Said to take inspiration from a battle tank on the outside, the TUV300 (pr. three-double-oh) slots in between the KUV100 and KUV500 in Mahindra's SUV line-up, with only the flagship T8 being allocated for South Africa.
Touted as having been designed "to tackle challenging conditions around globe including South Africa", the TUV300 gets body coloured door handles and bumpers with chrome finished foglights surrounds, 15-inch alloy wheels and tailgate mounted full-size alloy spare.
Inside, the interior takes after the recently launched Scorpio S10 with the same layout and notable items such as a infotainment display with Bluetooth, USB and BlueSense app detection, full-trip computer, smartphone charging points, keyless entry, electric windows all around, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and follow-me-home headlights.
As well as boasting seven-seats in a 5+2 layout, the TUV300 also introduces Mahindra's Micro-Hybrid stop/start to South Africa for the first time, as well as a Eco Mode and Brake Energy Regeneration.
Up front, the TUV300 uses the latest version of Mahindra's mHawk three-cylinder turbodiesel engine, displacing 1.5-litres with a output of 74 kW and 240 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels with fuel consumption being rated at 5.4 L/100 km.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 90 000 km service plan is included in the TUV300's R229 995 sticker price.