Launched on January 15 in India, the latest offering from Mahindra — KUV100 is expected to be launched in the Nepali market soon. Agni Incorporated, authorised distributor of Mahindra Vehicles, is planning to introduce the new compact SUV by the end of April. Mahindra KUV100 with its aggressive styling and dominating SUV stance remains true to the tough and rugged Mahindra DNA. The new Mahindra KUV100 would be offered in four trims — K2, K4, K6 and K8.
“KUV stands for Kool Utility Vehicle. It is one of the young, cool and trendy vehicles to be introduced in Nepal,” said Sijan Neupane, Marketing Manager at Agni Incorporated, adding, “We believe this vehicle will secure itself among the top three positions in the compact SUV segment in the Nepali market.” Citing that the vehicle will have a competitive price tag, he informed, “The price of the compact SUV will range from Rs 2.4 million to Rs 3.1 million.” According to him, its competitors are Maruti Suzuki Swift, Wagon R and Ford Figo.
Under the hood, the KUV100 will be powered by mFALCON, an all-new engine family with options of both petrol (mFALCON G80) and diesel (mFALCON D75). Named after a bird of prey, mFALCON is a compact lightweight engine built to deliver playful and high performance as its name suggests. The KUV100 claims to be a next generation SUV that fits the evolving aspirations and lifestyle of today’s youth.
Both engines are built to deliver excellent low-end torque for the perfect SUV performance and a pleasant driving experience. The petrol version gets a 1.2-litre aspirated three-cylinder engine that generates about 81bhp
of power and 114Nm of torque. While the 1.2-litre diesel engine generates about 76 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque.
While all variants would be offered with same engine specs, it would vary in terms of features. The K2 gets features like power steering with tilt function, body coloured bumpers, rear spoilers, front arm rest, gear indicator in instrument cluster, illuminated key hole, ABS and EBD, LED turn indicators, engine immobiliser and LED turn indicators.
The KUV100 K4 comes with central locking, four power windows, body coloured door handles, wheel caps, mud flaps, day/night interior rear view mirror, foldable rear seats, rear spoiler, body coloured bumpers, power steering with tilt function, ac and heater, front armrest, gear indicator, Illuminated key hole, LED turn indicators, ABS and EBD and engine immobiliser.
The KUV100 K6 offers chrome front grille, blacked-out B-pillar, roof-mounted antenna, roof rails, driver-seat height adjustment, foldable rear seats, power windows, central locking, day/night interior rear view mirror, power steering with tilt function, ac and heater. Moreover, gear indicator in instrument cluster, illuminated key hole, LED turn indicators, ABS and EBD, engine immobilizer, keyless entry, follow-me home headlamps, lead me to vehicle lamps, infotainment system, two drive modes — power and eco are some other features of the compact SUV.
Meanwhile, KUV100 K8 offers micro hybrid system, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, puddle lamps at all doors, 12-spoke alloy wheels, silver accents on rear door handles, chrome inserts, chrome front grille, blacked-out B-pillar, driver-seat height adjustment, Keyless entry, follow-me home headlamps, lead me to vehicle lamps, infotainment system. This variant also offers two drive modes — power and eco.
At the meantime, the K8 also features mud flaps, wheel caps, foldable rear seats, four power windows, central locking, day/night interior rearview mirror, rear spoiler, power steering with tilt function, ac and heater, gear indicator in instrument cluster, illuminated keyhole, LED turn indicators, ABS and EBD and engine immobiliser. The compact SUV offers ample boot space of 243 litres and when rear seat is folded it expands to 473 litres.