The new Mahindra XUV300 is about to launch in South Africa, but CARmag.co.za has managed to source local engine and specifications details ahead of the official announcement.

From what we understand, the local XUV300 line-up will include two engines and two generous trim levels, for a total of four derivatives.

The turbocharged 1,2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine offers 81 kW (at 5 000 r/min) and 200 N.m (from 2 000 to 3 500 r/min). There's also a 1,5-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel unit (delivering 86 kW at 3 750 r/min and 300 N.m from 1 500 to 2 500 r/min) which we drove at the international launch in India. Each engine is mated to the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox.

The W6 trim level will feature LED daytime running lights, LED taillamps, follow-me-home headlamps, a cheeky roof spoiler, roof rails (although seemingly for cosmetic purposes only) and 16-inch steel wheels.

Inside, you’ll find electric windows, air-conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with a four-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and auxiliary/USB ports), satellite navigation and smartwatch connectivity.

Safety equipment will include two airbags, ABS (with EBD), Isofix child-seat anchors and an immobiliser. A neat "wheel direction indicator" is also included.

The range-topping W8 specification level, meanwhile, adds five more airbags (for a total of seven), electronic stability programme (with rollover mitigation), foglamps (fore and aft), parking sensors (front and rear), a reversing camera, an alarm system, rear bench seatbelt warning system, hill-hold assist, tyre-pressure monitoring and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.

It also gains dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry (with start button), a glass sunroof, a TFT display in the instrument cluster (which itself boasts adjustable colour lighting), leather trim for steering wheel, faux-leather upholstery, a pair of dash-mounted tweeters and a sunglasses holder.

The flagship will also boast 17-inch alloys, added chrome for the grille, electrically folding side mirrors (with integrated turn signals) and silver-painted skid-plates (fore and aft), plus a rear armrest with cup holders, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and chromed interior door handles.

Expect Mahindra to offer its standard five-year/150 000 km warranty as well as a service plan of the same length. An optional maintenance plan is also on the cards.

So, just how big is the newcomer? Well, the XUV300 measures 3 995 mm long and 1 821 mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2 600 mm.

Stay tuned for local pricing...