An updated version of the Mahindra KUV100 (now featuring the "Nxt" suffix) has arrived in South Africa, boasting a new entry-level derivative and thus a lower starting price.

Thanks to the addition of the new K2+ variant (taking the total number of derivatives in the local range from five to six), the KUV100 Nxt line-up now kicks off at R134 999.

This latest model revision includes tweaks to the exterior styling in the form of a new grille, larger (15-inch) alloy wheels for the flagship K8 variants and redesigned taillamps. LED daytime running lights are also now part of the package.

Furthermore, new silver skid plates have been added front and rear, while the Indian brand claims the roof rails are now more aerodynamically efficient. The side-mirrors gain integrated indicators, while the tailgate, rear bumper and spoiler have been redesigned, too.

Mahindra says it has added “new premium finishes” to the cabins of the higher-spec models, in the form of revised upholstery, piano black detailing and a new temperature control panel on those derivatives fitted with climate control. The range-topping K8 variants, meanwhile, gain a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

All KUV100 Nxt models ship standard with dual front airbags and ABS, with K6+ and K8 variants adding EBD, automatic door locks and an alarm.

Under the bonnet, nothing has changed, with the engine line-up again comprising two three-cylinder units (each displacing 1,2 litres and driving the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox). The first is the 1,2 mFalcon G80 petrol engine, which delivers 61 kW and 115 N.m of torque. Then there’s the 1,2 mFalcon D75 turbodiesel mill, which makes 57 kW and 190 N.m.

A three-year/100 000 km warranty comes standard, while K6+ and K8 models also feature a three-year/50 000 km service plan, with intervals of 10 000 km.

Pricing:
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K2+ Petrol: R134 999
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K4+ Petrol: R163 999
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K6+ Petrol: R187 999
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K6+ Diesel: R204 999
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K8 Petrol: R199 999
Mahindra KUV100 Nxt K8 Diesel: R219 999