A long wheelbase version of the Mahindra TUV300 has been spotted doing the rounds outside Chennai. Pretty much an elongated version of the Mumbai based automaker’s boxy compact SUV, this vehicle will slot in above the TUV300/NuvoSport fraternal twins but below the Scorpio. It will take on the likes of the SUVs like the Duster, Creta, Terrano but also MPVs like the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
Expected to be christened TUV500, this car will have forward facing seats in the third row, instead of the opposite facing jump seats as in the TUV300. This will give the utilitarian design of the current TUV a more jump.
Mechanicals are expected to be carried forward from the standard TUV300. This includes the 1.5-litre mHawk 80 diesel engine as well as new petrol engine which will debut sometime next year. Transmission options are expected to continue from the current car.
No official information regarding the car is made available from the manufacturer. This car when launched will match the Scorpio, in terms of pricing, across certain variants indicating Mahindra’s strategy of introducing multiple models across segments to boost volume collectively.