Mahindra KUV 100 NXT AMT variant has been spied testing in Mumbai. We expect the AMT variant to launch soon after it was confirmed last year at the launch of KUV 100 NXT. The KUV 100 rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
Mahindra KUV 100 is the smallest SUV or Micro-SUV of India. Mahindra has given this car pure SUV looks. It is a popular entry-level car as it comes in 5-seater and 6-seater options. Last year, it received a facelift in form of KUV 100 NXT. However, the micro-SUV comes without an AMT variant. At the launch of the facelift, Mahindra had confirmed about the launch of AMT variant this year. Now, Motoroids has spied the KUV 100 NXT AMT variant in Mumbai. We expect it to launch soon, this year itself.
Mahindra KUV 100 NXT currently comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. Yes, it’s the same car that gets the gear stick integrated on the centre console. If the AMT variant is launched soon, the rivalry between KUV and Ignis will get more fierce. Maruti Suzuki Ignis offers an AMT variant right from its launch.
The KUV 100 NXT gets a 1.2 Litre MPFI petrol engine and a 1.2 Litre turbocharged diesel engine. The petrol engine produces around 82 BHP of power and 115 Nm of torque. The diesel engine churns out 77 BHP of power and 190 Nm of torque.
Now, the AMT gearbox has been spied on a diesel variant. Most likely, both the petrol and diesel variants will get AMT. The AMT variant will also get Creep and Economy modes, which are now usually offered on many automatic transmission cars.
The features onboard the micro-SUV include LED DRLs, Electric ORVMs with turn indicators, a touchscreen infotainment system, Steering-mounted audio and phone controls, Micro Hybrid Technology and more. For comfort, it gets height adjustable driver seat, dead pedal, Gear and Gear shift indicator, Cooled Glovebox, Rear Parking sensors and Internal rear view mirror with day/night function.
The safety features on the Mahindra KUV 100 include ABS with EBD and Dual Airbags as standard fitment. Rest of the features include Speed sensing auto door locks, ISOFIX, Automatic Hazard warning lamps and more.
Another attractive point about the KUV 100 is that it offers an optional 6-seater variant. Basically, the front row is joined, instead of individual captain seats, just like it was in the Old Fiat Premier. The 6-seater variant charges a little premium over the normal 5-seater variant.
The Mahindra KUV 100 starts from Rs 4.68 lakhs up to Rs 7.76 Lakhs (ex-showroom New Delhi). Recently there was a news stating that Maruti Suzuki, Tata, and Renault are gearing up to launch Micro-SUVs in India. This might be a little problem for the KUV 100, as it is the only Micro-SUV in the market.