In what is viewed in the motor industry as a bold move to boost the faltering sales of its model, popular UV maker Mahindra is reportedly working on the facelifted avatar of its sub-compact SUV KUV100 for the Indian market. The model was launched by Mahindra in India in January last year.
Although the KUV100 was intended for a new segment that targets the unchartered territory between hatchback and SUV, it did not push the cash registers. Now a report by AutocarIndia suggests that the KUV100 will get a facelift later this year with changes evident in its styling and design. The report adds that changes will be at the front and design, suggesting a complete overhaul. Other details of the KUV100 facellift are scanty at this point of time. Mahindra is also expected to update its Scorpio and XUV100 in the coming months.
The KUV100 is built on a monocoque chassis and the powerplant of KUV100 is Mahindra's newly developed mFalcon engines. Offered in both petrol and diesel variants, the petrol 1.2-litre mFalcon G80 engine is tuned to churn out 82bhp and 114Nm while the 1.2-litre mFalcon D75 diesel engine can develop 77bhp and a peak torque of 190Nm. Its transmission is shouldered by a five-speed manual gearbox in both the diesel and petrol versions. The diesel models of Mahindra KUV100 claim to offer a mileage of 25.32 kmpl and the petrol promises to deliver 18.15 kmpl.
In January this year, Mahindra launched the anniversary edition of the KUV100. Priced at Rs 6.37 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), the new KUV100 is available in the top-end K8 variant of the model. Mahindra KUV100 Anniversary edition comes in two shades — Flamboyant Red and Dazzling Silver with a Metallic Black roof — and features 15-inch alloy wheels.