executive promised me a test drive on saturday. All customer present there were given a small Sri Mithai sweet box
The vehicle has a macho, butch appeal when viewed form the front, does not look like a sub 4 metre vehicle due to the width.
The side profile shows the length and I must say the execution has been near perfect, the fact being it would have been very difficult for the designers with the 4 meter barrier. IMO
they have done a good job. The 190 MM ground clearance is evident.
The rear looks stylish with the neat spare wheel cover design. Unlike Ecosport the spare wheel cover is part of stock vehicle (T8)
The dash was a neat layout with hexagonal center console with black and beige combo. Hard plastics used but then the design is simple and neat.
The steering looks meaty, well proportioned with audio/volume controls and is adjustable for rake and not reach
Space will be its biggest USP, a spacious, well laid out sub 4 mtrs vehicle.
The front seats provide good support, had a health height adjustment range, the rear bench is flat doesn't offer good support but is wide enough to seat 3 adults comfortably, will not be a squeeze. The leg room is superior, I'm 5'11", in my driving position I had about 5 to 6 inches gap between my knee and the front seat, you could also stretch your feet under the front seat.
The jump seats in the boot are sufficient enough for adults for short intra city trips. The seats can be removed completely to have dedicated boot space as per the SA.
The overhangs are absolutely nil in front and back and the bumpers look flimsy for a vehicle of this size.
The tyre size looked puny in pics, but looked OK in real, should be good enough. Offered in 215/85 R16 rubber.
The front center grill plastic is of low quality, the paint had a smudged look and was different from the paint finish on the bonnet.
The ergonomics were decent, controls easily fall to hand, the oddly placed power window buttons near the hand brake did not actually pose any problems.
The mHawk80, I'm not sure how will it ride, moving the 1590 kgs kerb weight with passengers and luggage, its is refined for sure than the quanto engine and hence the mHawk moniker. May be Mahindra should offer another engine option with more than 100 PS power, would be a great choice.
They have host of accessories to choose from to make the TUV more urban. Good initiative by Mahindra considering the fact that customers are any ways looking for after market mod options. One need not worry about void warranty.
Overall a very honest attempt by M& M
to create the compact SUV segment and I must say IMO
, they have succeeded. They've got the pricing spot on and have give keen focus on safety aspects, kudos to M&M for that. The T6+ AMT costs more than the T8 MT, customer needs to choose between the convince of an AT and the features of the T8. BTW
, the AMT is the only second diesel AMT on offer under 10 Lacs after the Zest . TUV 300 is a very good option at the sub 10 lac category, a perfect SUV (pun intended) for those who aspire to own an SUV but could not afford more than 10 lacs, and those who feel the bigger ones are tough to manoeuvre in the city.
All in all, the customers stand to gain
as there are heap loads of options in the sub 10 lac category. A customer with a budget of Rs 10 Lacs (I'm one) can choose between a hatch, sub 4 meter sedan, sedan, SUV, crossover, MPV and what not? depending on the requirement.
The TUV looks stylish with those add ons