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Old 31st July 2017, 11:24   #1
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Earlier this year, we had reported that Mahindra is working on a refreshed version of the KUV100. Now, a test mule of the car has been spotted near Chennai.

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The heavy camouflage does not reveal much about the vehicle. However, media reports have suggested that Mahindra may tone down the styling of the vehicle to make it appear less quirky. The spy images indicate that Mahindra has updated the front end of the car with a new grille and bumper with tweaked intakes along with revised headlights and fog lamps. At the rear, there are tail lights with reworked detailing and a bumper with less creases. The test mule is seen sporting 15-inch alloy wheels with a new multi-spoke design.

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As far as the interior is concerned, it is not clear whether there are any major changes carried out.

The KUV100's current petrol and diesel engines are expected to be carried over unchanged. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine produces 82 BHP @ 5,500 rpm and 115 Nm @ 3,500-3,600 rpm. The 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel makes 77 BHP @ 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm @ 1,750-2,250 rpm. At present, Mahindra offers the KUV100 with a 5-speed manual transmission only.

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There hardly seems to be a facelift!

The awkward curve in the body panel, below the rear window still exists, tyres are still puny.

The only things which look changed are
  • Rear tail light design
  • Red-highlight in headlamps seems to be missing. Maybe the goggles are gone

They could have made it look better this time around with some clean lines and better tyres! Sigh!
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Old 31st July 2017, 11:48   #3
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The rear wiper seems to have changed now. It is similar to what we see on modern cars today. Currently the KUV has an ugly and outdated type of rear wiper which were seen in pre 2000 era cars like zen, santro etc.
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Looks like they got rid of the ugly looong headlamps and replaced it with more mature units.
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The KUV100 is awfully quirky & ugly; however, Mahindra should keep it that way . If it was a clean design (say, like the Celerio), it would sink without a trace. The design & Mahindra brand are what differentiate it from the others in a crowded segment. It sure generated interest from folks in semi-urban & rural areas - I've seen it firsthand.

What Mahindra needs to do is work on the KUV100's highway behaviour & steering calibration.
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The KUV100 is awfully quirky & ugly; however, Mahindra should keep it that way . If it was a clean design (say, like the Celerio), it would sink without a trace. The design & Mahindra brand are what differentiate it from the others in a crowded segment. It sure generated interest from folks in semi-urban & rural areas - I've seen it firsthand.

What Mahindra needs to do is work on the KUV100's highway behaviour & steering calibration.
Ugly is fine if it is proportional atleast. KUV100 is ugly because it is unproportional and that is its biggest falling else we have cars like Nissan Juke doing fairly okay.
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I remember that a lot of owners had issues with the fuel efficiency of the petrol KUV100 when it was launched. Did they manage to resolve it later?
Apart from the aesthetics, the positioning of the middle seat on the front row needs to be looked into. It is exceptionally unsafe. There are people who think it is a six seater, but it is not. If having a continuous bench was the definition of a six seater, even the Padmini and Ambassador would have qualified. It is a shame that these features can be irresponsibly advertised without any regulatory obligation in India.

I agree with the observation that the ugliness has contributed to the success of this model. Even if you do not want to, your reflexes make you take a second look at this car when it appears on the rear-view mirror. There's nothing as disproportionate as this model in this class of cars in India. Nissan Juke is loud, but the design is coherent. That is not a compliment many would give to the KUV100.
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On first look, I thought, ok, that looks a lot better, only to get disappointed when it dawned that it's the camo. Actually, Mahindra should launch a color just like the camo and call it 007 shade or something. It hides the ugly design very well.

Seriously, they need to get rid of this thing, or at least the extra height if it stays. Fiddling with cosmetic parts won't help. Once this is done, I guess they will move on to facelift the NuvoSport.
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I find it heartbreaking that people are calling KUV100 ugly.

Guys, c'mon. For a second think about Mahindra Nuvosport. Wouldn't you take KUV100 any day? I would.

This facelift again is a half heart-ed, hotch-potch effort of Mahindra. Mahindra just seems to want a product in every category. Good or bad - who cares? Lets just get some numbers - seems to be the strategy.

I believe this has only made M&M not lose market share. And certainly not helped gain market share.

To end, point is -> 1 awesome product is worth 5 'whatever - me-too' products!
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KUV is one of the most unsightly cars ever sold in our market! I still cannot digest the way it looks on road.

Mahindra should have copied the Tivoli as such, after all that one looks good for a Ssangyong! Instead Mahindra got 'inspired' by the Tivoli and used some repulsive details.

The much better looking TUV has slowly and steadily gone past the KUV in terms of monthly sales.

Mahindra has got way too many also-rans in the portfolio currently. Its amazing how they manage the supply chain.
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I remember that a lot of owners had issues with the fuel efficiency of the petrol KUV100 when it was launched. Did they manage to resolve it later?
Car was silently recalled & updated. Here's an owner commenting:

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In chennai they did a recall for all petrol owners and did a software upgrade. I have driven nearly 800 kms after this and see good increase in mileage. It has gone up from 9 to 11 in the same route i drive everyday. Easily a 20% increase in mileage. I am now a happy owner

Also i was informed that the change was done mostly to the AC usage while idling and very minimal changes to air fuel ratio. I see a difference in cooling, but it still serves the purpose good in chennai heat. In the power part i really dont see any changes atleast in my driving style.
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On first look, I thought, ok, that looks a lot better, only to get disappointed when it dawned that it's the camo. Actually, Mahindra should launch a color just like the camo and call it 007 shade or something.


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Guys, c'mon. For a second think about Mahindra Nuvosport.
I have to sheepishly admit that I like the NuvoSport's front styling. Obviously don't like the ugly side & rear though.

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To end, point is -> 1 awesome product is worth 5 'whatever - me-too' products!
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Looks like they got rid of the ugly looong headlamps and replaced it with more mature units.
I think you guys are mistaken. That part of the headlamps does not serve any function, so it is covered by the camouflage. When comparing the two pictures it seems clear to me that the headlamp extensions are still very much present.
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I know, it is something next to impossible. That is, to make the KUV look better. But I did try and gave it a shot. Tried, as if I was on a budget.

I changed the headlamps, made them bigger. Changed the grill, altered the bumper and the airdam. Enlarged the fog lamp, changed the fender. And upsized the rims.

It's still quirky. But, a bit lesser.
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I know, it is something next to impossible. That is, to make the KUV look better. But I did try and gave it a shot. Tried, as if I was on a budget.
It's still quirky. But, a bit lesser.
Well done! This looks wayyyy better than the original. I think you design changes to the fender might improve the they-must-have-been-high-when-they-designed-it side profile a little bit too.
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KUV1OO on test, apart from its exterior styling updates it is likely to get the center console revision to accommodate a touchscreen infotainment unit.

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