It isn’t news that Mahindra has been working on an automatic version of its new XUV300. In fact, at the launch of the compact SUV, Mahindra had an AMT-equipped model ready. We can now confirm that the Mahindra XUV300 diesel-AMT will launch in India by the third week of this month.
As we had reported just before the XUV300’s launch in February 2019, Mahindra’s two newest models – the XUV300 and the Marazzo MPV – will both get a Magnetti Marelli-sourced automated manual transmission. Until now, both, the 110hp, 1.2-litre turbo-petrol, and the 117hp, 1.5-litre diesel engines on the compact SUV were only available with a 6-speed manual as standard. With the addition of the automatic option on the diesel engine, Mahindra will have a feature not available on some of its rivals like the Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Venue; the Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza do have a diesel-AMT option in their line-ups.
While it isn't confirmed yet, we expect all variants upward of the mid-spec Mahindra XUV300 W6 to get the AMT. Based on Mahindra’s pricing trend, expect the XUV300 diesel-AMT to cost about Rs 50,000 more than the respective diesel-manual variants.