At the 2024 Bharat Mobility Expo, Mahindra introduced its debutant in the flex fuel realm, unveiling the XUV300 Flex Fuel. Joining the likes of Maruti Suzuki and Toyota, Mahindra showcased its flex fuel vehicle at the prestigious Bharat Mobility Expo platform. Let's delve into the details of the XUV300 Flex Fuel:
The XUV300 Flex Fuel retains the familiar 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine found in the standard version. Generating 109bhp and 200Nm of torque, it remains paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. While the power output remains unchanged from the standard version, the powertrain incorporates additional components to enable compatibility with flex fuel. Capable of running on a blend of E20 to E85 (20 to 85 percent ethanol in gasoline), the XUV300 Flex Fuel offers versatility in fuel options.
No alterations have been made to the exterior or interior of the XUV300 Flex Fuel. The showcased W6 variant featured exterior stickers highlighting its alternative fuel capability. However, a significant update is on the horizon for the XUV300, with the expectation that the flex-fuel compatible version, slated for release next year, will retain the same design and cabin features introduced with the XUV300 facelift.
Competition and Pricing
Currently, no other sub-four-metre SUVs are offering a flex-fuel compatible option. However, this landscape may change upon the launch of the XUV300 Flex Fuel next year. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki showcased the Brezza in the CBG version (Compressed Biomethane Gas) at the Bharat Mobility Show, presenting another alternative fuel sub-four-metre SUV slated for release in the coming years.
In terms of pricing, the FF version of the XUV300 is expected to command a slight premium over the standard version. Expected to see a price increase of approximately Rs 1-1.5 lakh upon its India launch, the XUV300 Flex Fuel offers enhanced flexibility in fuel choices, catering to consumers' evolving preferences and environmental concerns.