The Mahindra KUV100 was launched yesterday in India and our friends from IAB were on location to photograph the quirky model.

The Mahindra KUV100 was launched yesterday in India and our friends from IAB were on location to photograph the quirky model.

You know a car manufacturer is trying too hard when a new model gets the “Kool Utility Vehicle” moniker. Designed to appeal to the youngsters of India, the KUV100 is a peculiar pint-sized crossover that can be had in five- and six-seat configurations. It’s not exactly what we would call attractive as the proportions are all wrong and the design has some cues of older SsangYong models which we all know weren’t pretty nice, to say the least.

Power comes from Mahindra’s newest mFalcon lineup of engines that includes a gasoline three-cylinder 1.2-liter with 82 horsepower and 84 pound-feet (114 newton meters) of torque. There’s also a more economical diesel three-cylinder 1.2-liter motor capable of producing 77 hp and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm). Regardless of engine choice, both of them come exclusively linked to a five-speed manual transmission. To boost fuel economy, the KUV100 has start/stop technology along with an Eco mode.

On the safety side, the KUV100 gets standard ABS and EBD, but if you go for the flagship K8 version Mahindra will throw in dual front airbags that are optional on the lesser trims. Some of the other features include front & rear armrests, electrically-adjustable mirrors, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a multimedia system with Bluetooth support.

On sale in India, the Mahindra KUV100 is priced from the equivalent of around $6,510.

Additional images are available at the source link below.

Source: indianautosblog.com

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