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The Mahindra KUV100 – which was unveiled last month – has made its market debut in India. The compact SUV, which sits below the automaker’s TUV300 and XUV500 offerings, is aimed at younger and first time car buyers.

Designed in-house and engineered at the Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai, the KUV100 is available in both petrol and diesel versions. An all-new engine range called the mFalcon makes its debut on the SUV – both 1.2 litre units have been designed from the ground up by Mahindra.

The petrol unit is called the G80, and numbers on the dual VVT petrol mill are 82 hp at 5,500 rpm and 115 Nm at 3,500 to 3,600 rpm, with a 18.15 km per litre fuel efficiency being touted for it.

The turbodiesel is known as the D75, and has 77 hp at 3,750 rpm and 190 Nm at 1,750 to 2,250 rpm for output numbers. The automaker proudly states that the oil-burner variant is India’s most fuel efficient SUV, with a certified 25.32 km per litre fuel consumption figure.

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The domestic market will see four model ranges – offering seven variants (K2, K2+, K4, K4+, K6, K6+, K8) – being available for the KUV100, and features include a first-in-class flexi six-seater option, aside from the usual five-seat configuration. The flexible sixth seat (front row, essentially a bench layout) can be converted to a large armrest for the driver and co-driver, the automaker says.

Other bits include Power/Eco mode and engine start-stop (for the diesel variants), daytime running lights, steering-mounted audio controls, flat-folding rear seats and 243 litres of boot space, which is expandable to 473 litres.

In terms of safety kit, ABS with EBD is standard fitment across the model range, and dual airbags are available as an option even on the base variant. The KUV100 also comes with Isofix child seat mounts on the rear seat, speed-sensing auto door locks (with auto-unlocking in the event of a crash) and automatic hazard lights on panic braking.

Assembled at Mahindra’s manufacturing plant in Chakan, Maharashtra, pricing for the KUV100 – which is pronounced as KUV ‘1 double Oh’ – starts from Rs. 4.42 lakhs (RM28,500) for the K2 petrol variant and Rs. 5.22 lakhs (RM33,650) for the K2 diesel variant.